Patterson Wednesday Recap: 11/19
TCU’s football team returned to the practice field on Wednesday after being given a two-day break from head coach Gary Patterson. The Frogs have a bye this weekend before traveling to Austin to face Texas on Thanksgiving night. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time after a gauntlet of eight straight games. Number one, it gives the Frogs a chance to get healthy with the ten days between games. The Frogs have been without the services of B.J. Catalon and Deante’ Gray in the last two games. “We went eight straight weeks,” Patterson said. “We’ve still got a couple of guys that didn’t practice but we’re closer today than what we were. We’ll go tomorrow and then be off Friday and go this weekend.” On Tuesday the latest College Football Playoff Rankings were released and TCU dropped one spot to No 5 behind Mississippi State. Patterson says he doesn’t get caught up in watching the rankings because he has no control over where the Frogs stand each week; he just has to win ball games. “I haven’t watched it once,” he said. “It doesn’t do any good to talk. I knew if Alabama beat Mississippi State that no matter how we played it could be changed and so for me I’m just going to worry about Texas and Iowa State. We can be 11-1, that’s all I can do and then we’ll worry about all of that stuff later on.” “It doesn’t do me any good to get high or low; I know if I win two I’m going to be in a good bowl game somewhere whether it’s in the playoffs or somewhere else. There kids deserve that so I’m trying to help give them that.” IMPROVED TEXAS Texas has won three consecutive games since a 23-0 setback to Kansas State on October 25th. The Longhorns have allowed just 12 points per game on defense and averaged nearly 32 points per game on offense during the three game win streak. Patterson says the Longhorns have been strong on defense all season and credits most of their turnaround to an improved offense that’s led by sophomore Tyrone Swoopes. “They’ve been playing good defense all year and offensively they’ve just been coming on; they’re playing with a lot more confidence,” Patterson said of the Longhorns. “They’ve been able to run the football but more importantly they’ve been able to throw a little bit better and the quarterback has come along. They’ll be a handful; they’ve got good players, good skill players.” Last season, Texas gave the Frogs their worst defeat of the season with a 30-7 win in a game that was delayed three and a half hours due to weather. With a new offensive scheme guided by one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Trevone Boykin, Patterson knows this will be a good test for his offense. “They’ve got some players up front that can play but it’s no different than playing anybody else; they’re a good football team and you’ve got to go take games,” he said. “They play better at home than they do on the road. We’ve got to get ready to play.”
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