FORT WORTH TX - OCTOBER 16: Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs takes to the field with offensive guard Josh Vernon #78 and tackle Zach Roth #70 against the BYU Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16 2010 in Fort Worth Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
TCU begins the 2012 season with an upgraded stadium, a new conference and even higher expectations.
The TCU Horned Frogs are ready to join the fray in 2012, as they were one of the only teams in the Top 25 not to play during the first weekend of the college football season.
They'll do it in much nicer digs, as Amon Carter Stadium has been undergoing a series of major renovations to get ready for the school's first year in the Big 12.
And with all due respect to FCS power Grambling State, it shouldn't be too much of a contest next Saturday, even without suspended WR Skye Dawson, who is sitting out the first game due to an undisclosed violation of team rules.
The Tigers, coming off an 8-4 season in 2011, are one of the better programs in the FCS, but that shouldn't mean much to a Horned Frogs program looking to continue their stratospheric ascent up the college football ranks under Gary Patterson.
With Casey Pachall returning under center, TCU should have an explosive offense in 2012, but the real question is how their defense, usually a Patterson strength, will rebound from a disappointing 2011 campaign.