FORT WORTH, Texas - Of the many adjustments TCU has had to make since entering the Big 12 is changing the definition of a "good defense". Before TCU entered the Big 12, Gary Patterson expressed energy and enthusiasm at the challenge of stopping Big 12 offenses. Now he knows - it's a beating.
Before 2012, TCU had given up 30 or more points in 11 of its previous 91 games.
Since the start of the 2012 season, TCU has allowed 30 or more points 11 times in 30 games.
Some of this is scoring increase is as a result of playing against Big 12 opponents, and the dramatically improved level of the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs.
"Everybody has a good skill set," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said this week.
Some of this is the emphasis on scoring that throughout college football. In 2006, there was one team that averaged more than 40 points per game - Hawaii, 46.9. In 2014, nine teams average more than 40 points per game.
And some of this as the youth that plays football today practices it 365 days a year, and are executing vertical offenses successfully earlier than every before.
The following are TCU's scoring defenses from this season to 2004, and nationally ranking.
2014: 23.0 ppg. (50th)
2013: 25.3 ppg. (54th)
2012: 22.62 ppg. (30th)
2011: 21.46 ppg. (28th)
2010: 12 ppg. (1st)
2009: 12.77 ppg. (6th)
2008: 11.31 ppg. (2nd)
2007: 18.7 ppg. (10th)
2006: 12.3 ppg. (3rd)
2005: 18.6 (15th)
2004: 33.2 ppg. (103rd)
I asked Patterson this week if he is inclined to change anything schematically after his team had given up 33 and 61 points in the previous two weeks.
"We do a lot of things to help ourselves. On two of the touchdowns (at Baylor), we were in a two-deep and the guy ran by," Patterson said. "It's more about how we are playing than what we play. We have to get better at what we do."
In 2012, TCU allowed an average of 22.6 points per game.
In 2013, TCU allowed an average of 25.2 points per game.
Those figures, which eight years ago would have given GP a heart attack, finished second and fifth, respectively, in the Big 12.
TCU is not playing the type of defense Patterson likes, but some of this is we have to change how we define a good defense.