By Jeff Wilson
Frogs Today senior writer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Maybe it’s just me, but the march to Saturday feels like it’s been a long one.
Here it is only Thursday, which means two more days until No. 3 TCU plays No. 2 Michigan in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl in the first of two semifinal games in the College Football Playoff.
Just imagine how long it must feel for the players.
At this point there’s not much more they can do to prepare for the Wolverines, other than avoiding injury. The intensity of practices gets dialed down as the game draws closer, so (knock on wood) that shouldn’t be much of an issue.
The Frogs have been practicing around noon, later than they did during the regular season but early enough to get plenty of rest.
They should be rested for Saturday, and that is a key element in handicapping the game. TCU played 11 straight Saturdays to end the season, so the rest since the Big 12 title game is going to make them faster, stronger and healthier than they have been since September.
TCU might be the fastest team Michigan has faced, including a slower Ohio State this season.
The big game hasn’t been the only storyline this week. Here are a few others.