Monday, September 29, 2008
Let's also say that BYU and Utah are both undefeated going into their games against us. By October 16th, BYU, who currently sits 8th, will still be in the top 10 as the four SEC teams in the top 10 will probably have beaten each other up by this point (Georgia lost to Bama this weekend and Florida lost to Ole Miss and dropped out, and will also have played LSU by this point) and the four Big 12 teams will have done likewise (Texas will have played Oklahoma and plays Missouri the same week we play BYU). Also, 9th ranked Wisconsin lost to Michigan this weekend and dropped out, but still has to play Penn State, who is currently #6. So there you have at least 4-5 teams that have or likely will be kicked out, thus making it possible for OU to jump anywhere from 5-8, depending on how the teams behind them do. This is assuming they are able to hold off Utah State and New Mexico in the meantime, but given UNM and Utah State are both terrible – and UNM losing their starting QB on top of that - I think this is going to be a relatively easy accomplishment. Best case scenario: the Cougars are ranked 5th or 6th when they come to FW.
Utah will have to win their remaining non conference match up against Oregon State and then beat Wyoming and Colorado State to remain in the rankings, which should be accomplished easily. Utah is currently ranked 15th and with the above mentioned teams moving around, could potentially move up to maybe 12th or 13th in three weeks when we play BYU. However, let’s take this a step beyond BYU week. Utah would only have to win at New Mexico after that before we play in Salt Lake on the 6th of November. With the subsequent BYU loss, that bumps Utah up a spot to 14th. At this point, Texas will have played Oklahoma and Texas Tech which opens up two more spots in the top 15, moving Utah up to 12th or 13th. LSU will have played Georgia and Alabama so let’s presume at least one of those teams is still top 10 at the time. That may open up another spot, bumping Utah to 11th or 12th. ALSO, Wisconsin, Ohio State AND Penn State will have all played each other by now. Adding more to this, Georgia and Florida will have also played, so, as the SEC continues to beat one another up, that could even open up another spot moving Utah anywhere from probably 7th – 12th. Got all that? Best case scenario: Utah is ranked 7th – 10th when we go to Salt Lake City.
Now, in order for main question I want to ask, we have to win out. We have to beat BYU and Utah, both on short weeks, and with Utah coming on the road. Hell, we even have to win at UNLV, which is not going to be a cake walk. We also have to hope that BYU wins out after the loss in FW (UNLV, CSU, SDSU and Air Force. No easy task. Not.) and that Utah beats San Diego State the week following our game (easy task). We then will have to hope the higher ranked team in Holy War wins because that will help our SOS (likely BYU). With only San Diego State and Colorado State on the schedule between now and the BYU game, we will likely not be ranked that Thursday night, but a win over a top 10 ranked BYU team should move us back in, probably somewhere in the lower 20s, especially since our only loss is to a top ranked OU team. Assuming we beat Wyoming the following week and UNLV the week after, I think we could probably be a little higher than where Utah is now, in the 17-20 range. So that would create a potential 17-20 vs 7-10 matchup with Utah. Winning there, we would probably slide up a few spots in the rankings, maybe to 13-14. With the bye week and then a win vs. Air Force in the last week of the season, not to mention Alabama and Auburn having to play each other at season’s end (one of them will definitely be in the top 15 mix)…well, things could really go pretty well for the Frogs.
So, I guess the point of this whole thing is to give everyone optimism even though we just lost and to demonstrate how, if things were to fall correctly, we would definitely be back in the rankings and could potentially grab that final BCS spot. What do you guys think?
