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Gary Patterson’s suggestion: Maybe Mike Collins should get more snaps at QB for TCU | The Star-Telegram

Will we see more Mike Collins Saturday against Ohio State?

“You get a different perspective than you do watching from behind the center,” Patterson said. “Like I said, head coach talking. I’m not one of those guys that [makes decisions for Cumbie and the offensive coaches]. They have a better feel for it, but my thing is a suggestion of making it through 10 more games. There’s just things those other quarterbacks can do and they can keep you healthy, especially on certain plays.”

Robinson appeared to get banged up on his final play Friday night, a third-down run in which he exposed himself to a big hit to try and make a first down. He was looked at by trainers on the sidelines afterward, but said he was “good” in his postgame interview.

Robinson acknowledged he is still learning the risk/reward when it comes to using his feet. He’s flashed his ability to extend plays and run early on this season, scoring on an 18-yard run Friday.

But Robinson felt his overall performance was just “all right.”

“A lot of mistakes, did some good. Just got to go watch film tomorrow and get better, learn from it,” Robinson said. “Just got to be more accurate, make more plays.”

Ohio State vs. TCU Betting Preview: Buckeyes Face Their Biggest Challenge Without Meyer

Shawn Robinson vs Nick Bosa could be the key to the game.

Defensively, OSU DE Nick Bosa just might be the most dominant player in college football. He’ll hear his name called early in the NFL draft next year but, along with the rest of a dominant defensive line, he’ll be terrorizing quarterbacks like Shawn Robinson until then. The TCU sophomore has all the athleticism in the world, as evidenced by his 112 yards and three touchdowns on the ground this season. That should help him get away from the Buckeyes’ pass rush on a couple of occasions, but there’s no way he’ll be able to escape it fully. And Robinson needs a lot of work as a passer, which could be the difference on Saturday. Robinson completed 17 of 24 passes against Southern in TCU’s season opener, but he was just 15-of-28 for 146 yards with a touchdown and a pick against SMU last week. Even with skilled players like wideout KaVontae Turpin and running back Darius Anderson around him, he’s not going to find anywhere near the kind of daylight he did against the Mustangs. It should be a long night for him.

Very different stakes for TCU-Ohio State and Texas-USC | ESPN

This is a great, in-depth look at one of the most important games of Gary Patterson’s career, as Adam Rittenberg gets behind the veil.

Ohio State and TCU (8 p.m. ET Saturday on ABC) feels like a potential playoff-shaping matchup. Both teams are 2-0. College GameDay will broadcast from TCU’s campus. Ohio State is playing its final game without suspended coach Urban Meyer. Gary Patterson’s team, always dangerous as an underdog, tries to validate itself as a contender.

”For a long time, TCU kind of recruited diamonds in the rough and developed guys,” said a coach who has served in the Big 12. “Now their players are as good as anybody’s. When I was looking at Texas’ personnel, I thought there were four, maybe five guys at Texas who could play for TCU.”

Ohio State Football: Vegas Makes Buckeyes Big Favorites vs TCU | Scarlet and Game

Add it to the bulletin board, Frogs.

Bovada has Ohio State as 13.5 point favorite against the 15th ranked TCU Horned Frogs at a “neutral site” game in Dallas. TCU enters the game having defeated FCS opponent Southern University and in-state rival SMU in its first two games.

Ohio State has dominated lesser Power 5 competition at home.

TCU is just 1-4 against the spread in its last 5 games, while Ohio State has gone 4-1. The Buckeyes have also gone over the projected over-under number in 9 of the last 13 contests.

Some analysts already believe the line is too tight.

SB Nation’s Bud Elliott listed the Bucks at -12 as one of his bets of the week, writing that TCU is unlikely to hold up on the line of scrimmage — and that, despite the Texas location, Ohio State fans are likely show up in droves to neutralize that advantage.