Bragging rights for the Summers’ clan, for one.
“It seems a lot more personal,” said TCU defensive end Ty Summers, whose sister Faith is a junior SMU golfer, “because you’re fighting for the DFW. So whoever wins this game has in a way bragging right rights so it makes things more interesting and fun.”
Patterson understands what it takes to get a team ready for conference play.
“Everybody says you have to play big games and all I’m reading in the newspapers today, fellas, is all the players who played in those big games are out for the season,” Patterson said. “You guys all want these special games to play, but the bottom line is you need to get your team ready to play.
“You go win ballgames, get your team ready, then you go play your conference schedule and get ready to go.”
There was some moving and shaking in the AP Poll this week, but the Horned Frogs stayed put at 16. For Chuck Carlton, though, TCU ranked 13.
CHUCK CARLTON’S BALLOT
Quick synopsis: Yes, Texas A&M got a vote from me. May or may not be premature with Clemson coming to College Station, but the Aggies looked like an improved team, admittedly against an FCS opponent. LSU went from unranked by me to 14th. And Virginia Tech took a big jump to 15, which shows how dicey preseason conventional wisdom can be.
5. Ohio State
8. Notre Dame
9. West Virginia
10. Michigan State
11. Penn State
15. Virginia Tech
18. Mississippi State
19. Central Florida
20. South Carolina
21. Boise State
24. Oklahoma State
25. Texas A&M
Jaylen Fisher didn’t suffer a new knee injury, but this surgery is a scope on the same knee in which he tore a meniscus back in January.
Fisher will miss 6-10 weeks, but the hope is he’ll be ready by the season opener on Nov. 7 against Cal State Bakersfield.