Bad football weekend all around, worst of all from our Frogs. Poorly executed game on all sides, except for our still solid run defense and, ironically, the kicking game, and we never had any inkling of a chance to win this game. After OU made very, very short work of our secondary on their first drive, it looked like it was going to be a miserably long game... until Aaron Brown came to the rescue on the return... before running out of gas/our coverage man pushed the defender into him. Unfortunately that was the lone bright spot of the entire game for the Frogs. The drive went for -4 yards and not getting a TD killed us, especially as they drove down the field on the next drive and quickly made it 14-3. After Manuel Johnson pushed the game to 21-3 at the end of the first, the collective TCU optimism quickly faded. As bucknasty mentioned, why Aaron Brown didn't get a chance to put up some big runs, we'll never know. EVERYONE in our section was very, very bothered by this. The general idea I got was that everyone, the coaching staff included, was just scared. Now, I'm not going to sit here and act like better coaching would've won this game... OU is a great, great football team and very deserving of the #1 ranking at least for now, but COME ON!! It's not like we're some shabby football team like A&M or Baylor who comes into a game expecting to lose. Dalton looked terrible and I really hope he didn't get hurt. Keeping him in the game at the end when it was remarkably obvious we had no hope of pulling the game within reach was a worthless decision by the coaching staff. We couldn't run the ball (2.9 avg.) and, as mentioned, Brown only had 7 carries. Jimmy Young had another 100 yard receiving performance, but that was about the only positive thing. And, as mentioned, the play calling. Fuck me to tears, Schultz. The Kerley fail play on 4th and 2 was one of the most poorly called and executed plays I have ever seen, even by Schultz standards. Also, penalties. Holy crap. We had 12 to their 4, which some were deserved, but that skew has to make you wonder. Oh yeah, what about the beautiful officiating???? How can they review the Bart Johnson catch and NOT overturn it??!?!?!? And the touchback that somehow ended up at the 2... Good lord.
Other than that though, not a terrible time. The Killer Frogs bus ended up being a bit of a blessing and a curse; a blessing because leaving the game to realize that I didn't have to drive myself home was an extremely positive thing, a curse because getting sick on a charter bus bathroom after 5 road hours with 50 people relieving themselves is one of the more humiliating experiences one can go through. Did a little tailgating with some FW OU people beforehand at a house right near the stadium where they served us "stew." Pretty sure this had a large affect on my sickness as it was a large vat of brown water with some vegetables and meat thrown in that I would later notice was in the firing line for the bug spray we were coating ourselves with. Great turnout in sections 40 and 36, even though walking up 72 rows each time I went back to my seat was brutal. Fortunately WWHD, Redbarron, lt4heisman, lyle lanley, and supersweet commandeered a block of seats about 20 rows down where we grouped up once the game turned sour. I figure if we're going to yell offensive redneck comments, strength in numbers is the best policy. Regardless of the outcome, we all had a pretty decent time at the game and I don't think any of us regret going. Anyway, now with the Fail...
Offense. D-. For red zone attempts. Ten points. Four turnovers. Whew. Now, I'm not going to get too into everything regarding what went wrong. Part of it was the passing game (Dalton 16-39 for 212 yards and 1 INT) as well as Jackson (0-2, 1 INT). Dalton was short arming passes and just generally looked like he was playing scared. Lots of poor throws. Too many poor throws. Another part of it would be the running game (102 net yards on 35 attempts. A whopping 2.9 yards per carry). Joseph Turner (14-56) scored a throwaway TD that was more for pride than anything, but that was the only bright spot, and also came after he fumbled the ball in OU territory. Dalton rushed 11 times for 43 yards, which was about 11 more times than we needed him to rush against this team. Those QB draws work against teams like Stanford and SFA... against the best team in the country, that's not the place. Receivers were ok, with Jimmy Young pulling in six passes for 111 yards, but numbers can be deceiving. The truth is, our offense never put us in a good rhythm to win and a lot of that can be attibuted to...
