Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hunting down those pesky Smurfs

What's the biggest obstacle standing in the way of TCU finally reaching the BCS promised land? That's easy: Air Force. While Patterson and his staff continue to drill that reality into the minds of the Horned Frogs and take a game by game approach, it's only natural for a fanbase as hungry for glory as the purple & white followers of the Frogs to look ahead at what might be.

Now certainly, any talk of assuming an undefeated regular season at TCU is a little silly, considering it hasn't happened since the Frogs won the National Championship in 1938. We know all too well that even some of the most talented and well-prepared teams stumble at least once during the course of a grueling college football season.

That being said...there's not a lot of danger in delving into hypotheticals here in the blogosphere, now is there? So IF the Frogs are able to run the gauntlet of the Mountain West and emerge 12-0 in late November, what would be their biggest obstacle to the BCS then? I think we all know it's Boise State (that's if you assume what I believe to be true- that it'll be a cold day in hell before two non-AQ conference schools are allowed into the party the same year).

The official BCS standings don't come out until October 18th, but retired sportswriter Samuel Chi has come up with the "unofficial BCS standings" on his website, BCSguru.com. Here are the unofficial standings as of now:

1. Alabama- 0.9271
2. LSU- 0.9098
3. Florida- 0.8725
4. Texas- 0.8146
5. Boise State- 0.7620
6. Virginia Tech- 0.7403
7. Southern Cal- 0.6946
8. Cincinnati- 0.6200
9. Iowa- 0.6159
10. Ohio State- 0.5872
11. TCU- 0.5821

According to Chi, and contrary to what I had originally thought, the human voters actually have a higher opinion of TCU than the computers. The Frogs find themselves trailing Boise by 3 (Coaches) and 5 (Harris) spots in the human polls, but by margins of 8, 4, 6, 8 and 1 in the five computer polls that currently publish their rankings. What I think you can read into those results is that the computers are far more impressed with the Bronco's opening-night win over Oregon than they are with TCU's road wins at Virginia and Clemson.

There is one school of thought out there that, if both Boise and TCU were to run the table, the Frogs would eventually catch up to the Broncos because their remaining schedule (with BYU, Utah and the overall relative strength of the MWC compared to the WAC) would give TCU the boost needed to pass them in the eyes of both the human voters and the computers. That certainly seems logical to me, but I would never be guilty of assuming that the BCS would be fair.

What the Frogs need (in addition to, most importantly, winning all of their own games) is for the luster of Boise's crown jewel, the Oregon win, to be tarnished. The Ducks certainly haven't been trending in the Frogs' favor lately, as they've outscored their last two opponents by a combined 94-9 and provided Utah with their only loss of the year on September 19th. But Pac-10 teams are notoriously hot & cold, so hopefully they'll cool back off as the season progresses. It also certainly wouldn't hurt for Boise to run into a surprise band saw the way Houston did this past weekend...

But again, while gazing into the crystal ball of the BCS and imagining flying to watch the Frogs play in Miami or New Orleans or wherever might fun, it'll all be for naught if they can't take care of business against each and every one of their conference opponents, starting this Saturday in Colorado Springs.

TCU picked 7th at MWC Hoops Media Day

Fresh off the presses from the Mountain West Basketball Media Day in Denver is the official preseason poll, where the Horned Frogs are picked to finish seventh- exactly where they ended the '08-'09 season. TCU's senior forward Zvonko Buljan was selected to the All-MWC preseason 1st Team. BYU was picked to win the conference, while Colorado State and Air Force were picked to again be the only two teams to finish behind TCU. The season opener is November 16th, when the Frogs take on Cal State-Northridge in Tempe, Arizona as part of the Preseason NIT.

More Bad Weather for the Frogs?

After playing their last two games in torrential downpours, the Horned Frogs are probably due a break from Mother Nature, right? Wrong. As now, weather.com's is forecast for Saturday in Colorado Springs is a high of 45, a low of 31 and a 40% chance of rain/snow, otherwise known as "wintry mix". Those can be just about the toughest conditions to play in, especially for a bunch of Texas boys, so we'll keep an eye on this as the week progresses.

Morning Dump

TCU sports quick hits: weekend of October 3rd Examiner

Falcons are still feeling overtime loss to Navy Denver Post

Air Force uses defensive force
The Tribune

MWC news and notes Sports Network

Lions claim safety Marvin White from Dallas Detroit Free Press

Mountain West basketball coaches meet in Denver Star-Telegram

DCTF - Texas Power Poll

Well well, what does a loss to UTEP do besides crush your soul and dreams? It puts you back in your place in the list of best teams in the state. I cant believe they were ever ahead of us in this poll. But in time, everything tends to work out as it should.

"One would think that Houston's disheartening loss to UTEP this weekend would have significantly dropped it in the Poll.

But the Texas Football staff didn't anticipate having such a hard time finding another No. 3 team. After all, the Coogs have already beaten Texas Tech. A&M, courtesy of Arkansas, is falling slowly back to reality. SMU? Dismantled by No. 2 TCU. That just leaves us with Baylor, and it's hard to justify putting the Bears so high after they looked merely average against a questionable Kent State team.

And so No. 3 is where Houston stays, at least for the time being. Texas and TCU both remain in the top two spots and probably will for a good portion of the season, while Baylor, about to enter the toughest part of its schedule, may be primed for a huge fall. Meanwhile, the race for last is heating up -- despite UNT having a bye and Rice losing, the Mean Green dropped to the No. 1 spot.

That just leaves us with UTEP -- how do you rank a team that lost by 54 to Texas? Do you rank it by that merit? Or the 58-point explosion against UH? Tough to say. But right for now, it stays in the bottom half. It'll take more than one wild win to convince us. "

1. Texas
2. TCU
3. Houston

8. SMU
9. Rice
10. North Texas

Liberty Mutual Coach of The Year

GP hasn't even made it into the top 15 yet. Lets get on this and shoot him up to the top where he belongs. You can vote once a day and even sign up for daily reminders to vote.