TCU coach Gary Patterson has had three full weekends off in the past year. That’s the demands of a major college football coach with the season, recruiting or doing some sort of speaking or fundraising engagement.
So, yes, Patterson has a lot of respect and admiration for Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who is still doing the job at age 79.
“You have to applaud him,” Patterson said. “You have to admire a man that it’s what has been his life. K-State has been his life. As an alumni, you have to appreciate his efforts to what he’s done not only for the university, but for that city, for that state. You have to applaud him for all the above.”
At 58, does Patterson envision himself doing this job in 21 years? Of course, Patterson deflected.
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“I didn’t say that … I’m trying to win three or four more ballgames here by December,” Patterson said. “That’s what my short-term goals are.”
With that being said, here’s everything you need to know going into Saturday’s game –
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth
TV: FS1 (Cory Provus, Ben Leber)
Radio: WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM, Sirius 111, XM 199 (Brian Estridge, John Denton, Landry Burdine)
Spanish Radio: KFZO 99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos)
The line: TCU by 7 1/2 (over/under 48)
Attending the game
Tickets: Available starting at $60 ($45 for groups of 20 or more). May be purchased on school’s website or at the Parrish Family Athletics Ticket Office in Schollmaier Arena beginning at 9:30 a.m. through halftime on Saturday.
Gates: Open at 12:30 p.m. Fans entering the east side of the stadium are encouraged to arrive early to avoid long lines at the gates. Gates 7 and 9 are closed due to construction. Fans are encouraged to enter on the West or North sides of the stadium.
Parking: Lots open five hours before kickoff (9:30 a.m.). Free parking lots (that don’t allow tailgating) are located at McKinney Bible Church (4805 Arborlawn Drive, 929 spots) and Travis Avenue Baptist Church (800 W Berry Street, 450 spots) with shuttle service beginning three hours prior to kickoff.
Ride share (Uber, Lyft, etc): Pick up and drop off is at the corner of Wabash Avenue and McPherson Avenue, northeast of the stadium.
Taxis are allowed to pick up and drop off at the corner of Stadium Drive and Bellaire Drive North, southeast of the stadium.
Frog Alley: Has moved because of the east-side stadium construction. It’s now in front of Schollmaier Arena.
Frog Alley is open three hours before kickoff (11:30 a.m.) with the team arriving for the “Frog Walk” 2.5 hours before (noon). The marching band will perform one hour before kickoff (1:30 p.m.).
What to wear: TCU fans sitting on the west side (press box side) are encouraged to wear purple apparel. Fans sitting on the east side (student section) are encouraged to wear white.
Did you know?
TCU holds a 6-5 all-time series lead over K-State. The first meeting was in 1922, a 45-0 K-State victory in Manhattan, Kan. ... Gary Patterson, a 1983 graduate of Kansas State, is 3-3 all-time against his alma mater. ... TCU is 38-15 in regular-season games following a loss under Patterson. ... TCU has never lost four consecutive games under Patterson. The last four-game losing streak happened in 1998. ... TCU is 20-1 when it leads in time of possession over the last four seasons.
They said it
“I don’t think about those things until the season is concluded. I have answered that question a thousand times the same way.” -- Kansas State coach Bill Snyder on if he’ll retire
“For us, you’ve got ot keep your eyes up, keep climbing. We talk about it all the time. Going into this week, that’s no different.” -- TCU coach Gary Patterson on mindset following three consecutive losses
Both TCU and K-State are reeling and dealing with injuries. But the Frogs return home and have had a less trying week than when they dealt with the KaVontae Turpin turmoil going into Kansas. It might not be pretty, but there’s no such thing as a “bad” win for TCU at this point.
TCU 24, K-State 20.