TCU played almost flawlessly against the Cougars, who hadn't lost a conference game since 2005. How the Fogs perform against the Cowboys, who have lost every Mountain West game this season (0-4), will show TCU's true character.
TCU is ranked No.15 in the polls and No.14 in the BCS standings, facts which Head Coach Gary Patterson says he and the rest of the team need to ignore.
"I've been in this position before," Patterson said in reference to TCU's new ranking. "The key to it is; if you don't win, it doesn't mean anything."
College Football fans know the danger following a big win. Patterson mentioned Stanford's win over USC last year. The next week, the Cardinal lost to TCU. This season, USC soundly defeated Ohio State in what was supposed to be the best game of the season. The No.1 Trojans sat around for two weeks after beating the Buckeyes, then lost to unranked Oregon State.
TCU beat BYU on a Thursday, which gave the Frogs a few extra days to think about the victory. Patterson said he and his staff stopped talking about BYU before the weekend, which will hopefully make the team concentrate on the Cowboys.
"Everybody we have left has a reason to play hard against us," Patterson said. "Wyoming has always been a tough ballgame."
Last season, the Cowboys defeated the Frogs 24-21 in Laramie. Wyoming had 336 yards on offense, 232 rushing, forced two fumbles and had an interception.
"Last time we played Wyoming, they had two weeks to prepare for us, and they embarrassed us," Patterson said. "We have to get ready to play."
This season's schedule benefits Wyoming again. The Cowboys last game was two weeks ago when they were defeated by No.12 Utah. Wyoming has had two weeks to prepare for the Frogs, who are coming off an emotional high.
Wyoming's Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon combined for 235 yards rushing in the win against the Frogs last year. Both players are back this season, and the seniors average 146.3 combined rushing yards. Moore has better numbers this season, with more carries and yards, but Seldon is still a threat.
Wyoming has struggled on defense, however, giving up an average of 317.1 yards. If TCU can continue the aggressive offensive attack from the BYU game, the Frogs should not have any trouble from Wyoming. If the Frogs are not focused and turn the ball over like last year, TCU could be in danger.
As Patterson has said before, Saturday's game will be the biggest, because it is next. He has said all of the right things. How TCU comes out against Wyoming will show whether or not his team has listened. The Frogs have a great opportunity. They have worked hard to get to 7-1, 4-0 this season. It is easy for a team to get motivated for a big game against a Top-10 team. How that same team performs in a game it should win is what separates good teams from champions.