TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson met with the media on Tuesday afternoon and while he had little to say of substance he did reveal that there are some differences between Oklahoma and Minnesota when asked to compare.
"They're not the same," Patterson said, "but there are some similarities with what we have to stop. There's some carryover from the Minnesota game, but there are things you have to do that involve stopping the three or four wide receivers. Their skill guys are all really good. They have one of the better offensive lines and then you put it with the defense that runs like it does. Our kids are up to the challenge. In this game, you have to play in the secondary. They're really good at play action. You have to stop the run and make tackles. Offensively, you have to play better on third downs. When you get down there you have to score points. They're good, and they're a Bob Stoops team."
The Golden Gophers have by far been TCU's strongest opponent on the season, and many (myself included) were surprised with the ease to which the Frogs rolled to a 30-7 victory. So far the loss is the only blemish on Minnesota's record this season, and even after making waves at the Big House this last weekend, no one is standing in line to compare Minnesota to the Sooners. That includes Patterson.
TCU will be Oklahoma's first ranked opponent on the year. The Horned Frogs checked in at #25 in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week. Patterson, rightfully so, was a bit proud of this on Tuesday and in a move of class he gave all due credit to the guys on the field.
"I was proud," Patterson said, "especially for the kids. They've put in a lot of hard work, and I've been telling them not to worry about that stuff. If you play well enough, people notice. As I tell them, when you play a ball game and it's outside the conference, that's your resume. Everybody else in that conference gets to watch you play. If you want votes, the only way they can do it is to turn on the film and say, `Look at these guys.'