It's no secret that TCU coach Gary Patterson studies his opponents extensively, including reading press reports each morning. He has kept a watchful eye on season-opening opponent Baylor since the spring.
"We know this, when a team plays with hatred, which they are, then you have a caged animal," Patterson said of the Bears. "You have to go in and take the ballgame."
TCU humiliated Baylor 45-10 at Amon G. Carter Stadium last year and has won the last three meetings between the private schools.
Patterson said Baylor players signed posters at a Meet the Bears event last week with "Beat TCU."
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"We get online, we see what's being said," Patterson said. "You don't hear anything from us."
Besides Patterson, of course. TCU has limited access to players before previous games against in-state rivals, such as Baylor and SMU, and Patterson closed practice for the past week to keep unfriendly eyes from scouting his team. But Patterson doesn't hesitate to get his hands on footage and reports coming from Baylor. He has a copy of the Bears' spring game and reads daily reports coming from Waco camp.
"Their spring game was on TV," he said. "They let their own media people take pictures of practice and put it on online. We have TCU people in Waco."
Patterson keeps his spring game low-profile.
"Asks Bobby Stoops," said Patterson, who scouted a copy of Oklahoma's spring game in 2005 before the Frogs beat the Sooners 17-10 in the season opener later that year in Norman, Okla. "If you're going to put your game on TV... " Patterson said, letting the rest speak for itself.
In 2008, Oklahoma didn't televise its spring game before playing TCU. The Sooners won 35-10.
Jeff Olson has moved from right tackle to left tackle, Gary Patterson said after Tuesday's closed practice. Robert Deck, who had been a tight end until moving to the line before camp opened Aug. 4, has moved to right tackle.
Olson worked at left tackle some in the spring but has primarily worked on the right side this August. "We knew we were going to make that move. We were trying to grow people up," Patterson said.
"Two goals: I like my house and like to make that payment. No. 2, my goal every year is to make that season the best for the seniors."
-- Coach Gary Patterson on this year's goals after a 13-0 season and a Rose Bowl win