Thursday, November 20, 2008

Acctually, I Hope This Guy Does the Flyby

If he isn't in jail....

Frog Talk / Ask a Frog: The F-16 Game

Thoughts on the frogs?

Disciples of GP: What can I say? The last 2 wks off following “that which shall never be spoken of again” has been tough. I’ve consulted 5 different shrinks, 2 ministers, and a homeless man dressed as a wizard. All said the same thing: “you’re not going to find solace in the drugs, booze, and the occasional game of Russian Roulette that you continue to search for answers in, you must acknowledge what happened and talk about it” So, much like a rape victim, I will try to do that. We lost to Utah. There I said it. We lost to a team that we dominated and would beat 9 out of 10 times handily. We had 2 missed FG’s and were twice sacked on 3rd down taking us out of FG range. Trade us their cyborg kicker (who can make those longer range FG’s) and the game is ours 24-7, probably 24-0. Losing that way, in that big of a game, with everything at stake, well that is about as bad as it gets. I can’t really find a lot of fault outside of the obvious special teams (and a fairly stagnant offense), because we absolutely are a better team and we played better until we hit some sort of rift in the natural universal order of things when we ran into a team on “their night.” You know what I’m talking about. Everyone here has played and watched enough sports to know that twisting feeling you get in your gut indicating it’s a team’s “night.” Sometimes it’s not clear until after the game, often watching a team you’re very emotionally invested in blurs your ability to see it, but this was one of those “the stars aren’t aligned, the ball isn’t bouncing our way, it just isn’t your MOTHER FUCKING night” type games. Sorry, but after going all the way to Utah to watch the universe conspire against me, I needed to get that out…I feel a little better, but not really. I now look at the BCS and wonder the possibilities- will Org St. win out enabling the Pac-10 two teams in the BCS? A Pac 10 we have dominated. Which 7-3 team- #22 North Carolina, #25 Maryland, or #23 Miami will be the ACC’s representative? What about the Big East, will it be the winner of #19 Cincy and #20 Pitt this wk that decides their rep? Maybe Missouri ends up wining the Big 12 and we can see the following 10 BCS teams this year:

Big 12: Missouri and TTU/OU/UT
SEC: Winner of AL/FL
Pac 10: Org St and USC
Big 10: Peeeeen State
ACC: North Carolina/Maryland/Miami
Big East: Cincy/Pitt
At large: AL/FL loser or Ohio St
At large: Non BCS Utah, Boise, or WTF BYU???

Not likely it plays out like this- but mark my words 60-70% of teams that end up going to a BCS bowl this year couldn’t hold this Frog team’s jock. Terrible. It’s not so much the BCS that bothers me though. I think we have a team that can play with just about anybody and I want to see them go to a bowl to face an opponent that will allow the seniors to showcase how good they really are. Regardless of whatever money the bowl we end up going to decides to throw at us- I’d vote to play in the Southwestern Tijuana County Chiclet PiƱata Stuffers Union Dot Com Bowl if you told me we could play a good top tier team. BCS and money all aside- I want to play someone besides a #8 Pac 10 team in any bowl that would accommodate it. Why you ask??? Because THEY deserve it. Not us the fans, nor dare I say the administration- but for them. They’re better than that. This senior class deserves the chance to show how good they really are.

As far as the G-Pa situation goes, obviously I hope he stays. Hearing that fake announcement was without a doubt a low point of my life. He “fits” in Fort Worth. Fort Worth isn’t the kind of town that needs, respects, or desires a “slick” talking fly-by-night coach. Fort Worth embraces its past, and is proud of its heritage- kind of like GP who plays a speed driven modern day version of old school smash mouth football and who has dedicated a decade of his career to building a program at TCU. A man who is more concerned about the kids and coaching the game than with looking good on TV at half time or preparing for his next job interview. He’s a defensive genius and a proven winner who has shown he can recruit, develop, and coach talent. Our program’s trajectory is pointing straight up between momentum, recruits, and facilities we have both built and are about to build. The MWC has proven itself to be the #3 conference in the country this year, and hopefully can continue to build on that.