Defense. A+, F------------------------. Just to start on a high note, the A+ is for our run defense. 25 net yards on 36 attempts which adds up to a 0.7 average. We also sacked Bradford 4 times, when he'd only been sacked once total all year. Great job guys, but unfortunately OU has one of the best passing games in college football. The F minuses? Total passing yards: 411. FOUR HUNDRED AND ELEVEN!!!!!! Maybe Bradford was channeling the winds and using smoke signals to beat our defensive backs, but my oh my! Yeah, the kid is good and yeah the OU receivers are really big and really fast... but wow. It's not like we're running out a bunch of first year guys in the secondary.. in fact, even though they're the weakest part of our D (this isn't a bad thing though when you consider our front seven), these guys have done great this year. Heck, our defensive front even put some pressure on Bradford, ... but, the fact is, these guys just got beat. OU seemed to have the correct plays drawn up at almost all times (the underneath screen pass to Johnson was beautiful) and we just didnt' have the personnel to match up. 411 yards though... lord. Our offense, which has been good, hasn't done anything like that all year overall. Again, giving credit where credit is due though, that's your #1 team in the country and a Top 3 Heisman candidate QB and we've never gone up against anything like that in my years as a fan. Sanders (don't trip!), Coleman, Henson, and Hughes seven a piece followed by Hodge, Tejay and Washington with 6, including 2 for losses for Hodge. Washington, Hodge, Phillips and Wayne Daniel also recorded a sack a piece. Jason Phillips also had five tackles. However, when you tackle someone when they've gained 30 yards, it kind of negates the stats. Also, having this game be the one where there were no turnovers forced was poor timing.
Special Teams - A. For once, the special teams actually outshined everything else, but they sure had some chances. Combs averaged 61.7 yards per kickoff, but no touchbacks. Anson Kelton, whose leg probably feels like it's about to fall off today, had 6 punts averaging 43.2 yards a piece, but put 5 of those inside the 20. We averaged 30 yards per kickoff return, with a lot of that being attributed to the 75 yard Brown return. Kerley had 4 punt returns for 34 yards, but one of those was a 26 yarder, so that only gives an 8.5 average. Seriously, this guy is going to break one eventually, right? Evans connected on his only field goal attempt (32), making him nearly perfect on the year. When your best grade for your team after a loss is for special teams... well, guess that means it's time to move on.
Overall. Tough one to watch, but I don't think many people expected us to go up there and whip them like we did last time. The fact is, these guys were 110% ready for us and we were nowhere near ready for them. I hate how that we actually had a legit chance to make a BCS bowl this year (more on that in a later post...) and we end up drawing the #1 team in the country at their place in the week we break into the top 25. Tough luck. I was talking with lyle yesterday about how we really had no business playing these guys this year and how it sucks that when we do play BCS teams a lot of the time we draw the big dogs at their place (UT, Oklahoma, Nebraska). Terrifying to think we've got LSU and Oklahoma coming up on the schedule within the next 5 years. Why can't we get an Oklahoma State, Colorado, or a Kansas State? Someone get on this. Regardless, fun time in Norman which was very unexpected... their fan base was surprisingly hospitable and well mannered although I think a lot of that is due to the game never being close and the fact that they focus the entirety of their hatred on UT (we have more in common than I thought.) Non-conference loss to the top team in the country and lots of games left, including a likely top 10 squad coming to our place, and top 15 at theirs. Have to shore up that pass D before October 16, but I feel good about winning this one. I really do.
Currently sitting #32 in the AP poll and #33 in the coaches. Tough odds, but not insurmountable. Plan on giving an overall picture of our chances later today as well as a Top 25 analysis later in the week.
Game Ball. Not sure if you give out a game ball in a loss... but I guess it'd go to.... uhhh.... WWHD for his 430 AM message to me in which he was insisiting that he was not going to leave Norman without taking/stealing a souveneir and went on to describe said souveneir (very indescernible, still not sure what it was) then let out an obscenity filled description of Norman, Oklahoma. I hope you succeeded in your mission and I look forward to speaking with you about it later.
Other Games of Interest.
Wacky Saturday of football, eh?
