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Gary Patterson just wanted a 3-1 September. Now top-10 Frogs did him one better

TCU coach Gary Patterson wanted his team to be no worse than 3-1 coming out of its first four games.

The Horned Frogs did him one better with Saturday’s 44-31 victory at Oklahoma State, which gave them a 4-0 record and a big climb in the polls as they head into a bye week.

“We understood what the first four ballgames were going to be about,” Patterson said Tuesday on the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters. “What you want to do is you want to at least be 3-1 coming out of it. We’re fortunate we’re 4-0.”

It’s made the Frogs and Patterson the talk of the town — and country; interview requests are pouring in with national media in town for a College Football Playoff mock selection exercise in Grapevine this week.

Patterson probably previewed his message to any reporters who ask.

“Now we turn ourselves to basically being 0-0 and see how many we get of these next eight once we get back into it,” he said.

Patterson said last week he turned the first four games into a mini-season. The next eight games all come without a break in between, starting with the Oct. 7 home game against West Virginia and ending with a Black Friday home game against Baylor. In between, the Frogs will visit Kansas State, host Kansas, visit Iowa State, host Texas and visit Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

“If our group can’t figure out that they’ve got eight really tough games left, then they’ll be surprised,” Patterson said.

Source: Star Telegram

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