A few years ago he agreed to a home-and-home series against LSU. The first game is scheduled for Sept. 7, 2013 at LSU. The return game is Sept. 6 in Fort Worth in 2014.
The design was for LSU to be the one non-conference game on TCU's schedule that would give his team some idea how good they are. Games such as these, which Boise State has done for years, are vitally important if you are not in a BCS conference.
Now that TCU is in a BCS conference, the LSU game looks like a death wish.
"It's probably not a great game. You lose seven or eight players in that game going into conference ...," Patterson said. "You have to be smart. ... Back in 2001, we played Nebraska in the Kickoff Classic. We lost four starters for the season. ... When we scheduled the LSU game that was because we were in the Mountain West and we needed a game like that to find out where we are as a program. I don't need to find that out now."
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