The upcoming Horned Frog football game against Baylor University will be heavy with emotions because of the in-state rivalry, head coach Gary Patterson said in TCU’s weekly media luncheon and press conference Tuesday.
“It’s three hours you’ve got to hate each other because that’s the way the game is,” Patterson said.
He said the game reminded him of the Southwest Conference that TCU and Baylor used to play in. The conference disbanded after the 1995 season.
Patterson said he thought Baylor had more confidence as a team this year under the leadership of sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin. Griffin passed for over 2,000 yards and rushed for 843 more in 2008 before missing the majority of the 2009 season with an injury.
Griffin won the Big 12 outdoor championships in the 400-meter hurdles as a freshman and was named a Track & Field All-American, according to Baylor’s athletics website.
“He has world-class speed, so you have to worry about that,” Patterson said. “He can throw the football around and he makes good decisions.”
Patterson compared Griffin to former University of Utah quarterback Brian Johnson, Utah’s winningest quarterback in the school’s history. He said he thought Baylor was a fast team full of players that could run well with receivers who could make good plays after catching the ball.
“Any time you get a team like that you have to worry about when you get them in one-on-ones,” Patterson said.
The series between the two teams is tied at 49-49-7 all-time. TCU won the last meeting 27-0 in the opening game of the 2007 season. TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, a redshirt freshman at the time, passed for 205 yards and a touchdown.