TCU once stood as a Big 12 favorite, with two quality quarterbacks returning and a defense that could dominate.
Then defections and injuries hit — including one to starting QB Casey Pachall — and the Horned Frogs sit 2-3, albeit with a chance to feel much better about themselves, hosting Kansas Saturday in Fort Worth. And the Frogs need some healing, sharing last place in the Big 12 at 0-2 in conference play.
The fact that TCU has played one of the rougher schedules in the country so far offers little consolation. And after Kansas, the Frogs visit Stillwater for OSU’s homecoming.
“We knew what we were getting into,” said TCU coach Gary Patterson. “We knew what LSU and Oklahoma were going to be like. Texas Tech was a bit of a surprise. They played well.
“We’re still very close to being able to win some ball games. The kids are playing hard. Somebody asked me about the defense yesterday. I like them because they like each other, and they play hard for each other. Offensively, if you look back over the last three seasons, we’ve started slow each year. You just have to get ready to go.”
Stastistically, the story isn’t much better for the Frogs. They rank No. 101 in passing yards per game (193.2), 97th in rushing yards (128.2) and 75th in scoring (28.0).
And Patterson knows that doesn’t speak to the worst of it.
“TCU has two wins and three losses. The key is to win ball games,” Patterson said. “That has always been the motto.
“For me, it’s not my first rodeo. I’ve been through all this before. The worst thing that could happen is for people to panic. We’re in a society of instant success. At the end of the season, we’ll see where the chips fall.
” You just have to understand there are a lot of different things that add up to everything that goes on. No panic here. That doesn’t mean I’m happy. Everything usually goes down from the top. Let’s go see if we can find a way to beat Kansas.”