FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU football’s surprisingly-hot start to the 2017 season may feel familiar to many Horned Frogs fans. Head coach Gary Patterson, however, isn’t looking back down memory lane.
Patterson said on Tuesday that he hasn’t compared this year’s team to the 2014 TCU football team – which also began the year 4-0 after being unranked in the preseason.
“I haven’t (compared),” Patterson said. “Different kids, different people, different times. The only thing that I think is the same is that we were both picked sixth (in the Big 12 standings).”
TCU (4-0) has risen to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 rankings after being unranked in the preseason. The Horned Frogs were propelled by an upset road win over then-No. 6 Oklahoma State in Week 4.
The 2014 season featured a similar narrative for TCU in Week 4, as the Horned Frogs upset then-No. 4 Oklahoma to improve to 4-0. TCU finished the regular season 11-1, with the lone loss coming to Baylor one week after the win over the Sooners.
Patterson said that both the 2014 team and the 2017 team have a “toughness to them.”
Defense has been a common denominator among both teams. The Horned Frogs held their opponents 10 points or less six times in 2014. That feat has already been accomplished twice by TCU this season through four games, in addition to holding Oklahoma State to a season-low 31 points.
The Horned Frogs face their second-consecutive ranked opponent on Saturday when the No. 23 West Virginia Mountaineers visit Fort Worth. Kickoff for the top-25 matchup is set for 2:30 p.m. CT at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
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