OU is really, really good. I think they’ll roll that SEC defense Georgia has.
Gary Patterson has some advice for Oklahoma’s opponents in the College Football Playoff.
The TCU football coach and his team saw up close and personal how tough it was to beat Oklahoma this season, losing 38-20 in the regular season and 41-17 in the Big 12 championship game.
“I’ll put the challenge out there, whoever gets an opportunity to play them — have fun!” Patterson said Saturday following the league title game at AT&T Stadium. “We got a chance to do it twice.”
Don’t count on Bryce Love not playing in the bowl game.
TCU will have their entire defense on the field for the full time against Stanford, which will bode well. The Frogs have also played well against one-dimensional teams this season, such as Kansas State, Texas, Texas Tech and Arkansas.
The power balance is shifted in TCU’s favor, but it’ll still be a tough test. This isn’t a Stanford team that can be quantified with numbers, they play teams that are worse than them closely while playing much better in games that are more evenly matched. Even if Love can’t go, expect the TCU rushing defense to face a test, even if Stanford is one-dimensional. They may do only one thing, but they do it well.
The Frogs got things started right with a win over SMU. But Nevada will be another tough challenge, and this one is away from home.
“Every week’s interesting, every week’s an opportunity, a challenge, so I don’t know that I look at it any different than previous weeks,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “It’s just we recognize these are two good games, two good teams.”
SMU is coming off a home victory against then-No. 14 USC and also owns a win against then-No. 2 Arizona. The Mustangs’ loss have been against Northern Iowa and Western Kentucky at a tournament in the Bahamas.
Nevada (8-0) will be playing its fifth true road game Tuesday night in Lubbock and its 10th game in 29 days with the TCU matchup. The road wins have boosted the Wolfpack’s RPI to eighth in the country, but Texas Tech and TCU present an opportunity as their first Power 5 opponents.
“The Nevada game, we wanted to try to find the best team we could, strength-of-schedule-wise, RPI-wise,” Dixon said. “You put out feelers, you try to find the best team. They’ve lived up to what we thought. You need two to tango. There weren’t a lot of people calling us, and there weren’t a lot of people calling them. That’s how we ended up playing against each other.’
Even without Alex Robinson, TCU dominated a really good Mustangs team. The Frogs were just too much for the Ponies with their inside-out game, defeating them for the first time in their last six tries.
“It’s huge for our program and for the future moving forward, even after I graduate,” Williams said. “I’ve been here three years. This is one of the things I wanted for my senior year, was to beat SMU, and we got that done tonight.”
Williams’ performance helped the Horned Frogs (9-0) win for the first time in six games against the Mustangs (7-3). It was also TCU’s 14th straight victory, the nation’s longest winning streak, which began last season with five wins in the NIT.