If GP does go, I do understand and I will hope the best for him. I think if he did leave, whoever ended up with him would be getting not only a great football mind, but also a great person. I can only hope that the school administration does whatever is necessary to keep him. I think every TCU fan and maybe even Fort Worth to a certain extent owes him some gratitude. He has given the town and the school a lot throughout his tenure, and it’s reaching the point to where he’ll have to decide between leaving for any number of lucrative higher profile jobs or finishing the game…finishing the game and truly becoming TCU’s G-Pa by completing what he’s been building for over a decade. Finishing the game in something that no doubt ends with his statue outside the stadium and his name ensconced in record books and trophy cases.

I will be at the Air Force game from kickoff until those seniors leave the home field for the last time. These guys have given the fans and the university a hell of a lot in their 4 years at TCU and deserve to be properly honored. I will stand in the stadium until the last one has left the field, and pay my respects to them and our coach, G-Pa. Some say our guys won’t be up for this game. Some say G-Pa is probably gone after this year. I am but a simple fan with only history and passion as my compass, both of which lead me to Section X of Amon G Carter Stadium at 2:30 this coming Saturday, where I will remain until we finish the game.

“You remember the stories John use to tell us about the three Chinamen playing Fantan? This guy runs up to them and says, "Hey, the world's coming to an end!" and the first one says, "Well, I best go to the mission and pray," and the second one says, "Well, hell, I'm gonna go and buy me a case of Mescal and six whores," and the third one says "Well, I'm gonna finish the game."........ I shall finish the game, Doc. –Billy the Kid

SchultzHater: My Status on November 20th, 2008

It happens every year for me. The point in every frog season where I have to sign off. Good bye. I need to consider my health. Depression kills you know.

I know this feeling – kind of like a break-up…but one of those where you’re pretty sure you just might be getting back together soon, you just don’t know when…..

So life is getting slowly less sports-internet dominated…I am working a little more now and I seem to be a little more interested in my nieces and nephews soccer games. I have blocked certain sports sites…yep, I blocked ESPN from my computer. College Football is dead to me.

I am only going to give one reason I am feeling this low and only because I am so painfully reminded of this today……

#1 Our Bowl tie-ins suck dick.

I am through with the Fort Worth Bowl, the Poinsettia, and all the rest of the shit bowls we get to play in every year against the 5th and 6th best team from a BCS conference – or even better – a good non-bcs team. A 6-6 Baylor team gets to play in a better bowl game than us….

So about the game, yep that one…..

No details on the game, but everyone saw it, we threw the game away and there is only one place to put blame…sorry GPa, this is your best team and you blew it by allowing so many mistakes (we are one of the most penalized teams in college football). The mediocrity on offense and bad special teams sealed the deal. I don’t believe that it was “their” night, we didn’t put them away, it could have been ours. It wouldn’t be as painful if we weren’t soooo much better than Utah.

Question: Take the top 5 teams in football today, would ANY of these teams put a punt returner on the field that can’t run? Would any of these teams be happy about winning by 1 point? The Florida’s and the Oklahoma’s don’t stop until they’re up by 50.

On a lighter note, I got some great news…I have officially figured out Shultz and I feel bad for bashing him in the past, the poor guy has bi-polar disorder – and he needs to stay on his medication during games….

Side Note: BYU will beat Utah. I am going to bet the farm on the Cougs in that one, it’s my lock of the year (so far I am 2-5 on my ‘locks of the year”)

Another side note: All said and done, I do appreciate the fact that GPa is a real coach in a world where a head coach resembles a CEO far too often.

