Mobile Alabama Bowl

The Mobile Alabama Bowl is a postseason NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game that has been played annually at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, since 1999. The game currently matches teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference. The bowl has undergone several name changes, due to changes in sponsorship, which have included GMAC, GoDaddy, and Dollar General.

Mobile Alabama Bowl
Mobile Alabama Bowl
StadiumLadd–Peebles Stadium
LocationMobile, Alabama
Operated1999–present
Conference tie-insSun Belt, MAC
Previous conference tie-insACC, C-USA, WAC
PayoutUS$750,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Sponsors
Mobile Alabama, Inc. (1999)
GMAC (now Ally Financial) (2000–2010)
GoDaddy (2011–2015)
Dollar General (2016–2018)
Former names
Mobile Alabama Bowl (1999)
GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl (2000)
GMAC Bowl (2001–2010)
GoDaddy.com Bowl (2011–2013)
GoDaddy Bowl (2014–2015)
Dollar General Bowl (2016-2018)
2018 matchup
Buffalo vs. Troy (Troy 42–32)
2019 season matchup
TBD vs. TBD (January 6, 2020)[2]

History

The game was known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl for its first two playings, in 1999 and 2000. GMAC (now Ally Financial) had become the title sponsor for the 2000 playing, and the game was renamed as the GMAC Bowl for the 2001 though January 2010 playings. It was then the GoDaddy.com Bowl for the January 2011 to January 2013 playings when Go Daddy took over sponsorship.[3] In May 2013, it was announced that the ".com" would be dropped from the bowl's name, rebranding it as the GoDaddy Bowl for the January 2014 through December 2015 editions.[4] Dollar General took over sponsorship on August 17, 2016,[5] with the 2016 through 2018 playings branded as the Dollar General Bowl. It was announced on May 29, 2019, that Dollar General would no longer sponsor the bowl. It is temporarily being called by its original named, the Mobile Alabama Bowl, pending new sponsorship.[2]

When the bowl first began, it was played as one of the first games of the bowl season with a December date. The 2006 season saw the game moved to January, and it served as one of the last bowls played before the national championship game of either the Bowl Championship Series or the College Football Playoff. For the 2015 season, the bowl was moved back to December, where it remained for four playings. For the 2019 season, the bowl was once again moved to January.[2]

Conference tie-ins

From 1999 to 2009, the bowl pitted a Conference USA team against a team from either the Mid-American Conference (MAC) except for the first two playings, where the Western Athletic Conference could receive the bid if one of its easternmost teams qualified as bowl eligible. For the 2010 game the Atlantic Coast Conference was to participate in the bowl as its ninth bowl tie-in. The ACC failed to have sufficient bowl-eligible teams to fill the slot, and the bowl chose Sun Belt Conference champion Troy as a replacement.[6] A MAC vs. Sun Belt matchup has been retained for every game since 2010.

Notable games

The 2001 game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and East Carolina Pirates set the record as the highest-scoring bowl game of all time, and Marshall achieved what was then the greatest scoring comeback in bowl history.[7] In this contest, Marshall battled back from a 38–8 deficit to win 64–61 in double overtime. Thundering Herd quarterback Byron Leftwich threw for 576 yards in the game. The 2008 game had the largest margin of victory in bowl history, with Tulsa defeating Bowling Green, 63–7.

