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TCU's Gary Patterson Not Drinking BCS Kool-Aid Yet, Still Thirsty for More Wins

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs watches on during a 14-10 victory over the Clemson Tigers in their game at Memorial Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Pete MisthaufenAnalyst IOctober 15, 2009

Please do not mention the BCS to TCU head coach Gary Patterson. 

He does not want to hear about it.  He does not want to think about it.  And Patterson especially does not want his players to think about the BCS.

"I am not drinking that Kool-Aid!" is one typical statement from Patterson.

Patterson knows that TCU has two of its hardest remaining games over the next two weeks, as TCU hosts Colorado State this week and travels to BYU next week. 

After that, only a home matchup with Utah and a late November game at a revitalized Wyoming stand in the way of an undefeated regular season, as the three other opponents are at the bottom of the Mountain West Conference.

Patterson said "The competition is tough enough we don't have time to focus on the BCS.  Right now, we have all we want with the Rams of Colorado State."

Patterson also knows the dangers of having a team look ahead to the postseason, rather than focus on the next game. 

In 2003, the Frogs started off 10-0, with wins over Arizona, Vanderbilt, South Florida, Louisville, and Cincinnati and reached the No. 6 in the BCS standings before losing at SMU and costing the Frogs a chance at being the first BCS Buster.

In 2005, TCU took out Oklahoma on the road, only to lose the next week to SMU on the road.  TCU would not lose another game that season and finish just outside of a BCS spot.

In 2006, TCU defeated Texas Tech and jumped up the national rankings, only to have BYU come in the next week and dominate the Frogs. 

Even last year, the Frogs, in spite of an early season loss to Oklahoma, were on the verge of gaining a BCS berth after stopping Utah on the road for 59 minutes, before finding a way to lose. 

Patterson will use of these upsets to try and keep his team focused on the Rams and not on the idea of the BCS.

He also has a few other great examples of would-be BCS Busters from this season to help his team keep their focus.

After defeating Oklahoma in its season opener, BYU inexplicably fell at home to a very talented Florida State team that seems to find a way to lose almost every week.  BYU coaches and players have admitted that they failed to adequately focus and prepare for the Seminoles.

Houston, has defeated three BCS conference teams this year, including two on the road, but inexplicably fell to hapless UTEP.

And just this week, Boise State, coming off a bye week, struggled and barely survived against a Tulsa team that lost 45-0 to the Sooners who were lacking Sam Bradford.

Patterson knows that any team can rise up and pull off an upset against an unfocused team.  Thinking about the BCS destroys a team's focus as fast as anything.

So, keep that BCS Kool-Aid well away from TCU.  They want none of it, at least until they can get through the next few games.

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