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TCU News: Yes, They’re Still Talking About Hill

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Throat slash? Religious symbol? Doesn’t matter. Time to start thinking about Iowa State.

Football:

Patterson: Hill Celebration Part of Religious Belief | The Star-Telegram

By now it’s pretty obvious that Kenny Hill wasn’t taunting, but simply making a gesture he has made in both games. But this time, it was a flag. Regardless, it’s time to move on.

“If he wants to do something like that, he just needs to let me know. That way I can do a better job of backing him up,” Patterson said Monday during the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters. “We’ve learned a lesson.”

TCU football unranked for first time since September of 2014 | TCU 360

Was the drop awfully precipitous for a team losing to a good opponent in double OT? Probably true. Is TCU ranked more appropriately at #26 than #15? Also probably true.

The Horned Frogs fell out of the top 25 in the Associated Press College Football poll after losing to Arkansas in double overtime and snapping a 14 home-game winning streak on Saturday night.

Arkansas, however, rose in the rankings.

Wild ending to Arkansas-TCU among worst ‘bad beats’ of the weekend | ESPN

If you want to know why I don’t bet on sports, it’s this:

This game ended up going over the total by 21.5 points, but make no mistake about it, this was a bad beat for those on the under. With less than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Arkansas led 20-7, as bettors on the under had a 30.5-point cushion.

The Tess Effect: Punt, Pass, and Pork | Campus Rush

Everyone needs to read this. The Tess effect is very real, and it can bring joy or pain in the blink of an eye. Also - I totally called this craziness on twitter once the broadcast team was revealed.

Tessitore swears the rest of his life isn't nearly as interesting as the games he calls. He's either at home in Connecticut studying up for his next game, planning a fabulous meal with his wife Rebecca or out at practice watching his son John, a punter who graduates high school in 2018. Cars do not explode behind Tessitore when he walks down the street. Eagles do not land on his shoulder. The earth does not open under his feet. He's just a regular guy who happens to create the best kind of chaos when he steps into a broadcast booth.

Gary Patterson: TCU defense better but still ‘little bit out of control’ | The Star-Telegram

Positive signs from Saturday on the defensive side of the ball, but Patterson’s crew still has a ways to go.

“We tackled better,” Patterson said of last week’s game. “That was the biggest thing. Only allowed six points, two field goals, basically on defense in the first half and 142 yards against what I think is going to be a pretty good offense. ... We have to keep getting better, and I think we will as long as we stay healthy.”

Iowa State notes: Hakeem Butler questionable, Nigel Tribune available against TCU | The Gazette

The Cyclones are getting a crucial defensive player back from suspension just in time for TCU.

Senior defensive back Nigel Tribune will be available Saturday after serving a suspension for the first two games stemming from an OWI arrest this summer. Tribune owns the most career starts (26) of anyone on the ISU roster and has 131 tackles, 26 pass break-ups and four interceptions in his career.