So next year Frogs, next year, I cannot WAIT for the awesome home games our administration has put together. Did you hear SW Texas State is coming to town? How about smu or the tough Cowboys from Wyoming…….I’m so excited…….way to give your fans some excitement…..fucking idiots…

I will be there Saturday, mostly because the players deserve a good crowd. They are top 10 football team this year and should have another chance to show how good they are in a bowl game that has less than 4 words.

Same game fans, same game. The good news is that we should be excited about the future…….yeah…..another 9 months till the 2009 season….

Dear coach GPa,

Go ahead and leave if you have to, I will still be appreciative of what you have accomplished in your 8 years. But I am going to warn you……you won’t be happier somewhere else. If you do leave for a big time BCS program, understand that they will skin you alive after one season with Shultz. And the people that hired you will FORCE you to fire him or they will fire you.

Also, the control over just about everything else in your program won’t even be close to what you have now.

TCU has been good to you and has watched you mature into a great coach over time. You’re thankful for that, it’s going to be hard for you, I know, but if you have to leave, I understand. We play big time college football at a high level but not on the big stage.

However if you do want a National Championship, your best shot just might be at TCU. Someday soon we will have a playoff system (Obama said so) and when that happens you can forget about the BCS hurdle.

I don’t want to see your next stop end short; I don’t want to see you coaching a MAC team playing Kent State on Tuesday night 3 years from now. We will forgive you for going 7-5 two seasons in a row, most other “big time” programs will not. They don’t know you. They don’t care about you. They have to win, and if you don’t….your gone….maybe even after 2 years….you’re a nobody to them, only a coach that can win games, but if you don’t win…..which is likely with a struggling team in a BCS conference…you’re done….mark it down. I am trying to warn you. You have an enormous amount of leniency at TCU; you won’t even come close to that elsewhere. So go….go and give away what you have built over the last 8 years at TCU….but don’t forget….coaches come and go 99% of the time in college football….TCU will still be a football program in 3 years….will you still be a top head coach?


Disciples of GP: Do you think it is un-American to root against Air Force? Does the fact that we are at war impact your opinion?

SchultzHater: Air Force, Army, Navy, I could care less. Yes, root against them, even hate them – but only once a year when they play your team. Every other week you should root for the Academy teams or you are not American – at least not a good one anyway. But College Football has nothing to do with these organizations. It is sport. I do however have a soft spot for these teams due to the poor athletes they seem to field every year. At least something can be said of the discipline they have for turning out victories despite having a running back that runs a 5.2 in the 40. Being at war you say? Ummm, no, doesn’t change anything. But seriously, every other week I am rooting for them….unless they are playing a team that could increase our strength of schedule….or a team in the MWC….

Disciples of GP: Is it racist to root for Air Force when they are playing other teams b/c they have a bunch of scrawny white dudes that look smaller and slower than me? What about the feeling of superiority I have when I see my Frogs lined up against this athletically challenged AF opponent and my corresponding militant like hatred towards the Air Force and everything involving airplanes or eagles? Or am I way off base and the Academy is racist for only recruiting slow white people?

SchultzHater: Why would a good athlete choose a military academy over TCU or any “normal” school to play ball? The ones that do are a lot better than me. You get 4 years on the field and then 4 more in the service – probably at war. I root for any Academy team all the time for this reason. In fact, they are one team I wouldn’t want to run up the score on. It’s not racist to root for slow white guys whose only experience on the football field was playing Tuba in their high school marching band. It’s like rooting for a beagle in a pit bull ring when watching the Academy teams. You want to see the beagle put up a fight. And should the Beagle win? We should never lose to one of these teams, but hell, sometimes it happens (last year at AF, omg – how depressing was that)….…I am not sure about your hatred for eagles and airplanes, maybe you should go consult your homeless wizard on that one.

Disciples of GP: Game prediction?

