TCU coach Gary Patterson wondered aloud whether or not it’s worth playing a powerhouse school such as LSU in the season opener.Especially if losing to said team hurts you in the rankings.The Horned Frogs dropped four spots to No. 24 in both The Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ Top 25 rankings after losing to LSU 37-27.Meanwhile, other teams such as Baylor and Wisconsin moved up in the polls after rolling against inferior teams. Baylor, which wasn’t ranked in the preseason, moved into the AP poll at No. 23 after dismantling Wofford 69-3. Wisconsin moved up several spots to No. 21 after blanking Massachusetts 45-0.“We played LSU and they were ranked 12th and we dropped and there are other schools that basically played people that aren’t very good and scored a lot of points and they rise,” Patterson said. “So you tell me which is the best formula on how to do things?”But Texas’ 56-7 win over New Mexico State didn’t help the No. 15 Longhorns move up, mostly because the teams ahead of them all won except for Georgia, which dropped six spots to No. 11 after losing to fourth-ranked Clemson.Receiving leaderTCU has plenty of candidates to take over the wide receiver void left by Josh Boyce’s move to the NFL, but the first-game returns are inconclusive.Brandon Carter is the expected heir apparent. The former Euless Trinity star has already made big-time plays in his career, but struggled to hold on to the football against LSU. He fumbled twice, including on a kickoff return that set up an LSU field goal. “Somebody has got to decide to be the go-to wide receiver,” Gary Patterson said. “When it’s a big ballgame, I’m going to be the guy who’s going to step up and go play. I don’t believe we proved that in the ballgame on Saturday.”Patterson said he thinks Carter, the team’s top returning receiver, was too hyped for the LSU game and “because of that didn’t play very smart. You have to play within [yourself].” He finished with four catches for 44 yards to lead the team.LaDarius Brown and Cam White, two others expected to be big pieces of the receiving game, had no catches.QB rotationRight guard Eric Tausch said it was a good feeling to have quarterback Casey Pachall back in the huddle for the first time since last October, but he enjoys the versatility of having both Pachall and Trevone Boykin.“I don’t think we really missed a beat with both of them in there,” he said. “I love playing for both of them. I’m proud of both of them.”Their differing style doesn’t affect the offensive line, he said.“When Trevone gets a little tired we can put Casey in or vice versa and each one brings a different style of offense to the huddle, so it’s encouraging when you see either one of them in the huddle.”Quotable“A year ago, somebody asked how we’ll give all the tailbacks carries and by the third game we were starting our fourth tailback. We just had one ballgame. I think all three players at the top are good players and every week we’ll find out who has the hot hand and stay with them.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on running backs B.J. Catalon, Waymon James and Aaron Green sharing snaps. Catalon and James combined for 85 yards on 14 rushes against LSU. Green had none.
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