While the 38-7 win at BYU was among the most memorable and important wins for TCU in quite some time, it won't mean anything if the Frogs do not continue to approach every single game as if it is the most important game of the season. And really, from now on, every game IS the most important, because one slip up and all the hopes and dreams of what may come with an undefeated season fly right out the door.
If you judge UNLV, the Frogs' Homecoming opponent, by their 3-5 record or their defensive struggles over the past month, then you probably aren't losing much sleep over this Saturday's game against the Rebels. But do keep in mind that, just last year, Arizona State was ranked #15 when UNLV went to Tempe and knocked off the Sun Devils in overtime. Should they be a threat to the Frogs? No, but any of the 5 teams remaining on the Frogs schedule are too good to be overlooked...remember San Jose State in 2000 or SMU in 2005.
While Coach Patterson, his staff and the players concentrate on staying focused on beating UNLV, we the fans have a job, too- fill the shit out of Amon G. Carter and make some noise. If the Frogs continue to win and climb the rankings, members of several various bowl committees will start booking flights to come see TCU play. While the players will take care of impressing the bowl execs on the field, it's up to the fans to impress them with what's going on off the field- that is, they want to see how many tickets TCU fans will buy to their game, if invited, and how loud and boisterous they can be for those all-important TV cameras.
Through three home games this year, attendance is up 24% compared to the first three home games of '08. That's a great start, but averaging just over 34,000 per game is just not going to cut it for a Top 10 team that is trying to impress the creme de la creme of college bowl games. So for the remaining three home games, buy your tickets early, get into the stadium BEFORE kickoff and yell until you lose your voice when the Frogs are on defense. The Utah game ought to be a sell-out, but this team needs support before that- let's sell it out for UNLV!