Oregon State 27, former #1USC 21. Pete Carroll's chi is going to be so out of sorts right now. Totally not stoked.
#2Alabama 41, #11 Georgia 30. Helps BYU into top 10. Does not help Good vs. Evil winning ratio.
Maryland 20, Clemson 17. Only interesting because it knocked another top 25 team out which helps us later. Clemson is below us in both polls.
Ole Miss 31, #12Florida 30. Aaaahahaha. Helps because it moves BYU into top 10. Nutt has his requisite win over a team he had no business beating. Now, back to obscurity.
Michigan 27, #18Wisconsin 25. Moves up both BYU and Utah, helping our strength of schedule. Also, with Utah beating Mich, this helps even more.
Houston 41, East Carolina 24. Reality check! Same result for us as Maryland/Clemson.
Wyoming 16, Bowling Green 45. Ouch. Somebody's gonna get real fired.
Colorado State 7, California 42. Poor CSU. At least Ft. Collins has the New Belgium brewery.
New Mexico 35, New Mexico State 24. UNM got the win, but it looks like they may have lost Rodney Ferguson for a while. These guys weren't going to make any post season or conference noise, but tough loss.
San Diego State 45, Idaho 17. Yaaayyyy!!! SDSU got a win!!!!
#15Utah 37, Weber State 21. A little close, Utah. A little close.
UNLV 27, Nevada 49. Interestingly enough, our bus actually got the mtn. so we got to watch this game on the way home. Lots of grumbling about how a bus in Oklahoma can get the mtn. but so few people in DFW can get it in their homes.
Next Week. San Diego State. We usually beat them by a lot. Joseph Turner loves playing these guys. The coaching staff and the team will be fired up after this past week's loss and SDSU will be fired up after getting a big win. Ironically, Chuck Long was previously the OC at Oklahoma and runs a similar offense, so that's something to think about. Regardless, pretty sure this one's in the bag as they don't run it anywhere near to the perfection of OU. Dalton, assuming he isn't hurt (according to GP, he sat out practice yesterday but will be fine Saturday), will want to come out firing and prove that last week's performance was an anomaly. Maybe Schultz will get his head out of his ass and give AB some real carries. Maybe Dalton will get his first passing TD. Maybe our secondary will get off the team bus. Anyway, I think we take this one. Big.
The Pick: TCU 45, SDSU 10.
I'll be back with the report in two weeks as I committed long ago to head up to Fayetteville to catch the Arkansas/Florida game. Yes, yes I know this makes me a questionable fan, but I figure if I'm going to miss a game, it may as well be a sure win against the Aztecs.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
My hatred for Schultz has grown even stronger after enduring last nights pathetic showing from our offense. There is no damn reason why Aaron Brown should only have four carries the whole first half against a team he beat his freshman year. Brown ended up only carrying the ball 7 times after being the offensive MVP last week. On the other hand we ran our quarterback 11 times. Does it seem like something is wrong here with the play calling and personel selection for our plays? Our offense gave up the ball four times last night and basically didnt look like they were prepared at all. Im to the point where Patterson really needs to do something about Schultz or Im going to start turning against GP. I love the guy, but shit he needs to slap the shit out of Schultz and tell him to get his head out of his ass. They beat the spread by 7 points and embarassed us. Fuck it im out, Fire Mike Schultz.
Friday, September 26, 2008
TCU 31, Oklahoma 30: I'm foolishly calling the upset here even though I know this is a huge mountain for TCU to climb especially against a Sooners' team that is at home and has had two weeks to prepare. Oh, and don't forget pretty angry about the last meeting in Norman. So yeah, the chips are stacked against the Horned Frogs, but I think they'll make a good showing. And I'm not going to challenge the big-game coaching ability of Gary Patterson. He's won a ton of them in his career.