SchultzHater: I am not going to predict a score on this one and because there is an enormous difference in talent and the only way to properly describe this game is to come up with some analogies, like…

Air Force playing TCU is like………

-Britney Spears trying to put on panties
-USC trying to take on the showboys (cowboys)
-An Obama supporter being asked why they voted for obama
-A senior girl in college being more attractive than a freshman girl
-Mexico vs. the Untied States….in anything
-Robert Henson vs. any running back
-Robert Henson vs. any quarterback
-Robert Henson vs. fear itself
-smu vs. TCU
-Hillary Clinton trying to be sexy

Disciples of GP: I think I get it, so it’s kind of like

-First base compared to a threesome
-Winnie the Pooh having to fight Batman
-Delivering a danger close air strike vs. having to call one in on yourself
-Colorado’s Super Max Prison to a paid vacation in Fiji
-Taking names to kicking ass
-Giving shit vs. eating shit
-Dalton being a ginger vs. just being a ginger
-Lakers vs. a Neil Dougherty team
-Stubbing your toe vs. getting Aids?

SchultzHater: Exactly

I Hope These Guys do the Fly Over on Saturday

That would be sweet........

Statement Game

Saturday is the last time we'll ever get to see Henson harass the refs in the tunnel at Amon G
and could be the last time we see GP lead the troops into battle.

I definitely want to start this post on a positive note and give big, big props to Jerry Hughes for being a Nagurski Award Finalist. That is a huge deal and, despite the pre season talk from the coaching staff, certainly something few if any fans expected, although it should not have been surprising based on the pedigree of the two guys he learned from. He leads the country in sacks and tackles for a loss and has even thrown in a couple of INTs for good measure. I don't want to jinx him by mentioning him in the same breath as Tommy Blake, but, given the hype that surrounded Blake before his senior year, could Hughes' hype be even higher? Blake stuck around for his senior season despite the near certainty that he'd be a first round pick and, well, we all know that was the beginning of the end for 97. Hughes has already said he's sticking around for his senior season in order to lead the Frogs to another MWC Championship. I think he keeps his mind right and does it. Anyway, Congrats to Jerry and we're all extremely excited to have you back next season.

On a more somber note, this is it guys. I mean, obviously there's a bowl game, and there's a chance it could even be a bowl game at Amon G, but this is the last go around for this season. Maybe it's because I had to take a personal day for the SDSU game, or maybe it's because we didn't have a bye week until last weekend, but this season just seems like it flew by, right? I can remember being in Norman like it was last week, same goes for setting up shop on the SMU Blvd and gawking at the rich hoes. It's sad to think that I'm about to have to live in a world with only the lackluster Cowboys, Mavericks and Stars to pull me through. I don't think there's even a baseball team in Dallas anymore. I've already had my diatribe about Saturday's game, so I'll spare you, but it's been a hell of a ride and I'm sad to see it end.

As these things sometimes happen, occasionally a bye week will do just as much good for a team as a win. We stayed the same in the AP Poll (15), jumped a spot in the Coaches (17 from 18) and picked up a deuce in the BCS rankings (16 from 18). This was mostly due to the North Carolina loss in the increasingly jumbled ACC, as well as the computers finally realizing that Ball State is an overrated pile of crap and dumping them from 14 to 17 despite a win. Unfortunately, they won again last night against a decent Central Michigan team, so there's a chance we could flip flop with them again this week if everything remains the same. Fortunately for us and for college football fans, this is an AWESOME week for college football and an awesome week to have a day game to clear space for the nightcap. A handful of top 15 teams do battle against one another, and the teams ahead of us have loseable rivarly games to deal with as well. So let's get on with it.

