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TCU football coach Gary Patterson was a guest on Thursday’s “MetroNews Statewide Sportsline” as his team prepared for Saturday’s game against West Virginia and quarterback Geno Smith.

“I’ve watched Geno Smith over the majority of his career and he’s obviously a very talented young man,” Patterson said. “He can throw it all over the place, and for us, we know we have quite a task defending a guy that’s been a Heisman candidate and is in his senior year. We know we have to work hard and we have to play every series.”

The game, of course, was originally set to be a Big East matchup, before both teams were accepted into the Big 12.

“It just goes to show you how our business is,” Patterson said. “As soon as you think it’s one way, it’s always changing.

“We’ve had an opportunity to climb the mountain and have finally gotten into a conference that’s very highly recognized. We both have to keep moving forward to get better as programs, shoot to win it and get back to a national championship and BCS games. I wish them a lot of luck.”

Garrett Cullen on Twitter: @GarrettCullen

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