Gary Patterson touts TCU’s playoff resume, but winning matters more than anything

Gary Patterson said he’s not concerned about where his team lands in next week’s College Football Playoff rankings, but he was still subtly lobbying for TCU on Tuesday.

The Horned Frogs are No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 with the first CFP committee rankings coming out next week. Patterson said at his weekly press conference the rankings “won’t make any difference if we don’t win” against Iowa State on Saturday. However, he quickly followed that up by touting the difficulty of TCU’s schedule so far.

“If this team can work through and navigate this season with no [losses] or one loss … and playing on the road in the places we have to play, the things you have to do, would truly be an amazing feat by this group, to be honest with you,” Patterson said. “Because it’s hard to do.”

Advanced statistics seem to agree. The Frogs are ranked No. 2 in ESPN’s strength of record (SOR) metric. According to ESPN, an averaged ranked team would have a 14 percent chance of achieving TCU’s current 7-0 record against the Frogs’ schedule so far. Only Georgia’s SOR is better.

Patterson pointed to road games at Oklahoma State and Kansas State as tough tests for his team so far this season. He lamented the fact that after his team was picked to get upset by the Wildcats, no one seemed to give the Frogs credit for actually winning. The Frogs have two more games against current ranked opponents left on the schedule: at Iowa State this week and at Oklahoma on Nov. 11.

Ultimately, the Frogs likely control their own fate. In three years, the playoff committee has yet to exclude an undefeated Power 5 conference champion. Some may not believe TCU can achieve that, but Patterson likes that.

“The best thing we can do is control our destiny and just win out,” Patterson said. “But everything I read, the odds aren’t in our favor. And I read it because it fuels my fire of trying to prove y’all wrong.”

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