Game results

Date Bowl name Winning team Losing team Attnd. Ref.
December 22, 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl TCU 28 East Carolina 14 34,200 [8]
December 20, 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl Southern Miss 28 TCU 21 40,300 [9]
December 19, 2001 GMAC Bowl Marshall 64 East Carolina 61 (2OT) 40,139 [10]
December 18, 2002 GMAC Bowl Marshall 38 Louisville 15 40,646 [11]
December 18, 2003 GMAC Bowl Miami (Ohio) 49 Louisville 28 40,620 [12]
December 22, 2004 GMAC Bowl Bowling Green 52 Memphis 35 29,500 [13]
December 21, 2005 GMAC Bowl Toledo 45 UTEP 13 35,422 [14]
January 7, 2007 GMAC Bowl Southern Miss 28 Ohio 7 28,706 [15]
January 6, 2008 GMAC Bowl Tulsa 63 Bowling Green 7 36,932 [16]
January 6, 2009 GMAC Bowl Tulsa 45 Ball State 13 32,816 [17]
January 6, 2010 GMAC Bowl Central Michigan 44 Troy 41 (2OT) 34,486 [18]
January 6, 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl Miami (OH) 35 Middle Tennessee 21 38,168 [19]
January 8, 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl Northern Illinois 38 Arkansas State 20 38,734 [20]
January 6, 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl Arkansas State 17 Kent State 13 37,913 [21]
January 5, 2014 GoDaddy Bowl Arkansas State 23 Ball State 20 36,119 [22]
January 4, 2015 GoDaddy Bowl Toledo 63 Arkansas State 44 36,811 [23]
December 23, 2015 GoDaddy Bowl Georgia Southern 58 Bowling Green 27 28,656 [24]
December 23, 2016 Dollar General Bowl Troy 28 Ohio 23 32,377 [25]
December 23, 2017 Dollar General Bowl Appalachian State 34 Toledo 0 28,706 [26]
December 22, 2018 Dollar General Bowl Troy 42 Buffalo 32 31,818 [27]

MVPs

Date played MVP School Position
December 22, 1999 Casey Printers TCU QB
December 20, 2000 LaDainian Tomlinson TCU RB
December 19, 2001 Byron Leftwich Marshall QB
December 18, 2002 Byron Leftwich Marshall QB
December 18, 2003 Ben Roethlisberger Miami (OH) QB
December 22, 2004 Omar Jacobs Bowling Green QB
December 21, 2005 Bruce Gradkowski Toledo QB
January 7, 2007 Damion Fletcher Southern Miss RB
January 6, 2008 Paul Smith Tulsa QB
January 6, 2009 Tarrion Adams Tulsa RB
January 6, 2010 Dan LeFevour Central Michigan QB
January 6, 2011 Austin Boucher Miami (OH) QB
January 8, 2012 Chandler Harnish Northern Illinois QB
January 6, 2013 Ryan Aplin Arkansas State QB
January 5, 2014 Fredi Knighten Arkansas State QB
January 4, 2015 Kareem Hunt Toledo RB
December 23, 2015 Favian Upshaw Georgia Southern QB
December 23, 2016 Justin Lucas Troy LB
December 23, 2017 Jalin Moore Appalachian State RB
December 22, 2018 Sawyer Smith Troy QB

Most appearances

Updated through the December 2018 edition (20 games, 40 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Arkansas State 4 2–2
T2 Toledo 3 2–1
T2 Troy 3 2–1
T2 Bowling Green 3 1–2
T5 Marshall 2 2–0
T5 Miami (Ohio) 2 2–0
T5 Southern Mississippi 2 2–0
T5 Tulsa 2 2–0
T5 TCU 2 1–1
T5 Ball State 2 0–2
T5 East Carolina 2 0–2
T5 Louisville 2 0–2
T5 Ohio 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Georgia Southern, Northern Illinois
Lost: Buffalo, Kent State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, UTEP

Appearances by conference

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
MAC 18 9 9 .500 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009*, 2010*, 2011*, 2014* 2006*, 2007*, 2008*, 2012*, 2013*, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Sun Belt 10 6 4 .600 2012*, 2013*, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 2009*, 2010*, 2011*, 2014*
C-USA 10 4 6 .400 2000, 2006*, 2007*, 2008* 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
WAC 2 1 1 .500 1999 2000
  • Games marked with an asterisk (*) were played in January of the following calendar year.

Game records

Team Performance vs. opponent Year
Most points scored 64, Marshall vs. East Carolina 2001
Most points scored (losing team) 61, East Carolina vs. Marshall 2001
Most points scored (both teams) 125, Marshall vs. East Carolina 2001
Most points scored in a half
Most points scored in a half (both teams)
Fewest points allowed 0, Appalachian State vs. Toledo 2017
Largest margin of victory 56, Tulsa vs. Bowling Green 2008
First downs
Rushing yards
Passing yards
Total yards
Fewest rushing yards
Fewest passing yards
Fewest total yards
Individual Performance vs. opponent Year
Total offense
Touchdowns
Rushing yards
Rushing TDs
Passing yards
Passing TDs
Receptions
Receiving yards
Receiving TDs
Tackles
Sacks
Interceptions
Long plays Performance vs. opponent Year
Touchdown run
Touchdown pass
Kickoff return
Punt return
Interception return
Fumble return
Punt
Field goal

Note: When there is a tie, the most recent one will be listed.

