TCU closing out first Big 12 season at home against Sooners



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Posted on November 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM

FORT WORTH -- The performance that TCU's 16 true freshmen have given the football team so far this season has painted a bright future for one of the two schools in the Big 12.

"The one good thing about playing all these guys we played at the end of the year; we're going to have a very good, clear picture of what we feel like we have to do before next season," said TCU head coach Gary Patterson. "You can't say we backed down from anybody."

After beating Texas in Austin on Thanksgiving, TCU will close out their Big 12 schedule by hosting Oklahoma.

Last week, the Sooners beat Oklahoma State for their fourth win in a row -- an emotional win in overtime that the Sooners have to put behind them in a hurry.

"It's hard to come back and be focused and be all into a game whenever you have these emotional games," said Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.

It's been 14 years since Oklahoma last played game in Fort Worth. The year was 1998. Gary Patterson was in his first season as a defensive coordinator here.

Now, as the head coach, he can sum up OU's return in one word.

"Awesome!" Patterson said. "It's great to have them here, Texas will be here next year -- again, that's what we said we wanted to do."

There is a mutual respect between Patterson and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.

"Gary is an excellent coach," Stoops said. "His guys play with great technique, discipline, all of that."

The players were also excited to see the Sooners with each team currently playing some of their best football of the year.

"Having them come into our house and having their momentum and our momentum come together, it’s going to be a great game," says TCU tight end Corey Fuller.

But that doesn't mean the Horned Frogs are going to be all handshakes and hugs once the teams take the field.

“It’s going to be a real hostile environment," said TCU cornerback Jason Varrett. "This is the last game. We want to get a win for the seniors, and we're going to be ready for them."

Oklahoma has more at stake in this game than TCU, since they're in the running for an at-large spot in the BCS Sugar Bowl. But a win would likely return TCU to the top 25 heading into bowl season.