Well, looks like it'll be #24 vs. #1 this weekend when we head to Norman. In the midst of all the spying/2005 business, I think it was pretty certain that OU wasn't going to take us lightly, especially with a bye week before, but now that we see how vulnerable just about any team is on any day, and the fact that they'll be carrying the #1 ranking, they'll be firing on all cylinders even more. I only watched the end of this game, as I wasn't about to let it preempt Always Sunny, but REALLY USC? Oregon State is bad. Oregon State is really bad. They lost to Stanford. They got MURDERED by Penn State (who actually might be the team to beat in the Big Televen). I love how all the sports writers were talking about how it's going to be a fight for second for who gets to play USC in Miami in January... looks like it won't matter. Honestly, even if USC had won out, I don't see HOW you could put them over 2 potentially undefeated teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, but as the BCS is politics as usual, you never know. Hopefully this will inspire our guys to come out with even more intensity than usual and realize that the perceived better team doesn't always win. Also. TCU beat Stanford who beat OSU who beat USC... so TCU #1? Something to think about. Purple Pansy, what do you think?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
That said the Horned Frogs certainly have a shot Saturday, but will need to play an outstanding game. TCU has done somethings they must continue and some that will kill our chances Saturday. In my opinion, those things are:
Can't continue to:
TCU has always been highly penalized, it's something a team that plays with the Frog's emotion has to deal with. Can't afford it in this game though, we are currently 5th (8.75 per game) in the country in penalties per game and 9th in yards penalized (76.0 yards per game)
Suffer special teams gaff
These are game killers, our special teams must be better. No long punt/kick returns, no botched punts, penalties fit in here too.
Squander big plays
This one is pretty simple, don't drop touchdown passes. This also means that we must score when any opportunity: field position, turnovers etc, presents its self.
Must continue to:
TCU has forced just over three turnovers per game witch leads the nation. In a game of this magnitude turnovers will be crucial. A win in the turnover category will go along way towards producing a win in the game.
Control time of possession
Currently ranked #1 in the country in time of possession averaging 37 minutes and 13 seconds of ball time per game, the Frogs will need to own the clock in order to have a chance in this one. As good as our defense is, we can not afford to have them on the field for the majority of the game. Think back to losses last year
The Frogs are currently #4 (9.0 per game) in the country in terms of tackles for a loss and #8 (3.25 per game) in sacks. These numbers will have to stay high in order to keep Oklahoma's 7th ranked passing attack in check.
If the Frogs manage these things they will be in it at the end with a chance to knock-off the #2 team in the country. Spit Blood!
Oklahoma to test TCU's defense at home USA Today
Who will be the first ti blink? Houston Chronicle
MWC: TCU has opportunity vs. OU Salt Lake Tribune
DFW college football team are on the road this week Pegasus News
TCU at Oklahoma football betting odds BetFirms.com
A non-BCS team in the national championship? ESPN
Power rankings Doc's Sports
This Week's Opponent
Last time TCU visited Norman Norman Transcript
TCU coach's 'spying ploy' may backfire Tulsa World
Is TCU the strongest defense Oklahoma will face? Crimson and Cream Machine
TCU game week video coverage SoonerSports.com
What they're writing Tulsa World
Big 12 predictions ESPN
OU won't croak vs Frogs again New York Post
Bradford could feel the pressure Saturday Oklahoman
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Five biggest wins TCU wins in Gary Patterson era Star-Telegram
Patterson discusses Sooners at weekly news conference GoFrogs.com
Horned Frogs hope to hop past mighty Sooners The Sports Network
No. 1 defense No. 1 offense to face off Saturday at OU Daily Skiff
TCU brings one of nation's top defenses to face OU KTUL
Frogs pickup basketball commitment Star-Telegram
This Week's Opponent
What is TCU had joined the Big 12? Oklahoman
