Darius Anderson is already running on a non-weight-bearing treadmill, meaning he has an outside shot at playing in TCU’s bowl game. That’s incredible news.
“He was running on the treadmill, one of those non-weight-bearing situations,” Patterson said. “For us, that’s even better news going forward.
There’s a way TCU can still get in, apparently. Herbie breaks it down, but the percentages are low low low.
For starters, Patterson’s team will need to produce a convincing win over the third-ranked Sooners. At a minimum, a Big 12 conference title would vault TCU over No. 9 Penn State. That fivethirtyeight.com model currently lists the chances of TCU pulling off the mild upset at 37 percent.
Patterson is right to believe what he said, but I think both schools are making it a bigger deal than it needs to be, just days before the Big 12 Championship.
“I didn’t really appreciate that we were trying to say that we were in the wrong because that was OK to let a quarterback throw a ball and hit a guy in the head that hasn’t played for two weeks. No, I’m not saying that was the reason,” Patterson said Tuesday, four days before their Top 10 rematch in the Big 12 championship game.
Responding to questions last week after a video surfaced showing Mayfield hitting a TCU player with a pass during warmups on Nov. 11, Riley said TCU ran right through the middle of Oklahoma warmups and added, “When you do that, things like that can happen.”
Sooners coaches have been very complimentary of TCU’s defense, as they should be, saying they earned everything they got against TCU in their first meeting.
Sooners co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh said you always know a Gary Patterson defense will be prepared.
“They understand what you’re trying to do on offense. Their defensive lineman play blocks as well as anybody I’ve ever played throughout the years,” Bedenbaugh said. “They really understand the blocking schemes and what you’re trying to do on offense by formation, backfield and things like that, so you have to change things up with them.”
TCU has business to take care of on Wednesday night, now ranked as the No. 23 team in the country. The Frogs’ interior offense/defense may be able to exploit Belmont’s size disadvantage.
In Monday’s 74-66 loss, Lipscomb defenders keyed on 6-foot-9 Belmont forward Mack Mercer, holding him to just two points on free throws.
“We’ve got to find an inside presence,” Belmont coach Rick Byrd told The Tennessean newspaper. “I’ve not had to coach too many teams that didn’t have an inside post presence. I’m going to have to start getting creative.”
It’s a relatively small sample, but TCU is really good when ranked and playing at home.
As a ranked team, TCU is 38-16 all-time, including 17-2 at home. The last game the Frogs played as a ranked team, No. 25 TCU defeated Grambling State 80-39 on Dec. 22, 2014 before falling out of the poll the following week.