TCU Football Notebook: November 29, 2016

With the regular season finale against the Kansas State Wildcats just five days away, TCU head coach Gary Patterson hosted his final mid-week press conference of the 2016 season Tuesday afternoon.

We bring you up to date on all the news as the Horned Frogs get one last shot to snap a three-game home losing-streak and record their third winning season in as many years.

Looking ahead to K-State

TCU has won each of its last two meetings against Patterson’s alma mater, as the Horned Frogs downed the Wildcats 52-45 in Manhattan, Kansas last year after a wild second-half comeback, while dominating then No. 7 K-State 41-20 at home in 2014. Patterson expects Saturday’s contest against coach Bill Snyder’s squad to be a hard-fought battle.

“They’ve come really far on defense this year and when their quarterback can run the football, they’re hard to deal with,” Patterson said. “They run the ball a lot but they’ve adapted to their Big 12 opponents. They make you tackle on islands.”

With Kansas State entering the contest at 7-4 and the Frogs at 6-5, the winner of Saturday’s contest will likely earn themselves a trip to the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston on Dec. 28. The likely opponent: the Texas A&M Aggies – a former conference rival for both TCU and K-State at some point in their respective histories.

The state of college football

On the note of Kansas State, Snyder remarked on the Big 12 coaches conference call Monday that college football has moved away from player welfare towards “winning and dollars” as the biggest priority for the game. Patterson reaffirmed Snyder’s opinion on Tuesday, saying that he too fears money has become too influential of a factor in the game.

“I’m worried about the state of the game,” Patterson said. “If the TVs go away tomorrow, what happens to college football? It’s like markets - if they go too far to one side, they eventually find a way to come back. We need to be cautious.”

Patterson however dismissed the perception that many have of him as an “old school” coach, especially in regards to his players.

“I think players should be who they are.” Patterson said.  “The little things like how they have their hair doesn’t really matter.”

Recruiting inconveniences

With the Big 12 still without a conference title game, TCU and Kansas State find themselves scheduled for a game on championship weekend despite having nothing to play for other than bowl assignments.  Consequently, the Frogs and Wildcats lose a week that would otherwise be dedicated for recruiting, a luxury that every other college football program in their position has this week. Patterson was none too happy about the inconvenient scheduling.

“It’s a detriment to have to play this Saturday,” Patterson said. “Anybody who does is really behind the eight-ball.”

Patterson said that he will be leaving town for recruiting visits next week as soon as possible following Saturday’s game.

“They get an extra seven days. After this weekend we only have one free week and then not until January to dedicate for recruiting,” Patterson said.

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