A Sept. 8 home date with Grambling State will mark the 2012 season opener as well as the first game in Amon G. Carter Stadium after completion of its $164 million renovation.
Following back-to-back non-conference games versus Virginia (Sept. 22) and SMU (Sept. 29), TCU returns to Big 12 action Oct. 6 when it makes its conference home debut versus Iowa State. The Horned Frogs and Cyclones last met in the 2005 Houston Bowl with TCU taking a 27-24 decision.
TCU will travel to Baylor on Oct. 13. The Horned Frogs and Bears will be meeting for the second straight year in Waco. The all-time series between TCU and Baylor is tied at 50 with seven ties.
TCU returns home Oct. 20 to face Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs and Red Raiders will be meeting for the first time since a 12-3 TCU win in Fort Worth in 2006.
The Horned Frogs will have back-to-back weeks on the road when they travel to Oklahoma State (Oct. 27) and fellow Big 12 newcomer West Virginia (Nov. 3). The Horned Frogs and Cowboys have not met since 1993, when Oklahoma State took a 27-22 decision in Stillwater. The only previous meeting between TCU and West Virginia was a 31-14 Mountaineer victory in the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl.
TCU will host Kansas State, alma mater of Horned Frog head coach Gary Patterson, on Nov. 10. The Horned Frogs and Wildcats have not met since a 35-22 TCU win in Fort Worth in 1986. Patterson is a 1983 Kansas State graduate.
Following an open date on Nov. 17, TCU will travel to Austin on Nov. 24 to face Texas. The Horned Frogs and Longhorns have met just once, in 2007, since the Southwest Conference dissolved after the 1995 season. The Longhorns represent the third-most common opponent for the Horned Frogs in their history. The 82 meetings between TCU and Texas trail only Baylor (107) and SMU (91).
TCU will close the regular season with a Dec. 1 home contest against Oklahoma. Prior to the Horned Frogs' invitation to join the Big 12, the Sooners were originally scheduled to come to Fort Worth this fall as a non-conference opponent. TCU and Oklahoma have played twice in Norman in the last seven seasons, with the Horned Frogs winning 17-10 in 2005 before a 35-10 Sooner victory in 2008. Oklahoma will be playing at TCU for the first time since a 10-9 win in 1998.
2012 TCU Football Schedule
Sept. 8 – vs. Grambling State
Sept. 15 – at Kansas*
Sept. 22 – vs. Virginia
Sept. 29 – at SMU
Oct. 6 – vs. Iowa State*
Oct. 13 – at Baylor*
Oct. 20 – vs. Texas Tech*
Oct. 27 – at Oklahoma State*
Nov. 3 – at West Virginia*
Nov. 10 – vs. Kansas State*
Nov. 24 – at Texas*
Dec. 1 – vs. Oklahoma*
*Big 12 game Note: All kickoff times and TV plans will be announced later