Of all the Mountain West coaches, I think TCU coach Gary Patterson is the one who shows Air Force the most respect. He talks often about the Falcons, and how his team prepares for Air Force going all the way back to spring practices. It’s a bit unusual that a coach who has been to consecutive BCS bowls spends so much time worrying about Air Force, although that’s a nice compliment to Troy Calhoun and his staff.
So when the TCU opener got pushed back a day, it isn’t too surprising Patterson thought about Air Force. The Horned Frogs play at Air Force the second week of the season. That’s a tough assignment for a TCU team that loses a lot of talented players from an undefeated squad, including quarterback Andy Dalton. A conspiracy theorist could see that bit of scheduling as the conference not doing any favors for a team that is leaving the conference in 2012.
But playing Baylor to open the season on a Friday instead of a Saturday should work in TCU’s favor. At least Patterson thinks so.
“It gives us an extra day to get ready for Air Force,” Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.