TCU head coach Gary Patterson was asked a fair question on Friday morning, and he brought up a fair point in turn. How is the media going to portray this game tomorrow, regardless of outcome? This the part of college football I'm still not in love with - it's still a great deal about perception. And anytime a non-AQ team defeats a "big boy" the automatic thought is the AQ didn't care, mailed it in, etc.
This is GP's rather long but relevant answer. TCU hasn't lost a game, its in the Rose Bowl, so I can't see Wisconsin mailing it in. If the Frogs win, they will have earned it.
"Well, I'd probably ask you guys this question. If we do win, and it's Sunday, how are you going to write it? Are you going to write it because Wisconsin didn't play well, because TCU won the ballgame? That would be my question to you.
Are you going to write it because Wisconsin didn't play well? Because that's what we've gotten for 13 years. When we've beaten somebody, they didn't play well or are you going to write that they played a great ballgame? I think that is the question you've got to ask yourself.
Even in the state of Texas, we've battled the Cowboys and the Longhorns and all the groups. People always ask me, how do you measure up against the Mountain West? Well, we've never had to be measured against the Mountain West. We've always been measured against the State of Texas where you have the Big 12, the SEC that come in and recruit and do things. That's where our recruiting has been.
That is the question I'd ask yourselves when you write it when you watch the ballgame. Once it's over with and you get going, you're not going to have any control as a head coach. But one thing you'll find out about me is I'm always honest, sometimes to a tact.
If you listen to my players they're going to know where they stand with me whether they like it or they don't. I think you'll find tomorrow maybe it's a 70 14 blow up, Wisconsin wins. Maybe it's 42 14, TCU wins. Who knows what that's going to be. But I have a suspicion it's got a chance to be a 23 20 or 31 34, or 14 13 ballgame; and if it is, what are you going to write? That is the key.
To be honest with you, the nation's going to read whatever you guys tell them. My team's going to be what you tell them. Not what I think, not what I say, what you tell them. What do you think TCU is. That would be my answer to that question as far as what it is. How are you going to write it?"
- Mac Engel
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