AP - 15th. As things currently stand, we look to be pretty supplanted in the 15 spot in the AP poll and this looks to be our ceiling unless Michigan does the unthinkable and beats #10 Ohio State. Despite our lead over BYU in the AP, the biggest game to keep on our radar is (duh) #16 BYU at #8 Utah. Although BYU is currently behind us in the rankings, if they are to beat Utah, lots of bad things will happen that are far worse than losing a spot in the AP poll. First of all, the Las Vegas Bowl has already said they want to take BYU, regardless of the outcome of the Holy War, which is total bullshit if they lose. Mormons in Sin City? Now I've seen EVERYTHING! If Utah is to win, this leaves us in the homo Poinsettia Bowl (boo) likely against #9 Boise State (un-boo). This seems like it'd be a pretty cool situation for us and would likely be one of the more watched non New Years Day games. On the flip side, if BYU wins, that slots Boise State into the BCS more than likely, BYU into Vegas, Utah likely into Poinsettia territory and us to FW. Further, if we were to drop this game Saturday and all of this happens.. my word, I don't even know what would happen. New Mexico? There are going to be some at large bids open in various other bowls that we could sneak into, which lyle spelled out to me in an earlier email (my favorite possibility: Independence Bowl vs. Big 12). However, we aren't going to lose Saturday and neither is Utah so you can pretty much bank on the Poinsettia vs. Boise. Speaking of, Boise travels to Nevada on Saturday to take on the Wolfpack who, despite being 6-4, are really a pretty decent team and could put up a fight (so I hear). These are the only games this week whose outcome would directly affect us in the AP rankings

Coaches - 17th. Big differences here in comparison to the AP poll as the coaches slot Michigan State and BYU ahead of us. As mentioned, a BYU loss helps us in a lot of ways, but directly helps us here as we would easily move up a spot in the rankings. A big plus for us is #15 Michigan State traveling to the Happy Valley to play the #8 Nittany Lions. The Big Ten is overrated as usual and while Penn State would've been the latest in a line of overmatched Big Ten teams getting creamed in the National Championship, they were knocked by down to earth by Iowa a couple of weeks ago. A Penn State win here kicks Michigan State out of the Top 20 and out of our way.

BCS - 16th. This is the same as the Coaches poll, except apparently computers are smarter than humans and believe that an undefeated MAC team couldn't hope to hang with a 2 loss MWC team. Viva technology!

Games that REALLY Matter. (AP/Coaches/BCS Ranking)

#16/14/14 BYU at #8/7/7 Utah. We thought our game at Utah was going to be the biggest game in the history of the MWC, and it was until this week. Lots of reasons why this is such a huge game. As mentioned previously, the fate of our bowl location pretty much rests with this game, assuming we take care of a business against Air Force. Also, as crazy as it sounds, if BYU beats Utah, and Boise State falls to either Nevada or Fresno State, BYU will take the BCS at large bid over Ball State. I don't know about you guys, but this makes me pretty sick to my stomach. BYU and their deplorable fanbase are as undeserving of a BCS bid as Ball State. I'm not just saying this because we exposed them, but they haven't BEATEN anybody. They're a crap call in Washington away from having two losses and Washington not being the only winless team in the country. Think about that: your BCS at large team could be a team that should have lost to Washington, a team that hasn't won ONE game. They also were a last second INT away from losing to UNLV and had to squeak out a 3 pointer against CSU. In fact, the only good win they've had all year was this past week at Air Force. This is not a BCS worthy football team. Hell, they aren't a conference winning worthy team. Assuming they end up in the Fiesta against Tech/Texas/OU or the Sugar against Florida/Alabama... oh my god, that would make the UGA/Hawaii travesty of last year look like a game of Candy Land. This cannot happen. Also, this will not happen. Utah may not be the powerhouse they were in 2004 when they creamed Pittburgh in the Fiesta Bowl, but they're the best of the still eligible non BCS teams we've got. They've split the past 12 with BYU and the last couple have come down to last second heroics. Look/pray for the Utes to win at home.

