Frogs look to shine in spotlight

With a 6-0 record so far this season, the Horned Frog football team heads to Provo, Utah to square off against nationally-ranked Brigham Young University. They face off against the Cougars Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The upcoming game has received attention on the national level because of both teams’ high poll standings. The Cougars are currently ranked No. 16 in the AP poll with a 6-1 record.

Both teams head into the weekend undefeated in the Mountain West Conference.

ESPN’s College Football GameDay will be broadcasting this weekend from Provo, bringing additional national coverage to the game.

In the 2008 season, the Horned Frogs defeated BYU 32-7, removing them from consideration as Bowl Championship Series contenders. With TCU in a similar position this year, head coach Gary Patterson said the team is preparing for a grudge match with BYU.

The Cougars are ranked sixth nationally in scoring, and second in pass efficiency.

On offense, junior running back Harvey Unga leads BYU with 575 net rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2009 .

Senior quarterback Max Hall leads BYU in passing with 152 completed passes out of 219 attempts. This season Hall has already thrown for 2069 yards and 16 touchdowns.

“I call them a precision offense,” Patterson said. “They are always on the attack.”

He also said BYU has strong players on both offense and defense this year.

On defense, junior defensive back Andrew Rich leads the Cougars in tackles with 41.

In the past 22 seasons, TCU and BYU have competed eight times. BYU holds the edge over the Horned Frogs with a 5-3 record.

Last year’s Frog victory against BYU ended the Cougars’ 16-game winning streak. It was the longest winning streak in college football at the time.

Going into Saturday’s game, Patterson said that the team is more focused on winning than on their hopes of remaining a BCS-busting candidate.

“You can have a lot more conversation … if it turns out well at BYU,” Patterson said regarding the BCS. “Then you’ve achieved what we need to achieve in the first seven ball games.”

He said that every team is different, and that this year’s team has proven they can handle tough competition.

“You’ve got to get ready for the games you are supposed to win, and the big games take care of themselves,” Patterson said.

He expressed the same sentiment heading into the Clemson game in week three.

Playing the Cougars in Provo will add another difficult dynamic for the Horned Frogs, Patterson said.

Patterson said that playing at home gives teams a greater advantage because they get to play with a full roster, which normally doesn’t travel on the road.

Junior quarterback Andy Dalton said that this game is just like any other and that each game counts as one. He did add that the atmosphere this weekend should be great, especially with the presence of ESPN College Football GameDay.

The game will be broadcast on the Versus HD channel.