FORT WORTH, TX - TCU Coach Gary Patterson held his weekly press conference on Tuesday. The topic of discussion on Tuesday, obviously enough, was the upcoming visit by the Oklahoma Sooners.
Gary Patterson says his Horned Frogs will have their hands full with Oklahoma
"Oklahoma is a really good football team,” said Patterson. “You're talking about a team that was in the discussion for the national championship early in the season and are still in the mix for a BCS game. Their two losses have come to teams that have been No. 1 in the nation. Notre Dame is there now and Kansas State earlier. They have scored 40-to-50 points in their last three games. They are one of the more athletic football teams we have played.
“Everyone wants to talk about when TCU played them in 2005, but what they need to do is compare this team to the Oklahoma team we played in 2008 that played for the national championship. They are very athletic and a good football team. They are playing extremely well right now. They have four wideouts who are unbelievable. Their offensive line, running backs and (quarterback) Landry Jones have done a great job the past couple of weeks."
While the Sooner defense has been getting it’s workman’s share of criticism over the past few weeks, Patterson says the Sooner defense is big, fast and features one of the best secondary’s they will face this season.
"They come with a big four-man front and their linebackers can play,” said Patterson. “They have the best assortment of defensive backs that I have seen in a long time. They will play six or seven at a time on the field. They can all cover, are big, can run all over the place and can hit you. The kicker has done an unbelievable job. He is probably one of the best in the league. We have a lot of work to do.
"They are physical like they always have been. They have good players, plain and simple. They have played for a lot of championships so they understand how it works, and so do we. You have to have a swagger too, and they have a swagger."
The Horned Frogs have been running the football successfully as of late but Patterson says he’s not sure if he’ll be able to keep the ball on the ground against the Sooners. Patterson was asked if the Frogs could win by only throwing the ball ten times.
"Probably not. Not the way they (Oklahoma) are playing on offense. If we can run the football and we can get it done, we will take it, but we probably can't do that again."
The Sooners and Horned Frogs kick off at 11:00 Saturday morning in Fort Worth.