#17/15/15 Michigan State at #7/8/8 Penn State. As mentioned, this game really only affects us positively if Michigan State loses. This would knock them out of the top 20 and would give us a bump in the Coaches and BCS polls while getting them off of our heels in the AP. If the Spartans win, we lose a spot in the AP because Penn State will not drop below us even with the two losses. The Lions are down, but if they lose this one, the Spartans will split the Big Ten title with #10/10/10 Ohio State, with the Buckeyes getting the BCS berth due to head to head play. There's a lot at stake for both teams because the difference between a win and a loss here could be the difference between the Rose Bowl and Alamo Bowl. Regardless, Penn State can win this thing outright should they pull this one out, so there's a little more riding on their shoulders. I think the Lions take the game, the Big Televen title and the Rose Bowl bid, thus sending out JoPa with a new knee... just so he can come back next year and do it all over again because the death avoidance battle between him and Bobby Bowden must go on until one dies. Seriously, it's like Harry Potter and Voldemort (sorry, guilty pleasure). Neither of these guys call plays and Paterno isn't even fit enough to stand on the sidelines, but they still continue to come out every year and do it just so they can see who has the biggest balls/most career wins. With Paterno likely on his last leg (see what I did there?), and Florida State turning a bit of a corner, I give the advantage to Bowden.

Games That Definitely Matter, but Probably Won't Have Upsets.

#9/9/9 Boise State at Nevada. Boise State is still on the outside looking in, but if Utah is to stumble, they're all over that BCS at large bid for the second time in three years. I really don't know a lot about Nevada other than they apparently have a great offense and/or defense. Someone is giving them an advantage somewhere. However, Boise hasn't had an opponent come within 13 points of beating them all year, so I don't look for this to change, especially with everything on the line. Broncos win by lots.

#10/10/10 Ohio State vs. Michigan. As I said earlier, this game has the most direct bearing on improving our AP ranking, and our other two rankings for that matter. Fortunately, history is on our side in this game as only one Michigan head coach has lost his debut against Ohio State. Unfortunately, Michigan is 3-8 and reeeeally really bad this year. Michigan has already lost the most games ever in their footballing history and broken the longest consecutive bowl streak in the country, so what's one more loss? This team is beyond playing for pride and hey! whatddya know, their starting QB, who also sucks, is out. Also, the near 20 point point spread for this game is the largest ever for this rivalry. A win here unjustly sends OSU to the Fiesta Bowl, if not the Rose depending on the outcome of the PSU game. WAY too much on the line for the Vest to lose. In true Big Ten fashion, Ohio State wins by televen points... and by televen I mean infinity.

Games that Don't Matter for the Frogs, but Feature Teams Ranked Above Us.

#3/3/4 Florida vs. The Citadel. (yawn). Those poor Citadel bastards not only have to go fight our wars for us after they graduate, but they have to line up and get their licks by SEC teams every year. Tebow will be sitting by the second quarter with a nice 5 TD lead. Halftime circumcisions for all the gentiles!!

#2/2/2 Texas Tech at #5/5/5 Oklahoma. Oh. Oh my goodness. Now that we're officially out of the BCS race and don't need Oklahoma to bolster our SOS, I can go with my heart and pull for the Leach's which will not only F Texas out of the Big 12 south title, but also steer that pirate ship to the white squall that is the Big 12 Championship and perhaps beyond that to do battle with scyalla (Alabama) or Charybdis (Florida) in the National Championship. (Editors Note: You will brush up on your Greek Mythology for all future SWW postings). Also, who the heck wants to pull for OU? Seriously. So, just for fun, let's look at this from a UT standpoint because they're in the mother of all brain fucks right now regarding this game.

First off, let's say as a UT fan you choose to pull for Tech. Wise choice... or not? By pulling for Tech, Texas all but guarantees themselves a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. OU will be out of the picture and Tech would likely beat Missouri in the Big 12 Championship and advance to the NC game. OU would get the Cotton and Missouri would get the Holiday. BUT WAIT! What if Tech gets past this game and then loses to Missouri? Would the Fiesta Bowl take a one loss Tech team that beat Texas or would they take a one loss UT team who lost to Tech but would sell more tickets? Would Tech really drop below Texas in the rankings if they lost to Mizzou? Gee Willikers!

