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TCU coach Gary Patterson was asked about whether TCU and other non-BCS teams could compete in some of the bigger conferences. Patterson was quick to point out TCU's non-conference schedule.
"Through the years, we've played Texas, Oklahoma. This year we went to Clemson, which is a hard place to play," said Patterson on his weekly conference call Tuesday afternoon. "I've never felt like it did you any good to talk up your team. You have to talk on the field, but we've been highly competitive and I think we'll be there in years to come with whoever we play."
Patterson added that critics need to look at how well many of the top non-BCS teams have played against BCS conference opponents the last few years. He also said TCU is going to continue to play good teams, like Oklahoma and Virginia in 2012 and LSU in future schedules.
"We haven't backed down from anybody," Patterson said. "We try to schedule home-and-homes and a lot of school will say, 'You can come to our place.'"
The Aggies had plenty of issues on punt returns in Saturday's loss to Oklahoma, including an inability to field the ball cleanly. Two fumbles set up Sooner scores in a 65-10 rout.
"Well, the errors that we've had the last couple of weeks, which have certainly been monstrous in how they've played out in the ball game, we've got to make sure that those are solved," Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said at his Monday news conference. "We definitely will put extra emphasis ... on that part of the game. That is very important."
Texas A&M had freshman Kenric McNeal return punts in practice last week, and Sherman said they'll do that again this week.
"I look at punt returning as one of the toughest jobs in football," Sherman said. "You have to want to do it. And you have to be somewhat crazy to want to do it. And you have to be very courageous, make great decisions. I think a fumbled punt, other than an interception returned for a touchdown -- or any turnover returned for a touchdown -- is probably one of more deciding factors in football games, because field position changes so dramatically."
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was asked about Patriots coach Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the New England 28-yard line. The Patriots were six points ahead with just over two minutes left in the game. The Patriots ended up losing by one to Indianapolis.
"I didn't see it," Leach said. "I don't know the situation. It probably was a good call. The people closest to the situation made the call. ... If Belichick and his staff cared what I thought or anybody else thought about it, we would have been asked earlier in the week or asked to their meetings. Our opinion would have been considered and evaluated.
"They didn't care what we thought. They didn't ask us as they shouldn't care. I would doubt that they regret going for it. They may have wished they called a different play or executed differently. I doubt they regret doing it."
Texas coach Mack Brown was asked Monday about the possibility of playing TCU and declined to deal in hypotheticals, saying his team was focused on Kansas. But he did have high praise for TCU coach Gary Patterson.
"Gary Patterson has done as good a job of coaching as anybody in the country," Brown said. "They do a tremendous job recruiting and they coach and they've been as consistent as anybody in America."
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Monday that he expects quarterback Zac Robinson to be able to practice this week and play in Thursday's game with Colorado.
Robinson was hit hard by Texas Tech's Jamar Wall late in last Saturday's game, and it was feared he had suffered a concussion.
"As of now, we're expecting him to play," Gundy said.
Gundy also talked to the media Sunday and said Robinson had tests done and was "very responsive." Robinson also had ice on his shoulder.
"We want to do what's best for him first," Gundy said Sunday. "If he's not ready to play then we're not going to play him. Just sitting him because of the opponent we're playing, we're not in a position to do that, especially with a guy that means as much as he does to our football team. We want to do what's best for him and his future. Then we'll do what's best for the team next."
Oklahoma State defensive back Perrish Cox, from Waco, was named Big 12 defensive player of the week for his performance in the Cowboys' 24-17 win over Texas Tech.
Cox had two interceptions, broke up three passes and had four tackles, including one for a loss. Cox leads the nation in passes defended and is a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award.
"He's done a great job for us," OSU coach Mike Gundy said on his Monday conference call. "He's been terrific in the secondary and is always a threat in the return game. He's been a leader for us and helped bring our young players along."
Missouri receiver Denario Alexander (from Marlin, Texas) was offensive player of the week, and Kansas State kicker Josh Cherry was special teams player of the week.
Texas Tech announced Monday that any former or current military personnel can get a complimentary ticket in the north end zone for Saturday's game against Oklahoma.
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Tank Carder, a sophomore linebacker at TCU, was named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week. He had an interception return for a touchdown in TCU's 55-28 win over Utah. Carder also had nine tackles, including one for a loss. Carder's touchdown came early in the second quarter, when he jumped in front of Utah freshman quarterback Jordan Wynn's pass and ran it 15 yards to the end zone. That gave TCU a 35-7 lead.
Mack Brown said Sunday that he was pleased with the Baylor victory, adding that it was especially beneficial for getting some young players on the field.
"That is so important for us in continuing to build and develop the depth in our program," Brown said.
Brown said he still saw plenty of things on film the Longhorns need to improve.
"We can finish better and still haven't played our best for 60 minutes," Brown said. "We're happy with where we are and really enjoying coaching these kids and watching them play. We're really happy to be 10-0, but even more excited with the enthusiasm and passion the guys continue to play with every week."
Brown said the focus has shifted to Kansas. That game, in Austin, kicks off at 7 p.m. and is on ABC nationally.
They mean that not much has changed, to be honest. The top-8 teams are exactly the same as they were a week ago. Texas remains No. 3, with TCU gaining little ground on them overall. The Longhorns appear poised to play in the national title game against the winner of the SEC championship. Florida and Alabama are stil Nos. 1 and 2.
TCU did manage to extend its lead on Cincinnati as more poll voters took notice of the Horned Frogs' 55-28 win over previously No. 14 Utah. But the Bearcats could still leapfrog TCU at the end of the season depending on the polls and computers. Cincinnati still has a road game at Pittsburgh, which jumped from No. 12 to No. 8 in the BCS standings this week. TCU's remaining schedule includes a road game at 5-5 Wyoming on Saturday and a home game with winless New Mexico. So they can't really add to their resume any more.
But finishing ahead of Cincinnati only matters to TCU if Texas slips up and opens the door for a possible championship game appearance for someone ranked just below them. Otherwise, TCU needs to finish ahead of Boise State to earn the automatic BCS bid and the Frogs are comfortably in front, two spots up.
TCU remains fourth in the Harris poll, but picked up a first-place vote after Saturday's win over Utah.
The Frogs are 130 points ahead of fifth-place Cincinnati.
Florida is No. 1, followed by Texas and Alabama.
Oklahoma State is 13th.
Florida, Alabama and Texas reamin ahead of TCU in the same order.
Oklahoma State made a huge jump from 17th to 12th. The Cowboys are the only other Big 12 team in the top-25 besides Texas.
Some general thoughts on Saturday's regional games (I welcome yours):
FORT WORTH, Texas -- As the fourth quarter winds down, TCU is in total control up 55-21. The Frogs have made quite a statement.
It's been a complete effort for the Frogs, as the offense has piled up more than 400 total yards and the defense has made enough plays to keep the Utes at a distance.
TCU, No. 4 in the BCS, faces Wyoming on the road next week. They could clinch at least a share of the Mountain West Conference championship with a win.
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