There’s no doubt that the TCU Horned Frogs’ season opener against Minnesota was disappointing, as the team’s usually high-powered “Air-Raid” offense managed just 23 points against Minnesota last Thursday, and head coach Gary Patterson made sure that his team got the message via his votes in the Coaches Poll.
According to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News, Patterson said that he put some teams ahead of his own in the poll because he was nowhere near satisfied with a 23-17 win against a squad that TCU should have blown out of the water.
“You got to be all-in,” Patterson said. “I wish I could be more positive, but I think it’s better to be the way it is. If you’re not acting right on and off the field, then I got a problem. In general, when we’ve bought in, we’ve had good seasons. And no matter how talented we are, if we don’t all buy in at TCU, we don’t.
“And right now, I’m not real happy with the buy-in. We need to change that if we want to be what we want to be. I’d be leading you astray if I thought everything was hunky-dory.
“I saw some really good football teams Saturday. And I’ll be honest with you, I voted a couple of them ahead of us.”
Sure enough, TCU fell from second to third in the AP Top 25, and holds the same position in the Coaches Poll. The team’s next game comes at home against the Southland’s Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks so the team could easily have a bounce-back game, but one thing is certain.
This team has a long road ahead, and Patterson isn’t going to pull any punches when it comes to calling out shortcomings.
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