On the flip side, let's say a UT fan chooses to pull for OU. First off, how the shit can you call yourself a UT fan while considering going for OU?? Come On!! I once worked with a guy who claimed to be a UT and an OU fan. We later sold this company and I no longer work with said co-worker. This is not a coincidence. Never trust someone like that to make you money. Anyway, let's look at this logically. Let's say OU wins. This would mean a 3 way tie in the Big 12 South and, after you explore all tie breaking options, the only solution is to declare the team with the highest BCS ranking winner. Right now in the BCS, Tech is 2nd, UT is 3rd and OU is 5th. What the hell happens if OU wins? Do you drop Tech below a Texas team that they beat? Do you jump OU over UT even though they lost to them? Wouldn't this be an absolute pandora's box of disaster? You'd be hearing the losing two coaches bitch until the end of time and the winning coach declaring the BCS a success. If you ask me, I think OU would end up taking the south, beating Missouri, and playing in the big one. I think it'd end up being Bama/OU/Tech/UT/Fla. Isn't that screwed up to let Texas drop because of a team they beat? Dropping Florida a spot in this instance is justified simply because they lose to Houston Nutt. So, in this case, Tech could lose and still beat out Texas in the BCS rankings. Now if this happens and then OU loses to Missouri, then the Fiesta Bowl voters STILL have to choose between Tech and UT.

Either way, Texas' hope for a BCS bid rely on outside factors, but I think they have the better shot if OU is to win. Look, if Tech gets to the Big 12 game, there's a chance Missouri beats them. It's in Missouri and Missouri has OWNED Tech the past few years. If OU gets to the Big 12 championship, they will ruin Missouri. Bad. This would put OU in the national championship and then have the other bowls pick between UT and Tech. Also, if OU goes to the Big 12 and loses, they will have two losses and be done in the talk, and, since Tech lost to them, this would give UT a slight edge. I know Tech won the head to head with UT, but BCS games aren't by RANK they're by "you get your FIRST PICK of the Big 12 teams, assuming they qualify." It'd be hard to shut out an undefeated Tech team whose only loss came in the championship game, but if they lose to OU and are pretty much in the same boat as Texas, the bowls would take Texas because of their fan base. Money talks, and UT has more of it than any other football program in the country. So, unless you have a particular interest in either Tech or OU, the outsider can choose this game on whether or not they want to screw Texas out of a BCS game, which is why I take the Raiders.

Ouch, my brain! Anyway, back to more relevant things, I titled this "statement game" because, as you can see, that's really what it is. We can't gain anything by winning, but we can lose a lot by losing. Everyone is going to think that we'll be down and out after the Utah game, but those people don't understand this team. These guys will come play their hearts out Saturday, the seniors will tie for the most wins ever, and GP will win his 100th game. There's a lot on our plate this weekend, Frogs fans. I look forward to seeing you all there. Go Frogs!

November 22nd: Spit Blood Fan Appreciation Day

I'm picking up the koozies today and bringing them up to Fort Worth for the tailgate on Saturday. We are located in lot 3 (aka freshman overflow) near spot 235. Stop by, say hello, grab a koozie. We will be tailgating by no later than noon. Special thanks goes out to Fineline Sportswear for hooking it up.

Morning Dump

Horned Frogs drop home opener ~Daily Skiff

TCU Frogs miss the mark in Christian’s home debut ~FWST

Nebraska men earn 62-50 road win at TCU ~Grand Island Independent, NE

TCU Frogs’ Jerry Hughes among Bronko Nagurski finalists ~FWST

Air Force report: TCU's layoff good and bad ~Rocky Mountain News

Crucial Mountain West clash pits Falcons against Horned Frogs ~WKRC, Cincy