Patterson Wednesday Recap: 10/1

No. 25 TCU plays host to No. 4 Oklahoma this Saturday. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin will be a focal point in the game.

One of the biggest games in the country will be in Ft. Worth this weekend as No. 25 TCU hosts No. 4 Oklahoma at 2:30 this Saturday at Amon G. Carter stadium.

For the Frogs, it will be their first Big 12 game of the season; and as many have pointed out, their first true test. The Frogs come into the game with a 3-0 record while outscoring their opponents 134-21. They’ve only allowed two touchdowns on the season.

Meanwhile, the Sooners are coming off a bye-week and come into the game with a 4-0 record. They’ve already won one Big 12 game, beating West Virginia 45-33 in Morgantown.

On Tuesday, select players from TCU downplayed the hype surrounding the OU game; calling it just another game on the schedule. On Wednesday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson clarified that statement and knows there’s excitement from his team to play the Sooners.

“That’s just them saying it,” Patterson said of his players. “I thought they were real excited about playing Minnesota and they’ve got themselves ready to play every ball game. They’ve just got to mentally learn how to prepare in one week instead of having two weeks to prepare.” Patterson has compared the Sooners style of play to Minnesota; except the Sooners have a much more talented group of players at every position.

“They’re the number three team in the nation; every position has a guy that can get drafted,” he said. “That’s Oklahoma; when they’ve been good that’s what they are.”

TCU was impressive in their 30-7 win over Minnesota a few weeks ago. That’s the only blemish on the Gophers 4-1 record; they beat Michigan on the road last week. However, Patterson is quick to point out that his teams have usually had success in bye weeks, which they had prior to beating Minnesota. Now, it’s about matching the same success they have in two weeks of preparation in just one week.

“My reputation is the longer you give us we do pretty well with off-weeks,” he said. “The big thing for us is can you replicate in a week instead of two weeks work. That’s the thing you get into.”

One good sign for the Frogs heading into this game has been the success of Trevone Boykin. Frog fans haven’t forgotten last year’s game against the Sooners where they failed to gain a first down in the first half. With Boykin’s improved play, the Frogs shouldn’t replicate their disappointing first half from a year ago.

Patterson said on Tuesday that Boykin had taken more of a “we” role on the team this season. Boykin also dedicated himself to become a better quarterback over the summer. Patterson said it’s been a combination of things that have made his junior signal caller better this season.

“Competition plus the offense,” Patterson said of Boykin’s improvement. “We also got more time this summer to watch film with him and Coach Cumbie was around him. You had Joeckel come in and he knew the offense and he really helped him being an older guy. It was a combination of a lot of things.”

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