After having just so much fun with Texas Tech and football coach Tommy Tuberville's wise decision to back out of the 2011 game at TCU, a serious tip of the cap to the entire program for said decision, and their Game of the Century win in Fort Worth on Saturday.
Tech's 6-1 record is the type of proof this administration desperately needed to justify dumping Mike Leach a few years ago. Tech may still be a house divided as a result of that decision, but wins such as the one against West Virginia and TCU can make people heal quickly.
Tuberville has been around college football long enough to know that it's not about who you beat but how many wins you have. He realized last season he didn't have a team so he lined up his non-conference schedule with dogs in an effort to become bowl eligible.
Since TCU joined the Big 12, TT had no choice but to play TCU in Fort Worth but he obviously has a team that can play - the Red Raiders' 56-53 3OT win makes them bowl eligible in the giant scam that is the FBS level.
As for TCU, this was part of the deal when it signed on to be in the Big 12. No more 30-point blowouts against New Mexico, UNLV, etc. This is just bigger, and harder. Saturday was a wonderful scene and atmosphere, but losses like this are far more likely than in the Mountain West.
Gary Patterson wasn't kidding on Tuesday when he said his team could win every game remaining on its schedule, or lose them all. GP may have as much talent as he has ever had in his tenure at TCU, but they are just so young. This team never stopped, obviously, but it never looked like it knew how to close this out.
GP has played a nation-leading 16 true freshmen this season, and that much inexperience is going to cost TCU games. It will payoff huge next season, but in the meantime both he and his team are going to lose in a way this program was no longer accustomed.
Either way, a great day for college football in Fort Worth.
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