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Iowa State coach recalls pregame conversation with Patterson about TCU’s playoff chances

TCU coach Gary Patterson and Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads visit before their game last season.
TCU coach Gary Patterson and Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads visit before their game last season. Star-Telegram

TCU coach Gary Patterson has been clear about how he believed that his Horned Frogs wouldn’t make the inaugural College Football Playoff before they kicked off their season finale against Iowa State.

On Tuesday, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads recalled the conversation he had with Patterson before TCU’s 55-3 rout.

“I said something to the effect of, ‘If we’re not able to win this game and get out of here, good luck in the playoff,’” Rhoads said. “I truly expected them to go and he was quick to say, ‘I don’t think we’re going to get in.’”

The prediction surprised Rhoads. At the time, he couldn’t see any way how a team sitting third in the nation could drop out of the top four after what would be a blowout win, he said.

“I watched the last week unfold,” Rhoads said. “I still don’t understand the explanation I got on the rankings. They come out in that particular set as No. 3 and end up with a score that most people would say was a blowout against us.”

TCU finished sixth in the final College Football Playoff, a spot behind Baylor, which beat TCU 61-58 in Waco. Rhoads said he thought TCU should have been in the playoff.

“I thought, at the time, they were the best team in our league in that point in December, but he had a deep-down feeling that it wasn’t going to happen for them,” Rhoads said.

Travis L. Brown can be reached at tbrown7137@gmail.com and on Twitter @Travis_L_Brown.

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