FORT WORTH, Texas -- Barry Manilow said it best: "Looks like we made it."
The Horned Frogs will open their inaugural Big 12 season at home Saturday and to kick the week off, head coach Garry Patterson met with members of the media Tuesday afternoon at the first media luncheon of the season.
"It's time for another season isn't it?," Patterson questioned the few dozen media members in attendance Tuesday.
It is indeed time and there is a lot on tap for Saturday's first game.
First, the new-look Amon G. Carter Stadium.
"For us we have the new conference and the new stadium, now it's time to go win," Patterson said.
This will also be the team's first game with a Big 12 logo on the field and on their jerseys.
"It's been a long road and you've got to learn from it. It's hard to look back and see all of the work you put into it, when you've still got a lot of work ahead of you," Patterson said. "We didn't get in the conference to compete. We want to win a national championship and a Big 12 title. That's not changing."
While winning now is the goal every year, Patterson knows this will be a process.
"We're not saying we're going to go out and win it this year, but that's always the goal. For us, with recruiting, it's a three-year plan and you don't know what the travel is going to be like, what the fans are like, what the game times are going to be like," Patterson said. "I don't have a lot of patience when it comes to winning and losing, but we've come a long way. I think this is going to be an interesting challenge."
It may seem like everything is new at TCU and also on that list of new things is the bulk of the players.
"I think two-deep, who will play this Saturday, this will be the youngest team that I have put on the field in my 15 years here," Patterson said. "Hopefully we play like juniors and seniors and not freshman and sophomores. I'm not going to treat them like a young football team because young football teams lose."
He will find out pretty quick Saturday. He wishes he knew already though. Unlike most of the country, TCU didn't play this week.
"Like everybody, we're a little bit antsy because we didn't get to play this weekend," Patterson said. "We kept them busy enough Saturday that they didn't get to watch too much games and think about it."
This keep the coach nervous because he knows by watching other teams play that anything can go wrong in the first game.
"I was watching the Georgia Tech game last night and I saw their freshman punter have a snap go right through his hands and all I could think was 'I have a freshman punter'," Patterson said. "You better be ready to go because too many crazy things can happen in the first game."
Also with one more victory, Patterson will become the winningest coach in TCU history and pass Dutch Meyer. That win should come this weekend, but the coach isn't taking anything for granted and knows it's not just because of him that he got here.
"When we do win that game, I would like to see us do a trading card series with all of the senior classes and coaches that helped me get here," Patterson said. "As I understand how people talk about Dutch Meyer, I know he had 109 wins and what impressed me most about him was that he focused on helping kids grow up. Down the road, I hope that's what kids say about me."
The Horned Frogs will kick off their season at 6 p.m. Saturday versus Grambling State.