Oklahoma: '05 loss to TCU isn't main motivating factor Star-Telegram
Stoops tries to keep Sooners out of spygate hubbub AP
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
#23 TCU to face #2 OU in Norman Saturday GoFrogs.com
SI ranks MWC 4th best conference KUTV
MWC supremacy? ESPN
This Week's Opponent
Stoops ready for rematch Austin American-Statesman
Oklahoma DE Alexander won't return for TCU game Dallas Morning News
Stoops today: He's reminded Sooners about TCU loss in 2005 Tulsa World
Oklahoma braces for TCU Columbia Oklahoman
Spy Game Oklahoman
Sportsnation Poll ESPN
Monday, September 22, 2008
Pass Efficiency D....#4
Tackles For a Loss...#3
Time Of Possession..#1
Sooners, Horned Frogs provide interesting match up Dallas Morning News
DFW football follow-up: TCU beats SMU Pegasus News
MWC has three in top 25 for first time Salt Lake Tribune
MWC news and notes The Sports Network
Non-BCS power rankings ESPN
Little guys in some lofty company Chicago Sun-Times
This Week's Opponent
Horned Frog fans already eying Sooners Oklahoman
OU football: breaking down TCU Oklahoman
Sooner offense cruising so far Tulsa World
Weekley's antics brought lighthearted feeling to U.S. at Ryder Cup -ESPN
"After whuppin' Euro behind, Weekley celebrated as only he can. He galloped around slapping hands with fans, then joined in the champagne-spraying celebration behind the clubhouse. When he reported to the postevent news conference, the lapel of his suit coat was up and he was double-fisting beers. "
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Rankings per ESPN
Friday, September 19, 2008
To borrow a quote from Billy Madison: "Now you're all in big, big trouble"
Here's the "official" website
I'm not a huge fan of this celebratory day. Don't get me wrong, I love pirates, but I think it should be International Act Like a Pirate Day. Talking like one merely scratches the surface to the many beautiful aspects of daily pirate life. So, drink rum, rape (but ask her first), and pillage your pirate asses off tonight.
SMU, TCU quarterbacks toss around accolades Dallas Morning News
Mountain West ready to rumble Dallas Morning News
College football's potential breakthrough teams San Francisco Chronicle
Uniforms games of the week Star-Telegram
-never seen an article like this before
SMU news and notes Dallas Morning News
SMU a bye week for TCU? SMU Daily Campus
Mustangs look for rivalry win SMU Daily Campus
Thursday, September 18, 2008
1. Shit like this. These two girls, who are probably from somewhere like Florida or New York, have likely never been to an SMU game, yet they don these shirts when the superior team from the West comes to town. TCU's been to 9 bowl games in the past 10 years...SMU hasn't been to ONE since 1984. I would say put that in your pipe and smoke it, but I hear kids at SMU are more into nose drugs...
2. Their obsession with wanting to be Ole Miss. "The Boulevard" is a cheap, cheap imitation of The Grove in Oxford, their fans dress up for football games, and under Phil Bennett they even changed their uniforms to look EXACTLY like the Rebels'. Just a tip, Ponies, if you're going to model yourself after another program, you might want to pick one that has won a conference championship more recently than 1963...
3. The way they always remind you of the way it used to be, when SMU dominated TCU. Yes, you beat up on us in the '80s...because you were paying your players!
4. The way they use the Death Penalty as an excuse. Here we are 20 years after the fact, and they still say the reason they can't win is because of the Death Penalty. It might be that, or it might be because you've hired coach after coach that is completely inept.
5. "June Cometh" and the media's obsession with it. Every time SMU hired a new coach, the media is all over their nuts because the new guy is "definitely the guy to turn this program around." They said that with Mike Cavan, they said that with Bennett. So now because Jones' gimmick offense was able to beat up on WAC teams and I-AA teams last year, this automatically makes SMU a contender? The Dallas Morning News' headline the day after the Ponies' win over I-AA Texas State (in which the Bobcats scored 36 points and actually out-gained SMU) read "SMU Magical in Win". MAGICAL? Get real, Patterson's Defense has squashed Jones' offense twice already.
