TCU will play seven home games in 2014 and only leave the state of Texas twice. The Horned Frogs' schedule was released Tuesday by the Big 12 Conference.TCU will return to Texas for a Thanksgiving meeting with the Longhorns on Nov. 27. The Frogs won in Austin on Thanksgiving night in 2012. Oklahoma State will make its first appearance at Amon G. Carter Stadium Oct. 18. The Frogs have played at OSU their first two seasons in the league because of a prior agreement the Cowboys had with Texas A&M before the Aggies left the conference.TCU’s begins its season with two home nonconference games against Samford (Aug. 30) and Minnesota (Sept. 13). The Frogs will play at Minnesota in 2015. Big 12 play begins against Oklahoma Oct. 4. TCU plays seven consecutive Big 12 games before getting a bye before playing at Texas. The season concludes against Iowa State in Fort Worth Dec. 6.TCU’s only trips outside of Texas are Nov. 1 at West Virginia and Nov. 15 at Kansas.Running out of running backsTCU could be short on running backs Saturday against Iowa State. Coach Gary Patterson said B.J. Catalon probably wouldn’t play because of injury. He wasn’t sure about suspended running back Waymon James. Patterson was irked with how the James’ news leaked from his office.“None of that report came out of my office,” he said. “I’m a little bit disappointed in the whole situation because — and I’m going to have a conversation with anybody who has anything to do with my, this program — you hurt the whole football team. Whether Waymon plays or not, Iowa State is the one who doesn’t need to know that.”Patterson isn’t sure who told TCU 360, the school’s student news outlet.“Whether it’s a manager, a trainer, a coach, an administrator, whoever it is, its not their job, nor responsibility … that’s an internal type set up,” he said.He’s considering playing James Saturday out of spite, he said during his Tuesday luncheon. TCU didn’t release the length of the suspension or say whether James would be available Saturday.“I’m about ready to play him because all you guys said he wasn’t,” Patterson said. “It didn’t say when [the suspension] started and it didn’t say when it finished. It didn’t say how long.”Patterson seemed conflicted on the issue of James possibly missing one or more of the last three games of his career.“It’s hard situation because he only has a couple games left as a senior. It’s too bad he put himself in that situation,” he said. “When it comes to the university and team, it’s our job to protect the good guys. Sometimes guys are good guys but they screw up and you don’t have any choice.”Patterson didn’t know when Catalon was injured against West Virginia. He didn’t say what kind of injury Catalon suffered.“With B.J. Catalon probably not playing it puts all of us in jeopardy,” Patterson said.With both James and Catalon likely out, sophomore Jordan Moore will probably share the snaps with Aaron Green. Moore only has 5 rushes for 34 yards, including a 16-yard run last week. Green has 135 yards on 39 carries.“He’s not going to have a choice in this ball game,” Patterson said of Moore.Back to AmesTCU’s trip to Ames, Iowa Saturday brings back fond memories for Patterson. It was the site of his first game as the Frogs’ defensive coordinator in the 1998 season opener. TCU won 31-21.It was a different time then. Patterson recalled having to use a pay phone to call his parents in Kansas to see how they were doing after the game.Key stats 5 Games with 300 or more passing yards for Casey Pachall, who tied Andy Dalton for most in TCU history with his 394 yards against West Virginia. 7 Home games for TCU in 2014, the most since the Horned Frogs played eight in 1930.
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