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Fans give the team a rousing sendoff as it leaves for the Rose Bowl.
"I'm hoping great things to happen to them out there. I think its awesome, they are a great group of kids," said TCU fan Bev Harrison. "They've worked hard."
Many TCU fans will follow the team to Southern California for the Rose Bowl.
"We'll be out there Thursday and bring in the New Year," said TCU fan Ann Marks."Then the parade, the tailgate, the game. It doesn't get better."
"It's a once in a lifetime experience," said TCU fan Phyllis Allen.
The rain held off long enough for a few dozen fans to cheer on the team as they boarded buses for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Friday morning.
"Last year, we went, and it was fun," said Gary Patterson, TCU head football coach. "But it's not fun at the end when you don't win, so we're going there for one reason."
The Horned Frogs have some big plans for Christmas.
The third-ranked Frogs (12-0) will spend the day on the practice field in Carson, Calif. -- getting ready for their first Rose Bowl appearance in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day.
"I know our kids are excited," said Patterson before the team left the TCU campus Christmas Eve morning.