6. Because as much as we complain about TCU's fanbase, they are much, much worse. At your average SMU home game, there are more people sitting in the luxury suites than there are in the stands. And while a lot of our fans might stay out at the tailgate during the game, their tailgates shut down when the game stars...and everyone goes home!
7. They have a soccer team instead of a baseball team. I think that speaks for itself.
Please, feel free to add to this list...
MWC coaches make case for BCS Salt Lake Tribune
Evans still kickin' it at TCU Austin American-Statesman
TCU defense getting help from acclaimed ends Dallas Morning News
College football power rankings Doc's Sports
This Week's Opponent
SMU's Martin hopes it's like old times against TCU Dallas Morning News
SMU vs TCU the Iron Skillet watch Dallas Morning News
Q&A with Pony Stampede's James Bryant Scout
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
...or for anyone who wants to be entertained by the shit show that was the Dallas Cowboys in the 90s. Best-selling author from New York Jeff Pearlman has a new book on the 1990s Cowboys that comes out today. Check out the write up on Kissing Suzy Kolber to just get a taste of some of the "gems" found in the tell all book.
Patterson discusses SMU GoFrogs.com
Patterson impressed with SMU offense Dallas Morning News
Coach prepared for TCU-SMU rivalry Daily Skiff
Mountain West wallops Pac-10 AP
Why the MWC should or shouldn't have an automatic bid ESPN
TCU men's golf team finished second at Kansas Invitations Star-Telegram
Mountain West feels like king of the hill USA Today
Around the Mountain West USA Today
Area college enrollment figures set records Star-Telegram
This Week's Opponent
SMU's Jones staying positive despite start Scout
Defense shows improvement against Texas Tech Red Raiders SMU Daily Campus
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Here's how things shake out after week three. There was not much movement in the overall standings, with Buff still holding on strong to the top spot. However, as the games each week improve with tougher decisions regarding conference match ups, I expect things to start shaking up.
Congratulations to the week's top performer going a perfect 10-0: Bucknasty.
Remember to get your picks in for this week. I'm not going to rip on the 6-4 performances because I am giving you the benefit of the doubt in assuming that you simply forgot to submit your picks.
TCU's Panfil shares MWC honor Star-Telegram
MWC throws down hammer against the Pac-10 ESPN
MWC news and notes Sports Network
Allowing drinking at student tailgate safer Daily Skiff
Ranking the conferences Atlanta Journal Constitution
Coach watch 2008 Seatle Post Intelligencer
Updated conference rankings ESPN
Non-BCS, independents rankings ESPN
TCU-OU kickoff set ESPN
Moving MWC into BCS title picture Yahoo News
TCU and SMU to battle for Iron Skillet GoFrogs.com
Strong non-BCS teams boost the stake for "big boys" Salt Lake Tribune
This week's opponent
SMU sticking with starting Bo Levi Mitchell Dallas Morning News
More growing pains for Mitchell SMU Daily Campus
Monday, September 15, 2008
TCU defensive end Matt Panfil has been named the Mountain West Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Horned Frogs' 31-14 victory over Stanford.
Panfil shares the award with New Mexico cornerback Glover Quin.
A senior from North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Panfil posted four tackles for a loss with two sacks. He also had a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass break-up. He totaled five stops in the game.
Panfil was instrumental in the Frogs' limiting Stanford to 193 yards of offense. The Cardinal did not have a successful third-down conversion until the fourth quarter.
Panfil is tied for third nationally with his team-best seven tackles for a loss on the season. He also ranks 11th in the country with his TCU-high 3.5 sacks.
It's the second time in three weeks that a TCU defensive end has received the MWC's weekly honor. Jerry Hughes was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week after the season-opening 26-3 win at New Mexico.
San Diego State 10 San Jose State 35 - Thanks a lot, Aztecs. Montezuma's revenge, indeed.