First of all, congratulations to June Jones and his Mustangs on a game well played and for the victory. For the interest of the future of this great rivalry, I wish you all good luck the rest of the way in 2011 and until these two teams meet again in Dallas next fall.
As for the Frogs and the purple-clad fanbase, it's just time to move on. I'm not going to try to downplay how much Saturday sucked or how painful it is to lose two drama-filled games to your two oldest rivals. And I'm certainly not going to just gloss over the problems that this year's team has, especially on defense. But to listen to and read some TCU fans' comments after this loss, you'd think that our football program is boarding up the windows in preparation for the end of the world.
If you thought this team would go undefeated again this year and would have no problem adjusting to life after the legendary senior class that graduated after the Rose Bowl, you're foolish. If you expected them to, you're an idiot who probably secretly has a closet full of burnt orange. Even though the team that eventually hoisted the trophy in Pasadena grew up ahead of pace, finishing in the Top 10 in '08 and '09, there were still plenty of growing pains along the way. This current crop of underclassmen may not blossom as quickly, and honestly in the end they may not achieve the same amount of glory- but a Gary Patterson coached team will improve and will get back to a place where they are in control of every ballgame they play.
I know things seem pretty low right now, and I'm not going to even come close to guaranteeing a victory over San Diego State this weekend, but I do think we have a lot more good times to look forward to. There are a lot of fans out there that would kill to have a team coming off 46 straight weeks of being ranked. Despite the struggles of the early part of this season, TCU is still a program very much headed in the right direction, so for now let's just enjoy the fact that 3-2 is what we consider a "disaster" these days and look forward to the day that this young team has its break-through. Because whenever that may be- it is coming.