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November 19, 2013

GOING DEEP: WVU, TCU with Big 12 blues

Moving up can bring you down.

West Virginia and TCU are finding that out as Utah did before them. Rutgers, Maryland and Louisville might want to take notice.

The Mountaineers and Horned Frogs, in their second seasons in the Big 12, have both had long bowl appearances streaks snapped this season.

TCU had played in the postseason the last eight seasons and 13 of the last 14. The Horned Frogs fell to 4-7 after losing 31-30 to Kansas State on a last-second field Saturday. TCU has this week off and then plays Baylor.

"This Baylor game is going to have to be our bowl game," Patterson said after the K-State game. "So that's the way we're going to approach it."

West Virginia had been to 11 straight bowls before having their hopes for a postseason invitation end in a most unlikely place. Kansas snapped its 27-game Big 12 winning streak against the Mountaineers on Saturday with a 31-19 victory.

"Nobody's happy with 4-7 and nobody's happy with being home for the holidays," coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We're building a program and the recruiting is going to continue to get better.

"We need to step up our game as a university and continue to build facilities to stay in line with everybody else across the country. We need to continue to build our roster. Need to continue to develop our kids and have Big 12-caliber depth at all positions."

Patterson has said he believes it will take a few years of recruiting for TCU to be able to match the depth of its Big 12 rivals.

Every team has injuries so that alone is no excuse for the woes of West Virginia and TCU, but both have had their depth severely tested. West Virginia went into the Kansas game with about a dozen key players sidelined.

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