Upcoming game against Baylor may be pivotal, Patterson says

Four days before the season’s opening game against Baylor, head football coach Gary Patterson talked about what it would take for the Frogs to pull out a win.Patterson talked for a half hour and answered questions from local media affiliates about Saturday’s showdown at Amon G. Carter Stadium during the first media luncheon of the season Tuesday at the John Justin Athletic Center.

“You never know what kind of football team you have until you see them play that first Saturday,” Patterson said.

Patterson talked about the preparation leading up to Saturday and what it would take for the Frogs to pull out a win.

“I always write a page out how I think the season needs to go,” Patterson said. “I think this year I wrote two pages. One one way and one the other, because you know you’re going in with an inexperienced quarterback no matter how you do it.”

Patterson said the week two match-up against the University of Texas is not more important than any other game on the schedule.

“If you’re going to win 10 or 11 ball games, you’ve got to treat every one as one and they’ve got to be important,” Patterson said.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Andy Dalton, who will take the first snaps of his college career Saturday, can be a key to the Horned Frog offense if he is able to manage the tempo, Patterson said.

Patterson said the first game against Baylor is going to be one of the most important games of the season. The fact that the game is at home was not exactly an advantage in Patterson’s opinion.

“Every time we’ve opened on the road, we’ve had great games,” Patterson said.

Matching the success of the past two seasons is about whether the team can remain hungry, Patterson said, and whether the team wants to continue its winning ways.