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"Take any season the last five years and tell me what the scores were," Patterson said. "People don't remember. All they care about is if you have a `W' or an `L'. At the time, it makes a difference, but right now for us, we're just finding a way to win."
One score that Patterson remembers is Utah's 13-10 victory last season that cost TCU the Mountain West title in a season when its only other loss was to Oklahoma, which lost to Florida in the BCS title game.
TCU was No. 7 in the final poll last season after a 17-16 victory over Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Frogs were 17th in the preseason poll this year, moved up a spot by their opener Sept. 12 and kept advancing until this week.
"Who knows whether we're where we're supposed to be," Patterson said. "If we would have started 65th, we wouldn't be that high right now. But we didn't."
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