Patterson Wednesday Recap: 11/12

TCU is looking to improve to 9-1 on the year as they travel to Lawrence this week to face Kansas 3-6, 1-5).

TCU is looking for their ninth win of the season as they travel to Lawrence, Kansas this Saturday to face the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Frogs, fresh off a No. 4 ranking in the College Football Playoff Ranking, will face some tough elements in the weather with highs expected to be in the 30’s with a chance of snow.

Frogs coach Gary Patterson knows what his team is walking into. Thankfully, Ft. Worth has seen its own version of an artic front the last two days with temperatures ranging from the low 40’s to high 30’s with high winds. He’s taken advantage of the colder conditions.

“We practiced outside the last two days for the first hour,” Patterson said. “We’ve punted against it, kick against it, thrown against it, and threw with it. We did it for two days.”

TCU played in tough conditions just two weeks ago at West Virginia. Patterson said the conditions will be worse in Lawrence on Saturday.

“This will be a lot colder; they’re predicting a heavier chance of snow,” Patterson said of the Kansas game. “It’s okay, that’s what it is.”

Aside from the weather, Patterson expects to see a much improved Jayhawk squad that is coming off a 34-14 win over Iowa State last Saturday; which broke a five-game losing streak.

“They’re playing really hard for the coach they have, Pierson is back at tailback and he brings another dimension as far as trying to tackling him,” he said. “Defensively they’re playing good football and on special teams they’ve got a couple of weapons. They play better at home; just look at scores when they play at home compared to on the road.

“They’re playing hard and having fun.”

GLAD TO BE FOUR, BUT WORK TO BE DONE

Patterson downplayed Tuesday’s latest playoff rankings that place the Frogs at the No. 4 spot; leaping over Alabama. The coach is glad to see his team is being rewarded with hard work but isn’t ready to bask in the rankings just yet.

“We’ve got three more games as part of our journey,” he said. “It will mean something when they say what the final vote is.”

INJURY FRONT

As he did last week, Patterson said on Wednesday that he isn’t releasing the status of injured key players until Friday. Last week running back B.J. Catalon and receiver Deante’ Gray did not play against Kansas State.

Patterson said Gray practiced on Wednesday, as did Kolby Listenbee, who suffered an ankle injury against the Wildcats.

“Deante’and Kolby Listenbee practiced today,” he said.

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