Media coverage

The bowl has been televised on ESPN or ESPN2 since its inception.

References

  1. ^ "College Bowl Game Payouts". 6 September 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Mobile's college bowl game no longer called 'Dollar General Bowl'". WKRG-TV. May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "GODADDY.COM JOINS COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL LINEUP". 2010-10-18. Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-10-18 – via Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Inabinett, Mark (May 15, 2013). "GoDaddy Bowl tweaks name, sets date for 2014 game". AL.com/mobile. Mobile Press-Register. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Stephenson, Creg (August 17, 2016). "Dollar General takes over as title sponsor of Mobile bowl game". AL.com. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  6. ^ http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/05/08/article/acc_adds_gmac_bowl_to_its_postseason_lineup
  7. ^ "Leftwich throws for 576 yards in 64–61 GMAC Bowl win". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. December 19, 2001.
  8. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/1999-game-recap/
  9. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2000-game-recap/
  10. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2001-game-recap/
  11. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2002-game-recap/
  12. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2003-game-recap/
  13. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2004-game-recap/
  14. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2005-game-recap/
  15. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2007-game-recap/
  16. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2008-game-recap/
  17. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2009-game-recap/
  18. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2010-game-recap/
  19. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2011-game-recap/
  20. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2012-game-recap/
  21. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2013-game-recap/
  22. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2014-game-recap/
  23. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/the-game/sunday-january-5-2015/
  24. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/dec-2015-game-recap/
  25. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2016-game-recap/
  26. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2017-game-recap/
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External links

1999 East Carolina Pirates football team

The 1999 East Carolina Pirates football team represented East Carolina University during the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season.

1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl

The 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl was an American college football bowl game. It was part of the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was the inaugural edition to the game (which was later renamed the GMAC Bowl). It was played on December 22, 1999, and featured the 8–3 East Carolina Pirates (Coaches/ESPN No. 20) of Conference USA, and the 7–4 TCU Horned Frogs of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The game was played at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

East Carolina opened the scoring with a 58-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Garrard to wide receiver Arnie Powell. TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7 after one quarter. Casey Printers threw a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and the Horned Frogs took a 14–7 lead. Tomlinson, who had 124 yards rushing in the game, scored on a 3-yard touchdown run before halftime, to give TCU a 21-7 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Jamie Wilson scored on a 13-yard touchdown run to bring East Carolina within a touchdown. Russell Gary scored on an interception return to give TCU a 28–14 lead. TCU, which alternated between the quarterbacks Casey and Patrick Batteaux, made it impossible for the Pirates to adjust to the variance of play styles between the drop back passer Printers and the option running Batteaux. The Frogs defense shut down the Pirates' running game, holding them to minus-16 yards. TCU held on to that lead to win the game by that margin.

1999 TCU Horned Frogs football team

The 1999 TCU Horned Frogs football team represented Texas Christian University (TCU) in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Horned Frogs finished the season 8–4 overall and 5–2 in conference to share the Western Athletic Conference championship with Hawaii and Fresno State. The team was coached by Dennis Franchione. The offense scored 362 points while the defense allowed 213 points. The Frogs played their home games in Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is located on campus in Fort Worth, Texas.

1999–2000 NCAA football bowl games

The 1999–2000 NCAA football bowl games concluded the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. In the second year of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era, Florida State defeated Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl, designated as the BCS National Championship Game for the 1999 season.

A total of 23 bowl games were played between December 18, 1999 and January 4, 2000 by 46 bowl-eligible teams. One new bowl was established for the 1999–2000 season: the Mobile Alabama Bowl (now known as the Dollar General Bowl).

2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl

The 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl was an American college football bowl game. It was part of the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was the second edition of the game. With title sponsorship from GMAC (now Ally Financial) it was officially called the GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl. It was played on December 20, 2000, and featured the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, and the TCU Horned Frogs.

TCU started the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Casey Printers to wide receiver George Layne to open up a 7–0 lead. Southern Miss tied it in the 1st quarter when Leo Barnes intercepted a pass, and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Jeff Kelly threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to LeRoy Handy for a 14–7 Southern Miss lead.

TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson scored on touchdown runs of 7 and 33 yards in the third quarter, as TCU took a 21–14 lead into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Jeff Kelly threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to LeRoy Handy to tie the game at 21. He threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 8 seconds left, with a 29-yard pass to Kenneth Johnson.

2000 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

The 2000 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team represented the University of Southern Mississippi in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Golden Eagles were led by head coach Jeff Bower and played their home games at M. M. Roberts Stadium. They were a member of Conference USA.

2000 TCU Horned Frogs football team

The 2000 TCU Horned Frogs football team represented Texas Christian University (TCU) in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was led by head coach Dennis Franchione throughout the regular seasons. Gary Patterson took over as interim head coach in December. TCU played their home games in Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is located on campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs finished the 10–2 and 7–1 in conference play to share the Western Athletic Conference championship with UTEP.

2000–01 NCAA football bowl games

The 2000–01 NCAA football bowl games concluded the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. In the third year of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era, Oklahoma defeated Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl, designated as the BCS National Championship Game for the 2000 season.

A total of 25 bowl games were played between December 20, 2000 and January 3, 2001 by 50 bowl-eligible teams. Two short-lived bowl games were established for the 2000–01 season: the galleryfurniture.com Bowl (dissolved after its 2005 iteration as the Houston Bowl), and the Silicon Valley Football Classic (dissolved after its 2004 iteration).

2014 GoDaddy Bowl

The 2014 GoDaddy Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on January 5, 2014, at the Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The fifteenth edition of the GoDaddy Bowl (originally known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl), it featured the Ball State Cardinals from the Mid-American Conference and the Arkansas State Red Wolves, co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. The game began at 8:00 p.m. CST and aired on ESPN. It was sponsored by web hosting service company Go Daddy. Arkansas State defeated Ball State by a score of 23–20.

The Cardinals, who earned a 10–2 record during the season, made their second appearance in the bowl, while the Red Wolves, who earned a 7–5 record during the season, made their third consecutive appearance in the bowl. The pregame buildup focused on the teams' respective strong offenses. For Ball State, the passing game centered on quarterback Keith Wenning connecting with wide receiver Willie Snead. In tandem with the rushing attack fueled by a strong offensive line, one writer asserted that they would enjoy "easy pickings" against a mediocre Arkansas State defense. Unlike the Ball State offense, Arkansas State's offense focused predominantly on the rushing attack, to which both dual-threat quarterback Adam Kennedy and running back Michael Gordon contributed. Ball State's defense was average in terms of points allowed, but poor in terms of yards allowed. Ball State was a 9.5 point favorite to win the game, and was the predicted winner among most sportswriters.

Ball State jumped out to an early lead via a Wenning to Snead touchdown, and led at the end of the first quarter 7–0. After the first quarter, due to Kennedy's ineffectiveness, Fredi Knighten took over at quarterback for Arkansas State, and in the second quarter, helped the team score 10 points while Ball State scored only 3 – at half time, the teams were tied at 10. Arkansas State made two field goals in the third quarter, thus entering the fourth with a six-point lead. However, Ball State scored via a field goal early in the quarter, and a touchdown with less than two minutes to play to retake the lead. Arkansas State promptly responded via a touchdown pass. Although Ball State was able to move the ball into field goal range as time waned, their field goal try was blocked, and ultimately Arkansas State held onto win the game, 23–20.

2019–20 NCAA football bowl games

The 2019–20 NCAA football games will be a series of college football bowl games which will complete the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The games will begin on December 20, 2019, and, aside from the all-star games that follow, will end with the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship which will be played on January 13, 2020.

2020 Mobile Alabama Bowl

The 2020 Mobile Alabama Bowl is a college football bowl game that will be played on January 6, 2020, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST (6:30 p.m. local CST) on ESPN. It will be the 21st edition of the Mobile Alabama Bowl, and will be the last of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season, with only the National Championship to follow.

Casey Printers

Casey J. Printers (born May 16, 1981) is a former professional American football, Canadian football and indoor football quarterback. Printers spent most of his professional career with the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League, and also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Kansas City Chiefs and Allen Wranglers.

Chris Thurmond

David Christopher "Chris" Thurmond (born February 25, 1953) is an American football coach who is currently defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Rice University.

