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Patterson not lessening demands on TCU's defense, learning or not | Fort Worth Star Telegram

There's still room for improved tackling.

Patterson said he can live with the 3.7 yards Texas averaged on 51 rushes last week. But not the 22 missed tackles he counted.

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TCU-Kansas State Preview | FOX Sports

TCU's offense has been rolling since the Minnesota game.

TCU (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) has totaled at least 50 points and 600 yards of offense in each of its last four games. After last week's 50-7 blowout of Texas, the Horned Frogs rank third in the nation with 50.8 points per game and second with 630.0 yards a contest.

Tough early stretch could prove to be a catalyst for TCU | ESPN

Mental toughness is a key component of a team that hopes to have a shot at the championship.

If TCU ends up securing a spot in the College Football Playoff, it may look back upon the trying times at the beginning of the season as a catalyst for the final seven games. The offense was terrific, the defense did enough to win, and the overall mental toughness of the entire roster was solidified.

The Times 25: TCU is back on Top | Los Angeles Times

We love you too, L.A.

Welcome back Texas Christian, all is forgiven.

How did we let seven or eight injuries on defense affect our relationship? Or that close call at Minnesota? You were preseason No. 1 for a reason, and you proved it with that Ringling Brothers' win over Texas Tech followed by a rout of the Texas Shorthorns.

Smart recruiting keeps TCU rolling out dangerous receivers | FOX Sports

Gary Patterson's recruiting methods haven't changed that much. 2-star recruit KaVontae Turpin proves that.

Too bad Texas never recruited Turpin. But hey, neither did just about every Power 5 conference program in the nation. Except TCU.

It's finds like Turpin that have made TCU a national power and can keep it that way when injuries bite. For a second consecutive week, the Frogs were without Kolby Listenbee, a top receiver along with Josh Doctson. And starting reciever Ty Slanina was lost for the season with an injury in the previous game at Texas Tech.

Hubener will start against TCU as bizarre season keeps rolling | FOX Sports

Good to know Hubener didn't suffer a concussion on that brutal hit.

Joe Hubener, the Wildcats' starting quarterback ever since Jesse Ertz went down in the season-opener, will be ready to start Saturday night's game against No. 2 TCU, according to the Kansas City Star. On Tuesday he told the newspaper that he did not sustain a concussion on the hit that knocked him out of the 36-34 loss to the Cowboys. Hubener said he passed a battery of tests as part of the concussion protocol and was given the green light to return to the game.

Watching rankings not recommended for TCU by Patterson | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Good advice from the head coach.

“If they’re worried about that, then Sunday they’ll be disappointed,” Patterson said. “Because if you don’t win by ‘X’ amount or you don’t do this, don’t do that, you’re going to drop anyway.”

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Five things TCU fans should  know about Kansas State, including its QB carousel | Dallas Morning News

It may be difficult to run against the Wildcats.

2. Rushing defense. The Wildcats have limited the opposition to 71 rushing yards per game, which tops the Big 12 by a large margin. Oklahoma State, which has the league's second-ranked unit, permits 132.2 yards per game on the ground. The Cowboys mustered 49 rushing yards on 27 attempts against Kansas State last week. Nationally, the Wildcats are No. 3 against the run.

Horned Frogs reach midseason in style | Lindy's Sports

Just keep on rolling, Frogs.

The Horned Frogs have survived a plethora of injuries on the defensive side and last Saturday’s 50-7 demolishment of Texas was an example of a team now clicking on all cylinders. TCU might be down seven defensive starters, but it simply looks like a team headed toward a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff.

TCU Has Found Its X-Factor in KaVontae Turpin | Today's U

Turpin's performance wasn't a fluke, regardless of what this guy thinks.

Turpin sounded off for 168 yards and four touchdowns on six catches. He already had two scores to his name before the game, but he tripled his output in just one day. Considering this came against a Texas defense that is equivalent to a sinking boat with only a Dixie cup to bail the water out, this could be a fluke performance. But his sheer athleticism and intangibles makes me confident this won’t be the last time his name is plastered on game recaps.