Man, the Horned Frogs backs have to be hurting after carrying the state all season long ;).
No. 16 TCU, which has a huge game Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., against No. 6 Oklahoma State, is keeping its eye on what’s in front of the Horned Frogs.
But the Frogs carry the expectations of the state’s football reputation with them to Oklahoma, whether they realize it or not.
“I think we’ve played good. It’s not really my job to assess everyone else,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “I can only assess TCU and we ended up 3-0, so that’s about all I can talk about. Those other coaches don’t care about my opinion.”
If the Frogs get to the half within striking distance, how will an untested OSU respond?
Oklahoma State's competition wasn't very fierce, but the Cowboys have been dominant early in games and have landed quick knockout punches.
They've outscored opponents 59-0 in the first quarter and 42-7 in the third quarter. Coming out of the locker room, these Cowboys are going to hit TCU very, very hard.
But they'll probably opt to be more methodical against a Frogs' defense that is capable of sticking to receivers downfield. Don't expect the Cowboys to be as efficient as they were in previous games, but just know the impetus to come out swinging will be there.
Eh, I prefer mustard.
“Coach P always tells us we enjoy the underdog mentality,” senior left tackle Joseph Noteboom said. “That is kind of what we ride on, being the underdog. You kind of have a chip on your shoulder. You’re not, ‘Oh, we’re better, we don’t have to work as hard to beat people.’ Then you lose one you’re supposed to win.”
Does that underdog role serve his team well? Clearly, it has. But Patterson is choosing this week to play coy.
“I don’t know,” Patterson said. “We’ve been here for 20 years. So I guess so.”
My new favorite local paper. Third down is something to watch on Saturday, for sure.
TCU leads the nation in third-down conversion percentage at nearly 66 percent. ... Rudolph passed for 423 yards in the first half of a 59-21 win at Pittsburgh last week, a school record for most yards passing in a half. ... Oklahoma State had four receivers gain at least 100 yards last week. No FBS team had as many reach the feat in a game since 2005. ... Oklahoma State won last year’s game 31-6. ... TCU WR/KR KaVontae Turpin needs 68 yards to reach 3,000 all-purpose yards in his career.
** Clam Gene Alert **
So, basically, the Game Day crew wanted a free vacay in NYC? K.
Either Athens, Ga., or Stillwater, Okla., would have been a better selection than NYC, but sports TV executives simply can’t quit Manhattan. They are just sure they can penetrate the biggest, most saturated, entertainment market in the world.
And, never forget this, it’s a fun trip for the people involved. Lots of families make this trip whereas none would have gone to Stillwater.
“GameDay” has become a national sports treasure, and while it has picked more unique locales over the years, Times Square never works in these cases. I am biased, but “GameDay” should have gone to Stillwater, a town that would have recognized and appreciated “GameDay.”
New York City won’t even notice Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, Herbie and Corso are there.
An ESPN exec told me that “GameDay” does not visit the “biggest game of ranked opponents” and simply pursues the best story. This person said New York City is something they have wanted to do for years with “GameDay,” and that this had been in the works for months; that this was not a shot at fans of any school, or a slight in any way.