Gary Patterson: Big 12 defense critics don’t have to face Bedlam offenses

FORT WORTH, Texas — Oklahoma and Oklahoma State played one of the highest-scoring game of the Big 12 season, a 62-52 battle in Stillwater, Okla. However, TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn’t think it affected Big 12 defensive perception at all.

“Everybody should have to play those two offenses, to be honest,” Patterson said. “Then they’d find out.”

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State rank No. 1 and No. 2 nationally in yards per game. In addition to playing Big 12 opponents, the two programs also torched Ohio State and Pitt respectively in nonconference play.

The Sooner State teams have been historically good offensively the past few seasons. That includes in bowl competition last season, when both teams won games against great defensive opponents.

“What was the score of Oklahoma State-Colorado last year? What was the score of Oklahoma-Auburn? They’re both good programs and both [Big 12 teams] won,” Patterson said.

For the record, Oklahoma State dominated No. 10 Colorado 38-8 and Oklahoma beat No. 14 Auburn 35-19. Both had among the nation’s best defenses going into the games.

Patterson sees that level of performance as good for the conference, and eventually good for TCU as well.

“You’ve got to. If you don’t root for everyone else in the conference, you’re making a drastic mistake for the simple reason of that’s how we’re going to be judged,” Patterson said.

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