TCU spent the first six weeks of the season finding out what life in the Big 12 is like, and now it gets tough. The Horned Frogs wrap up the season with a three game gauntlet starting Saturday with a gauntlet of Kansas State, followed by Texas and Oklahoma.
“I’m glad we got to six wins before we got to these three,” head coach Gary Patterson said at his weekly press conference Tuesday. "This is our Custer section. We are going over the hill.”
The game against Kansas State presents a unique situation for Patterson, who played at Kansas State and began his coaching career working for Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder. Snyder’s example is something Patterson’s tried to emulate.
“His work ethic and how he handles things," Patterson said. "It is 24 hours a day during the season, trying to find a way to win a ball game. It’s a tribute to him, his coaches and his program how they do everything. They named a stadium and a highway after him, I saw the other day there was a Bill Snyder Highway. That pretty much sums it up. We have highways named after Amon Carter here, and it’s Bill Snyder there.”
To better Snyder and Kansas State, the defense is going to need to slow down the Wildcats offense. The Horned Frogs are surrendering 32.5 points per game in the Big 12 so far and that includes a 6 point effort against Kanas. What could help TCU’s cause is the uncertain status of Heisman Trophy candidate, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who is a question mark with concussion like symptoms.
Snyder was non-committal when asked about Klein's status this week.
“Would I expect him to play? I certainly hope that’s the case, and I would expect that to take place,” Snyder said.