That's because TCU fans SUCK. Too many kids get to campus, having cheered for whichever college Mommy & Daddy went to, and don't have a mind to think for themselves. They see that TCU doesn't get a crowd of 80-90,000 like Texas or LSU, so they don't think it's worth their time to be part of the crowd inside the stadium at a TCU game. Instead, they put on their purple shirt and show up to the tailgate at about the time of the kick-off and stay there for about an hour before heading to some shithole of a bar like Snookie's.
Sure, playing a 1-AA team doesn't help attendance, but it is the home opener. But the TCU administration seems eager to feed the fan apathy by prohibiting alcohol at the student tailgate (nice job, maybe you should suspend our starting running back. Oh wait...).
Things are better now than my freshman year in the fall of 2001. Back then, they were announcing crowds of 30,000 when in actuality there might have been 15-18,000 in the stadium. Now we have slowly built our die-hard fanbase and are probably closer to averaging a legit 30,000, but that is still a sad figure for a team of the caliber of the Frogs.
Our program is making great strides in becoming the elite program we'd like it to be. We've got one of the best head coaches & coaching staffs in the nation, an ever-improving set of facilities and recruiting continues to get better and better. The only thing missing is a truly devoted fanbase.
The thousands upon thousands of empty seats this Saturday are going to speak much more loudly than the (hopefully) lop-sided score in favor of the Frogs.