It’s every man for every man when TCU’s offense is on the field.
“Nobody’s fired up for themselves. Everybody’s fired up for each other,” Patterson said when asked why he likes this TCU offense. “Every week it’s somebody different. It’s no different than a baseball team. It can’t always be the middle of your order that makes all the runs. When the end of your order can make some hits, score some runs, get on, it makes your whole offense better.”
Zach Braziller is someone who gets it.
Somehow, the previous 15 years were forgotten. For some reason, TCU was penalized for one bad season, while others were given the benefit of the doubt.
The Horned Frogs began the year unranked, despite all Gary Patterson has done in developing his program into one of the most consistent in the country, producing 10 double-digit-win years in the previous 14 seasons before last year’s six-win campaign.
People are starting to take notice, but the Frogs are still being underrated.
TCU moved up to No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the AP Top 25. The ranking seems low, considering two wins have come on the road against Power Five opponents. After the game, Patterson told reporters, “We wanted to be relevant. … That’s what you want to do. You want to win enough ballgames that people take notice.”
“It was technically an upset. It sure didn’t feel like it.” Thank you, Bill. Those are the words I have been looking for.
At their best, Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs have been an efficiency machine on both sides of the ball, fast and steady on offense and willing to give up a few big gains in the name of constant three-and-outs. And after a couple of glitchier-than-normal seasons, they were putting together an awfully TCU-like résumé through three weeks of 2017.
The Frogs are on the map after a big win against OSU. Now, though, it’s about keeping heads down and noses to the grindstone.
“We didn’t listen to anybody when they didn’t give us a chance,” Patterson said. “Well, we’re not going to listen to anybody now that they’re going to tell us how great we are.”