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What’s best for the Big 12? ‘Oklahoma to win,’ TCU’s Patterson says

TCU coach Gary Patterson, pictured during the Horned Frogs’ Nov. 18 game at Texas Tech, acknowledged this week the benefit of an Oklahoma win in the Big 12 championship for the league.
TCU coach Gary Patterson, pictured during the Horned Frogs’ Nov. 18 game at Texas Tech, acknowledged this week the benefit of an Oklahoma win in the Big 12 championship for the league. AP

TCU coach Gary Patterson agrees with the general consensus — his team has little to no shot of reaching the College Football Playoff.

The predictions website fivethirtyeight.com puts the Horned Frogs’ chances at 7 percent.

“No, I don’t think so,” Patterson said Tuesday at his midweek press conference. “2014, I thought we were inside the top three. But this one, with the injuries and everything we have, I’m not sure that’s the case.”

He also knows what would be best for the Big 12.

“Probably the best [thing] for the Big 12 is Oklahoma to win,” he said.

But the Frogs know what would be best for them — winning the league title Saturday against the Sooners at AT&T Stadium and landing in a New Year’s Six bowl game, if not the CFP. With a loss, TCU is more likely headed for the Alamo Bowl, but no worse.

“I’m a business guy, too,” Patterson said. “But I have an obligation to TCU to try to win the ballgame, period. That’s what my job is. And I owe that to my players, the recruits, their families, everybody that buys a ticket to do that. Period.”

The TCU Horned Frogs head coach said his team was not in the wrong during the warm-up line incident at Oklahoma.

Patterson did joke a little, however, about the scenario, considering Oklahoma ran away with a 38-20 victory in the teams’ first meeting.

“It’s a good thing you asked that question, so if it gets out of hand, say he just did it ... ,” Patterson said with a smile and shrug.

But he left the joking there. The Frogs are seven-point underdogs in the 11:30 a.m. kickoff.

“I’m too much of a competitor for that, just so we all know,” he said.

Besides, after 2014, Patterson is right to believe anything can happen.

“It is what it is. You’ve got to remember I was the one that went from 3 to 6, so for me to feel sorry for somebody else, you’re talking to the wrong person here,” Patterson said, referencing to the 2014-15 season when TCU fell three spots in the polls just before dominating No. 9 Ole Miss, 42-3, in the Peach Bowl.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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