Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Strength of Schedule Watch: Week 1 recap

Great first week for the Frogs' SOS overall, with their opponents going 9-3.

What went right:

-BYU 14, Oklahoma 13. Oh, man! I was in a car listening to this game on the radio, and had to pull over to listen to the last few minutes I was so excited. Sure, Sooner fans are already making the excuse that Gresham and Bradford were out, but Bradford played the entire first half and wasn't doing anything against the Cougar defense. And it's not like his injury was him randomly slipping on a banana peel...he was simply punished by the BYU front seven. Great win BYU and the conference- the latenight Saturday ESPN Radio guys were gushing about how good the Cougars and the Mountain West are. Look for BYU to rocket up the rankings.

-Colorado State 23, Colorado 17. Another big win for the MWC over the Big 12, spurred by an awesome defensive performance- the Rams held the Buffaloes to just 29 yards rushing! This one was especially sweet because Colorado refuses to play Colorado State on the road- they rotate this game between Boulder and Denver. Nice home field advantage, CU! Word is, the sky in Fort Collins was glowing all nights with the flames of a thousand victory blunts.

-Air Force 72, Nicholls State 0. 474 yards rushing. Who were they playing, SMU?

-Utah 35, Utah State 17. The Utes overcame a sluggish first half to win their 15th straight game.

-UNLV 38, Sacramento State 3. Pretty efficient day for Rebels' QB Omar Clayton and new running back Channing Trotter.

-SMU 31, Stephen F. Austin 23. Yes, this is the same Stephen F. Austin that the Frogs beat by 60 last year. Yes, the Lumberjacks actually outgained the Mustangs and probably should've won the game. So I guess this goes in the "win" department for TCU's strength of schedule, although I don't think the Ponies are going to bolster our SOS much this year...

-Wyoming 29, Weber State 22. Yikes, another close win over a 1-AA team. At least Weber State is among the better 1-AA teams, though.

-Clemson 37, Middle Tennesee 14. New Tiger QB Kyle Parker was just 9-of-20 passing, and stud RB CJ Spiller left the game with an injury. No word yet how bad it is or how long he might be out.

-Texas State 48, Angelo State 28. Again, I'm not even sure if your 1-AA opponents actually even affect your SOS. The Bobcats ran up 463 yards of offense in front of a decent-for-Texas-State-sized crowd of over 14,000.

What went wrong:

-William & Mary 26, Virginia 14. Are you kidding me? William and Mary? The Cavaliers managed just 14 points against a mediocre 1-AA team and committed 7 turnovers? This discounts anything that happens this coming Saturday. A win, and the Frogs just beat the pathetic team that lost to William & Mary. A loss, and well...

-Texas A&M 41, New Mexico 6. I was there, and it was ugly. While the Aggies look a liiiittle better than they did last year (look out for true freshman RB Christine Michael), New Mexico just looked AWFUL. New Lobo coach Mike Locksley is attempting to run an offense that he just doesn't have the athleticism to do so. Gonna be a long year in Albuquerque.

-UCLA 33, San Diego State 14. Aztecs QB Ryan Lindley was 18-for-45 passing and threw 3 int's. You're just not gonna win many ballgames doing that.

1 comment:

Spit Purple said...

HUGE jump for BYU, up to 9 in the AP.