SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Both TCU coach Gary Patterson and Boise State coach Chris Petersen were asked about a visit that Boise State's coaching staff made to TCU in Fort Worth during the off-season. Could it be an advantage?
"I think if we knew we were going to play each other, we probably wouldn't have had that meeting," Petersen said. "I really believe this, it wasn't on how to attack each other or how to attack their defense. It was more of a conversation between our defensive guys talking very specific technique, detail-type work that, you know, doesn't really have a whole lot to do with the influence of the outcome of this game."
Patterson doesn't believe the meeting has any impact on the game.
"I think we're both helped by it because that's what we do," Patterson said. "Most people think we're crazy anyway about how we do it. The only way I can help this profession is to go out and help people. Obviously, Boise and TCU didn't think they were going to play each other. Most of the time when yo ugo in and study somebody, as a general rule, you come out with about one idea because you know they have won, they have done what they needed to do. You are looking for about one idea that will make you better."
Patterson said it was probably his fault. He said Petersen called and asked for one coach to come down and Patterson told him to brin ghis whole staff.
"I believe that's how you do it so everybody gets on the same page," Patterson said. "That's what we ask when we go somewhere else to study what other people do. I think it is what makes the profession grow. It is going to help us maybe in this ballgame? Maybe not. But down the road, I think it does."