Kenny Hill the game manager is 3-0. But, on Saturday, he may have to go full Trill to give the Frogs a chance. Because Mason Rudolph and co are going to put points on the board.
“They’ve got great guys on the outside, they’ve got good guys on the inside that work in the middle, they can run by you vertical, they throw the jump ball, and they’ve got good running backs,” he said.
“Any time you can spread and you’ve got a senior quarterback that makes good decisions and you get good protection, you always cause problems. We’ve got to prepare on all levels. But that’s the Big 12. They’re a very good offense right now. We’ve got several coming down the pipe. They’re the first one.”
Gary stays mad.
And Patterson didn’t like it that his players appeared to be more concerned about overtly performing for the folks in the stands at Amon Carter Stadium.
“Want to know why we win more ballgames on the road? Because we don’t act like that,” Patterson said in his post-game news conference. “We need to focus in. Not worry about who’s in the stands.”
Patterson, whose teams have a .773 winning percentage on the road since 2009, gets his wish this Saturday. TCU travels to Stillwater to face No. 6 Oklahoma State, the team with the acid-hot offense led by quarterback Mason Rudolph, a Heisman Trophy favorite, and his flock of receivers.
Most pundits think that this game is a run away win for Okie State. That probably makes Gary less mad.
TCU-Oklahoma State (22). Where: Stillwater. When: 3:30 p.m. ET. Context: The road to the Big 12 title runs through Stillwater, and the Horned Frogs are one of the few teams in the league who look capable of altering that fact. Key matchup: TCU’s pass defense, which is allowing opponents to complete just 45 percent of their throws, against an Oklahoma State offense that is completing 70 percent and lighting up secondaries. Dash pick: Oklahoma State 47, TCU 31.
SI has Oklahoma State at four and TCU at fifteen. Hmmm....
15. TCU (3–0)
Previous ranking: 24
This week: Beat SMU, 56–36
Next game: at Oklahoma State
Kenny Hill threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns, and while the Horned Frogs’ defense gave up 463 yards, it did hold SMU star receiver Courtland Sutton to just one catch. Next week, TCU finds out if it belongs among the Big 12’s elite with a trip to Stillwater.
**Oklahoma State**. Still, this is a fun matchup between senior QBs and defenses trying to prove they are legit behind them.
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy believes his quarterback has succeeded thanks to countless amounts of reps and experience he’s gained while playing under center the past four years.
“He understands, he knows what we’re trying to accomplish,” Gundy said of where Rudolph has made his biggest strides during the Big 12 media teleconference. “He got out of his box one time Saturday and threw an interception. He didn’t progress like he’s been coached. He pre-determined a throw prior to the snap and he didn’t progress. And it cost him an interception. Other than that, he’s been really really good.”
The Horned Frogs (3-0) certainly have a difficult task ahead, when it relates to slowing down the Cowboys’ offense that hasn’t been challenged when you look at the final scores.
TCU did have some stellar performances from its defense earlier this season — giving up seven total points in its first two games against Jackson State and Arkansas — before yielding 36 to SMU in a victory over the weekend.
“They’ve been at a high level,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said of the Cowboys offense led by Rudolph. “They’re scoring 50 points a game. You’ve got to get ready to play. For me, it’s how do I stop it and how do I slow it down? But he’s doing a great job and that’s what you get with a senior quarterback.”
I love high school kids. ‘Yeah, I am 100% solid to school A unless I decide I want to go to school B but don’t worry school A I won’t change my mind unless I do.’
“If I’m being honest, I’m pretty solid,” Washington told SEC Country. “We’re talking, and it’s all the same. TCU has been giving me a bug, but for right now, LSU, for sure, is the leading candidate and I’m 100 percent solid.
“Coach O and Coach E [Steve Ensminger], they kind of joke around,” he added. “They make sure I say that I’m 100 percent, and we joke around with that. We just kick it. But we don’t have to talk about recruitment because I feel like I’m already one of them, so they don’t have to worry much about that. LSU fans don’t have to worry.”