Gary Patterson: If you want to win championships...

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TCU is predicted to finish second in the Mountain West Conference behind Boise State. 

If the Horned Frogs are going to win another championship, head coach Gary Patterson says they’ll win it with 2’s and 3’s. 

Patterson explained, “We brought in five freshman safeties and we have three redshirt safeties so we have a lot of talent to pick from.” 

"If you want to win championships you're going to win it with 2’s and 3’s. Everybody loses a starter. So how well do you develop your team from the ground up?" 

"That's been one of the secrets to our success." 

If the Frogs are to repeat as MWC champions, they'll have to do so without five players that were selected in the NFL draft. Patterson, however, was one of just twenty-five head coaches to keep his staff completely intact during the off-season.

The list of programs without an assistant coaching change this off-season include Arkansas, Army, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, East Carolina, FAU, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, LA Tech, Missouri, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio, Oregon, Penn State, USF, TCU, Texas A&M, Troy, Virginia, and Washington.

TCU opens at Air Force. A week later, the Frogs will play at Baylor. The showdown with Boise State is on the blue turf in the middle of November.