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TCU replaces Ohio State home-and-home series with single game in Arlington, adds series with Purdue

Reaction: TCU replaces Ohio State home-and-home series with single game in Arlington, adds series with Purdue.

TCU Football will no longer be headed to Ohio Stadium in 2019 nor hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes at Amon G. Carter Stadium in 2018, as the team announced Thursday that the home-and-home series has been replaced with a single game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sept. 15, 2018. https://twitter.com/TCUFootball/status/857670710931595264

TCU additionally announced that it has added a home-and-home series with the Purdue Boilermakers, with the Frogs set to travel to West Lafayette, Indiana during the 2019 season. There will be a decade-long gap before Purdue travels to Amon G. Carter Stadium in 2029.

It won’t be TCU’s first trip to Arlington when they face the Buckeyes in 2018, having played at the stadium on three different occasions since its 2009 opening. The Frogs’ most recent trip resulted in a 37-27 loss to LSU in week one of the 2013 season.

The scheduling change, however, may come as a disappointment for TCU who hoped to both travel to Columbus and see Urban Meyer’s squad take the field in Fort Worth. Fans on Twitter reacted with mixed emotions to the news. https://twitter.com/yellmk/status/857673162888183808

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Though TCU will be only 20 minutes down Interstate-30 from home when they face Ohio State, the neutral site will likely shift the dynamic of the gameday atmosphere, providing a much more attractive and accommodating venue for Ohio State fans to travel to. The Buckeye faithful has already made a mass exodus to AT&T Stadium once in January 2015, when Ohio State faced Oregon in the CFP National Championship game.

Despite the proximity, the Frogs had little home-field advantage last time they made the journey to Jerry World, as LSU fans packed AT&T Stadium during the 2013 contest.

As for the Purdue series, the 2019 game will mark just the third time the Frogs and Boilermakers have met, most recently in 1970. The Frogs were shutout in a 15-0 loss in West Lafayette. The first meeting came a year earlier in 1969, when the Frogs fell 42-35.

TCU’s next non-conference power-5 matchup will come on Sept. 9 when the Frogs head to Fayetteville, Arkansas to face the Arkansas Razorbacks in week two of the 2017 season.

 


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