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Patterson says committee needs no help picking top four teams

With more teams than spots available in the College Football Playoff, it might help to campaign.

But TCU coach Gary Patterson said that would be a mistake.

“The committee is made up of people. They don’t need people to talk badly about them,” he said Monday in his conference call with reporters. “There’s some guys on that committee who have won a lot of football games and understand what good football is.”

The Horned Frogs, who began the week at No. 5 in the playoff rankings, appear poised to take advantage of No. 4 Mississippi State’s loss last week.

But Patterson isn’t going to come out and say so. He said the 12 members of the selection committee, who meet every Monday and Tuesday in Irving, don’t need him telling them how to do their job.

“I think everybody can watch the film,” he said. “Those guys that are on the committee are going to watch it. They’re going to be able to tell what you do.”

The Horned Frogs, who won at Texas 48-10 on Thanksgiving night, close the season on Saturday against Iowa State while the teams closest to them — Ohio State and Baylor — play better competition. But Patterson won’t try to make up the difference on the scoreboard.

“We’re going to try to win the football game,” he said. “That’s the most important thing. I don’t think you can do any more than that. Again, I think it’s still about what kind of football team you have. Obviously, to others it makes a difference, but what’s a good enough win to win? I don’t think that you would have to go out and above your way to score 20, 28 more points to show that you’re a good football team.”

The Horned Frogs, who have one of the highest-scoring offenses in the country, scored 82 points in a game this year. But Patterson said he didn’t want the last touchdown in that game against Texas Tech.

“I just think you’ve got to do what’s right,” he said. “A lot of these kids you’ve recruited. ... It’s a long journey. You’re going to have to play other people, and some day you’re not going to have as old a team or as mature a team as we’ve had this year; you’re going to be younger. How would you like to be treated? So you’ve just got to go win.”

Kansas lesson

Patterson said the Horned Frogs learned a lesson from the game against Kansas in which they had to rally for a 34-30 win, and it applies to Saturday’s game against underdog Iowa State.

“We have a lot on the line, they have nothing to lose,” he said. “One of the lessons we learned from the KU ballgame is understanding you’re playing somebody desperate to do something. Our guys, if they haven’t figured it out, I can’t teach them any more because it’s right there in front of them.”

Patterson said he expects the Frogs to play well at home because they have played well at home all year.

“Senior Day, I expect a big crowd,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to at least tie for a conference championship. There’s a lot on the line. If they can’t feel what they’re trying to get accomplished, I’d be really surprised. But if Sunday’s practice is any indication, they’re going to be ready to go.”

No less value

Patterson remains in favor of sharing the conference championship, which the Big 12 coaches have voted for, and said it would mean no less than an outright championship.

“We all sit in the same boat,” he said. “In different conferences, we’ve shared conference championships before. I didn’t think, ‘Well, it’s lesser because I shared it with you.’ You were still the conference champion. To me, you won a lot more ballgames than you lost.”

If the Horned Frogs win Saturday, they would share the title with the Kansas State-Baylor winner.

Meacham in finals

Doug Meacham, co-offensive coordinator at TCU, is among the five finalists for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.

Other finalists are Lane Kiffin of top-ranked Alabama, Scott Frost of third-ranked Oregon, Tom Herman of sixth-ranked Ohio State, and Missouri’s Dave Steckel.

Dawson honored

Linebacker Paul Dawson was named the Big 12 defensive player of the week after recording 10 tackles an an interception against Texas.

He made the tackle on five of Texas’ first eight plays. He was also the conference defensive player of the week after the Oklahoma game.

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