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TCU: College football’s greatest Cinderella story

The Horned Frogs are making their first appearance in the CFP National Championship.

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TCU beats Michigan 51-45 in the Fiesta Bowl.

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It’s a storybook ending only TCU fans could predict — the Horned Frogs are headed to the College Football National Championship.

TCU’s win over Michigan on New Year’s Eve earned them a spot in the championship game against Georgia on Monday, Jan. 9. The two teams will face off at SoFi Stadium in L.A. — with TCU eyeing their first trophy in 85 years.

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Texas Christian University vs. Baylor University football game, 1938

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One for the history books 🏆

The Horned Frogs won their only previous national title in 1938 under head coach Dutch Meyer. The team went 11-0 that year, winning the Southwest Conference and earning a No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll.

That same season, TCU quarterback Davey O’Brien won the Heisman Trophy and in 1977 became the namesake of the Davey O’Brien Award — an annual trophy given to the nation’s best college quarterback.

The rules for earning a championship title have changed quite a bit over the last 150+ years. Until 2014, there was no formal championship setting, but that changed when the College Football Playoff (CFP) introduced a four-team format and replaced a system of polls and computer systems.

Regardless of the game’s outcome on Monday night, TCU is emerging as a winner in our eyes.

In Sonny Dyke’s first year as head coach, the team made history by being the first Texas football team to earn an invite to the College Football Playoff and play in a National Championship game.

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Davey O’Brien, TCU Quarterback

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Watch more history be made 🎟️

If you’re hoping to watch the Horned Frogs in California, game tickets are pretty pricey ranging from $400 to upwards of $7,000.

TCU’s Alumni Association has sold out of their travel packages, but official tailgate tickets are still available. You can also catch the game from home on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.

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Coach Dutch Meyers kneeling in front of the TCU team at Amon G. Carter Stadium, 1941

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