Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Top 25 Dragon Recap

Well, counselor sort of stole my thunder in the previous post, but as I'm a man of my word, I'm going to go ahead and recap all of the games I highlighted from the weekend. From the look of things, most of my predictions went pretty well and, even with BYUs big win, we were still able to gain a spot in both polls, sitting nice at 16.

Since this is the first go around, I'll briefly explain my system. Each game will fall into one of three categories: The good, the meh, and the bad. The" good" means, obviously, that the outcome of the game was good for us rankings-wise i.e. a loss dropped a team below us, a rival lost, Sam Bradford got tomahawked, etc. The "meh" means the game had no impact on our ranking i.e. a team that needed to lose to drop below us won and stayed up, a team below us won but didn't move ahead of us, the team that won moved ahead of us and the team that lost moved below thus no bearing. And finally, for the grand finale, the Bad means a team won and moved ahead of us in the rankings - except in the case of the BYU win because, let's be honest, that was just great.

Let's take a quick peek.

The good (new AP/coaches ranking)

#12/11 Boise State 19, UR/UR Oregon 8. It appears this game has been blogged to death on our fair site so I see no reason to retread. Pretty weak of Boise not to suspend that dude though. At least those liberal Oregonians stepped up to the plate.

#5/6 Oklahoma State 24, #21/21 Georgia 10. Well, this worked out well for us I'd say, but what a terrible performance by the Bulldogs! Yikes! Newly anointed QB Joe Cox is in for a long season if he flings the ball around like he did Saturday. 15/30. 162 yards. 1 TD. 1 TD. Did I mention he has one of the best wideouts in the entire conference in AJ Green, yet he only hit the guy 4 times for 52 yards? That's not to take anything away from Okie Lite - that's a good football team who, with the Bradford injury, will likely be Texas' biggest hurdle to a championship, but Georgia has to improve if they want to compete in the SEC.

#9/12 BYU 14, #13/14 Oklahoma 13. You guys may have heard a little something about this game. Like I said, a BYU would win do wonders for the conference but would obviously hurt our current ranking but, let's be honest - who even cares??? What a win! The OU fan reaction has been pricelessly pathetic and BYU deserves all the praise they get, even if their players are all eligible for retirement.

The Meh

#17/17 Utah 35, Utah State 14. As lyle said.

#18/20 Notre Dame 35 Nevada 0. I fully expected a ND win here to put this game in the "Bad" category, but I was fortunately incorrect. You would think the media fascination would've at least catapulted them into the top 15 in the AP poll but it looks like they're keeping it in their pants for now. Fortunately the coaches kept their wits about them here. All I can say is I'm going to be a BIG Michigan fan this Saturday. Stays meh because they didn't move ahead of us.

#4/4 Alabama 34, #14/15 Virginia Tech 24. Wasn't sure where to place this one simply because we didn't move up above VT and in my preview I suggested a VT win would be good based on some worthless and arbitrary factors. However, it remains up because they drop kicked the Hokies down very close to us and with Nebraska and Miami coming to Blacksburg in the next 3 weeks, I fully expect the Frogs to move ahead in the rankings.

UR/UR Iowa 17, Northern Iowa 16. Hope you guys saw highlights of this game because it was a true testament to the Ferentz era in Iowa City. This guy used to commonly be hyped up as the next college coach to make the jump to the pros which is just baffling considering his track record. It took not one but TWO blocked field goals in the closing seconds for the Hawkeyes to hang on, and they had to come from behind to boot. Ugly, ugly game. The win should technically move this one into "the bad" territory, but they dropped from the rankings, so for this week we'll keep it meh.

#19/19 North Carolina 40, The Citadel 6. Yawn.

#10/10 Cal 52, Maryland 13. Whew. That was a rapin'. I vaguely called for the Terps to keep it close, but apparently when Ralph Friedgen lost 100 pounds, he also lost his playbook. Ugh.

The Bad.


So, as you can see, pretty great week for the Frogs as we jumped a spot without even playing. Obviously as lyle pointed out in his post, the UVA loss is probably the worst thing we could've hoped for this week because it makes that game SO moot now but, it's Frogs football, it's the season opener, it's on TV, I've got a full bottle of Jameson and enough built up football off week/season rage to fuel a zeppelin so I can't wait. Sorry this was kind of a junk post - I was in a hurry to hammer it out. I'll be more comprehensive next time, I promise.

New AP Rankings Out

MWC Notables

BYU - #9
Wow, take out the best QB in the country and look what happens. But seriously, good job guys, you just bolstered the conference up a notch.

TCU - #16
Don't even play a game and move up one spot, works for me.

Utah - #17
Good job beating up on the red headed step child of Utah

Other Notables

Florida - #1, Texas - #2, USC - #3
Combined score of their three openers 177 - 26. Seriously? When is playing division two schools going to be illegal in this country. I am writing a letter to Obama on that one. I realize that these teams get pretty substantial checks to catch a beating, but since when do we sacrifice our dignity for cash in this country? Oh wait...

Boise State - #12
I love how that just because some idiot decides to throw a punch at the biggest tool ever to walk onto a football field, the entire country forgets how terrible your team looked. I hope Oregon goes 0-12 just so the only respectable team you play puts you right into the toilet.

Oklahoma - #13
Note for Landry Jones - The razor was invented for reason, please get rid of that porn stash so people can take you seriously.

Notre Dame - #18
Well thats it, I dont know why we even play the rest of the season. Notre Dame is clearly the greatest team to ever walk to face on the earth and Clausen is by far the greatest quarterback to ever touch a football. They are well on their way to the next ten BCS title games. I dont know how they didn't move to number one. Lou Holtz can finally die happy.

Cincinnati - #22
Its about time, a Big East team is finally ranked.

Full rankings here.

Morning Dump

TCU must replace two important linebackers Star-Telegram

TCU's Hughes came back for a conference title ESPN

TCU's Dalton hoping to be more productive ESPN

Horned Frogs open season Saturday at Virginia

Virginia shakes off its latest disappointing start to a season Washington Post

Mountain West shows it can compete after fast start USA Today

Non-AQ power rankings

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.

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