Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Just in case the Frogs needed a distraction right now, two days before their season-defining game, it is now apparent that Ron Prince will be stepping down as head coach at Kansas State later today. The significance, which I'm sure is not lost on any of you, is that KSU is Gary Patterson's alma mater. Get ready, because Patterson's name is going to be #1 on their list, and most of what you hear from the national media is going to make you think he's leaving.
Don't fret, though, Patterson isn't going anywhere. He'll just use this as leverage to get more (deserved) money from TCU.
Ok not really scared, just the diet pills making me crazy. If we can convince an 8-months pregnant Frogs fan (Mrs. Conger) to come out of the safety of her home to watch the game with a bunch of drunk idiots as she sips water, I fully expect everyone to find a place to watch this game.
Biggest Game in MWC History - The Big Podcast
Two Thursday Night Victories in One Season? YES! WE! CAN!
SchultzHater: It’s here….the BCS tease, so close before, so close. We would have already been there had the rules been the same a couple years ago. The pain of watching Hawaii last year, the SMU game in 05, the Southern Miss game, all so painful.
So, the Tech/UT game should be wearing off by now and hopefully the country can focus on perhaps the most important TCU game since the inception of the BCS – that’s right, since the inception of the BCS – not in our history. I cringe when I read uneducated writers say this nonsense. We have 2 National Championships…….yes that would be more than Texas Tech, A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Missouri, need I go on? Did people forget we played a pretty decent conference for most of the last Century? It’s disgusting how that is so easily forgotten, but I really don’t want to get started on all that.
A note on the game in Lubbock – greatness, I was hoping for a Tech victory because they will lose to Oklahoma State or Oklahoma……and Texas would have probably won the national title this year – can you imagine the fallout from such an atrocity like this? I just threw up in my mouth with the thought of Wal-Mart selling another record number of burnt orange shirts and pink hats (with the longhorn on them of course).
We could also have looked forward to the occasional UT fan wearing burnt orange on Saturdays at Amon Carter……..I love those people (it’s a shame I have known some of them).
Side note: I have never liked Boise State, in fact I loathe the fact that they get so much recognition. If I were in charge of something, I would give them the death penalty for having that bullshit blue field. Seriously how is this allowed….
So, Utah is here, in its sold-out, blacked-out, hard to find on cable TV glory. It’s a shame we don’t get to play on ESPN, imagine all the entertainment we would get from seeing the Saturday “regulars” shamelessly plug our team all week long?
So, back to the game. Black shirts are scary. Fans in all black are too. The home team on Thursday night is worse (like 25-1 ATS this season or something stupid like that). Utah is good….but TCU is scary. That is the difference, Utah is a good, solid football team, but this year, in 2008…..TCU can be scary – that’s the variable. We will see the difference on Thursday. Since the injury the Rooster has been grade AA – but the defense could put on a show, that will be the difference.
If we come ready, Utah is going to have a rough day, most teams in the country would. If we start fast and hard, enter TCU as the new number #8 team in the country next week.
We have more talent, but talent won’t win you games (Dallas Cowboys). It’s a team sport and you’re not going to win big games unless you come to play. We slack off for 1 ½ quarters, we will lose this game. Utah is too good all around. But TCU is scary, and I’ll take this scary team with one loss any day of the week.
Prediction: TCU 31 Utah 17
Disciples of GP: I agree with you that the Frogs are scary, especially when they play with passion. This will be no easy test though. A short week and being back on the road makes this much tougher. Utah is a lot better than BYU. They might have a huge edge in special teams, which in big games is tough to overcome. Don’t let their close game last week fool you- all that means is these guys are looking ahead to us. Their whole stadium is going to be going crazy, and we have to come out firing early. I usually am not much into the numbers, but I think a few things are worth noting:
1st Rushing defense- 38.9 yds/game, #2 is Alabama with 65.56
1st Sacks per game with 38, Texas tied w/ Tulsa at #2 with 31
1st Tackles for loss with 85, next closest has 80
1st TOP with 34:46.00
2nd Total yards allowed/game with 214.5, #1 is USC (8 games, 211.6)
2nd Kick return game, 28.87 yard avg, #1 is Penn St. with 29.00 (.13 diff)
3rd Turnover margin, 1.5/game
3rd Scoring defense, giving up only 10.9/points a game
3rd Passes defended with 58
5th Fumbles recovered (7 way tie) with 12
5th 3rd down conversions % with 52.38%
7th INT's on the season with 12 (3 way tie), #1 has 14
9th Fumbles forced with 13
11th Rushing offense with 233.88 yds/game
14th 3-way tie for FG % with 86.7%
14th in sacks allowed, only 9
Where our opponents have ranked when playing us:
1st worst first downs a game, only 11.8
2nd worst red zone conversion % at 60%
3rd worst punt average with 35.62/yd avg
5th worst FG % at 50%
7th worst 3rd down conversion % 28.89%
Now the bad
109th PAT % rank, 1 spot behind TX Tech, out of 120 teams
120th Rank for penalty yards a game, last place, 83.7/yds game, 119th has 78.7
Notable players rankings:
Coleman ranked 8th (tied) for passes defended (12), Sanders tied at 14th (11)
J Kereley ranked 13th in punt return avg, with 13.88 yds
And lastly, but hardly least…..FROGZILLA aka Jerry Hughes (name credit to a certain person from Beaumont whose name rhymes with ooooozie):