Dennis Franchione

Dennis Wayne Franchione (born March 28, 1951), also known as Coach Fran, is an American football coach. He is the former head football coach at Texas State University, a position he held from 1990 to 1991, when the school was known as Southwest Texas State University, and resumed from 2011 to 2015. Franchione has also served as the head football coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas (1981–1982), Pittsburg State University (1985–1989), the University of New Mexico (1992–1997), Texas Christian University (1998–2000), the University of Alabama (2001–2002), and Texas A&M University (2003–2007). In his 27 seasons as a head coach in college football, Franchione has won eight conference championships and one divisional crown.

Gary Patterson

Gary Allen Patterson (born February 13, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Texas Christian University and the winningest coach in Horned Frogs' history. Patterson has led the TCU Horned Frogs to six conference championships—one Conference USA title in 2002; four Mountain West Conference titles in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and one Big 12 Conference title in 2014—and nine bowl game victories—including victories in the 2011 Rose Bowl and 2014 Peach Bowl. His 2010 squad finished the season undefeated at 13–0 after a 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on New Year's Day 2011, and ranked second in the final tallying of both major polls. He is currently the second longest tenured coach with one FBS program, only behind Kirk Ferentz of the University of Iowa.

List of Dollar General Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Dollar General Bowl throughout the years.

List of college bowl games

The following is a list of current, defunct, and proposed college football bowl games. Six bowl games are currently part of the College Football Playoff, a selection system that creates bowl matchups involving twelve of the top-ranked teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. There are also a number of other college football postseason invitationals, as well as several all-star games.

For nearly a century, bowl games were the purview of only the very best teams, but a steady proliferation of new bowl games required more teams, with 70 participating teams by the 2010–11 bowl season, then 80 participating teams by the 2015–16 bowl season. As a result, the NCAA has steadily reduced the criteria for bowl eligibility, allowing teams with a non-winning (6–6) record in 2010, further reducing requirements to allow teams with outright losing records (5-7) to be invited since 2012. Of the teams with losing records, the team with the best Academic Progress Rate score would be chosen first. While losing teams in bowl games has now become commonplace, there have been a few losing teams who have played in bowl games before the changes in bowl eligibility: 1945 Gator Bowl – Florida Gators (2-3-3), 1963 Sun Bowl – SMU (4-6), 1970 Tangerine Bowl – William & Mary – (5-6), and the 2001 New Orleans Bowl – North Texas (5-6). For the 2016–17 bowl season, 25% of the bowl participants (20 teams) did not have a winning record.

The tables below (College Football Playoff games, Other current Division I FBS bowl games) reflect the changes for the 2018–19 bowl season.

Bowl games are not limited to the Bowl Subdivision; teams in the three lower divisions of the NCAA (the championship subdivision, and Divisions II and III) are also allowed to participate in bowl games. The playoff structure in those three divisions discourages most high-caliber teams from participating in bowl games, as teams would rather contest for the national championship than play in a bowl game. The same basic guidelines for bowl eligibility apply for those contests. As of 2017, one bowl game exists for the championship subdivision, four bowls serve Division II, and ten exist for teams in Division III (not including the Stagg Bowl, which is not a bowl in the same sense but a name for the Division III playoff tournament's championship game).

Past and present community college bowl games, not sanctioned by the NCAA, are also listed.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles football

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles football program represents the University of Southern Mississippi in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The Eagles are members of Conference USA and play their home games at M. M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

TCU Horned Frogs football

The TCU Horned Frogs football team is the intercollegiate football team of Texas Christian University (TCU). The Horned Frogs compete in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States.

Since 2012, the Horned Frogs have been a member of the Big 12 Conference, and were previously members of the Mountain West Conference (MWC), Western Athletic Conference (WAC), Conference USA (C-USA), Southwest Conference (SWC), and Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (TIAA).

TCU began playing football in 1896 and claims national championships in 1935 and 1938. TCU has one Heisman Trophy winner, Davey O'Brien, and has had eight former players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The Horned Frogs play their home games in Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is located on the TCU campus in Fort Worth.

TCU ranks as the 4th best private college football school of all time, behind Notre Dame, USC, and Miami-FL. The Horned Frogs are also one of only four FBS teams to have played in all six College Football Playoff Bowls, winning all but the Fiesta and Orange.

In 2017, TCU and Coach Patterson reached their 10th 11 win season since Gary Patterson has been coaching for the program. That is the 4th most 11 win seasons since 2001 in all of college football.

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