TCU coach Gary Patterson may be focused on the one-game-at-time thing and solely on the present, but don't think for a moment he doesn't notice the teams he's played, and beaten, and how they are doing. At present, TCU's strength of schedule improves weekly.
Week 1 opponent Oregon State is 2-2, and 1-0 in the Pac 10.
Week 2 opponent Tenn Tech is ... and no one cares what their record is.
Week 3 opponent Baylor is 4-1, and 1-0 in the Big 12.
Week 4 opponent SMU is 3-2, and 2-0 in CUSA.
TCU really needs these teams to keep winning.
"It's big for us for them to win, GP said today. "I took notice that Oregon State beat Arizona State. I thought it was interesting that the national media didn't say much about it, for Boise's sake and TCU's sake. ... I thought all of that makes a difference. Those things I do pay attention to."
There is a very good chance all three of TCU's D-I non-conf. opponents will be in a bowl at season's end. Oregon State is talented enough to have a more than one Pac 10 upset. Baylor is good enough to beat Texas Tech on Saturday, and reach seven wins. SMU is good enough to make a run at the CUSA title.
TCU's schedule could look better as long as those teams keep winning, and remaining opponents such as No. 10 Utah and No. 25 Air Force remain ranked.
Whether or not the snobs at the BCS care is a different matter.
- Mac Engel
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