1st for sacks with 14 (#2 has 11)
1st in TFL with 17
1st in fumbles forced (tied with 5)
I hesitate to even put individual player stats b/c they really can't capture what some of the biggest contributors to our team bring to the table week in and week out. For instance, "QB Executions" is not something that is statistically tracked (sorry Henson), nor is aerial body slamming receivers (sorry Hodge). Maybe we should though. We definitely need a "QB Injury" counter on SpitBlood (seriously, I’m not kidding). I know we all take this for granted, but I sometimes think GP is a mad scientist that somehow managed to merge a pack of rabid Serengeti lions with some WMD's and a Cupacabre to create a bunch of blood thirsty savages we call our defense. We absolutely dominate. Henson, S. Colman, Hodge, J-Hughes, J-Phil, Mr. Panfil, Moore, Vess, D-Wash...I could go on all day about our D and each of its components, but you already know how good these guys are and how week in and week out they make Mortal Combat finishing moves look pussy. Rest assured if the O keeps playing the way it is, we'll be seeing names like AD, Hicks, LTX (Luxury Tax), etc high in the rankings soon too (by the way, AB and Regan, this week wouldn’t be a bad one for a huge breakout game)…
That's right though….breath…..I encourage everyone to read back thru those numbers and try to comprehend the caliber of football we have the privilege to watch every single week. Keep in mind those aren't conference rankings, those are NATIONAL rankings. Now forget them. Because while the numbers are staggeringly great, they aren't going to mean anything come Thurs night unless we show up on both sides of the football. It’s prison cell rules- there’s an A team and a B team and you definitely don’t want to be on the B team. We have to be the aggressor both offensively and defensively- attacking like deranged maniacs. Play like we have nothing to lose. This is a Thurs game in enemy territory, tough back to back travel on a short week, undefeated Utah and their fan nation hyped out of their minds…nobody said it would be easy. Conference titles and shots at a BCS birth will not be given, they must be taken…..taken with the type of violent blunt force trauma that is our hallmark.
Now some questions-
Disciples of GP: How is it that the presidential election is getting more publicity from the major networks than the upcoming TCU/Utah game? Is this just another example of media bias? A BCS conspiracy perhaps??
SchultzHater: Yeah the damn BCS controls the media who controls the sports networks, news networks, local networks, and your mom’s hair salon. Election???? Is Gary running??? Welcome b. Obama to the throne, just don’t take my money or guns, I tend to cling to them.
Disciples of GP: According to a study based on prescription claims from a mail-order pharmaceutical provider, Utah ranked first in antidepressant and narcotic painkiller use. Does this mean even people who live in Utah can’t stand it?
SchultzHater: The pharm companies got this one right. Everyone in America can appreciate a way out, legal prescription drugs are the 21st century. The accepted way of elevating yourself to that altered state of mind that so many desire….and this of course is especially true in Utah, outside of meth labs I am not sure that you can find a decent street drug, much less a doctor that is willing to prescribe you some Oxycotton in full months supply. Utah just might have been the pharm companies testing ground. For example: it’s Wednesday night - your husband has 3 wives and your night with him was on Monday. So you’re doped up on antidepressants 6 nights a week and painkillers on Monday to numb you from the fact that yes, this is your life……
Disciples of GP: Utah ranks 47th in teenage pregnancy, last in percentage of births out of wedlock, last in number of abortions per capita, and last in percentage of teen pregnancies terminated in abortion. Do you think these statistics are artificially low due to teenagers going out of state because of parental notification requirements or do you think Utah is just the hardest place in the world to get laid?
SchultzHater: I don’t think this would have anything to do with getting laid, but I would have to ask, where does Utah rank on teen suicides? Outside of this, the simple fear of being hanged in the town square for pre-marital sex should be enough to scare most of the teen mommies out of state.
Disciples of GP: Better Utah representative- Roseanne Barr or the Lafferty Brothers?
SchultzHater: Roseanne admitted to being a whore recently…..like as in she accepted money for sex, she also succeeded in possibly having the world’s trashiest TV show for years, a show that was single handedly responsible for lowering the country’s average IQ and moral standards to all time lows. And she continues to not give a fuck about anything……all things considered….I would rather make love to Roseanne than see UT win the national championship this year………… but thank god I don’t have to worry about either anymore.
Gary Patterson’s focus has TCU Horned Frogs on brink of a great season ~FWST
Utah football: Speed kills, matchup features two of league's fastest teams ~Salt Lake Tribune
TCU at Utah Point Spread Odds, Betting Trends & Injuries ~The Spread
TCU Horned Frogs at Utah Utes Odds - College Football Betting ~Vegas Sports Odds
Most compelling story lines of the week ~ESPN
Patterson: History out the window as Frogs ready to face Utes ~TCU Daily Skiff
Other coaches give their thoughts on Utah-TCU ~Salt Lake Tribune Blog
Utah Utes football: Team, fans ready for 'blackout' game vs. TCU ~Deseret News
Utah Utes football: TCU's defense, speed a concern for Utes ~Deseret News
TCU coach likes team's chances Thursday ~KSLTV Salt Lake City
Utah and TCU put BCS dreams on the line Thursday ~Lindy's Sports
Fearless Prediction: Utah - TCU ~Fox Sports (Video)
Phillips Discusses Utah ~Rivals (Video)