Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Top 25 Preview: Half Assed 'N Hasty Edition

Hasty Blogmanship meet Hasty Craftmanship

I was going to wait and do this when I got back in town from a work trip to Chicago on Friday, but it looks like we have hate treats early this week when Boise State travels to Tulsa to take on the (fill in Tulsa team mascot here) in what is one of the few genuine upset chances on the Broncos schedule. Some decent games on the slate with movement potential for the Frogs so let’s knock it out.

#3/2 Texas vs. #20/18 Oklahoma. This year’s Red River Rivalry was supposed to perhaps be the biggest one of all time with the winning QB emerging as the sure fire Heisman winner. Now? Not so much. This one looked like Texas in a relative cakewalk, but with the return of Sam Bradford, UT possibly starting a third string RB, and the general mayhem that typically occurs in this game, I’m not touching a prediction. Regardless, it’ll be a nice 11AM appetizer for the Frogs game so arrive early.

#4/4 Virginia Tech #19/20 Georgia Tech. The Hokies seem to be hitting their stride in ACC play and this is really their last hurdle unless Virginia turns out to be somewhat for real, which they aren’t. GT almost lost to a terrible Florida State team last weekend. Still, an upset here would give the Hokies two losses and kick them down the pecking order in the polls.

#5/6 Boise State at Tulsa. We all hate this ranking – heck, it seems like a lot of media members hate this ranking even though they’re the ones that vote them. Some will say the Louisiana Tech game in a few weeks is Boise’s biggest hurdle, but there’s no doubt that Tulsa is our biggest hope. That and Oregon to lose about three more games. Get your hate gear on.

#6/5 USC at #25/25 Notre Dame. Notre Dame fans will remind you of the game in South Bend a few years back with the “Bush Push” and suggest that this year’s team could be up to the task of beating the Trojans. These people are what we in the blogosphere call “dumbasses.” I’ll root for ND in this one simply from a rankings standpoint, but I’m not happy about it. If one stadium this year could get swine flu’d for a game, you’d easily want it to be this one.

#7/7 Ohio State at Purdue. Man, Purdue is really, really awful. Don’t expect anything too out of the ordinary in this one. If Ohio State’s defense plays up to its current potential, this one should be a shut out. Mike Schultz is the only thing keeping Purdue out of the Big Televen basement.

#8/9 Cincinnati at #21/21 South Florida. In what many are hailing as the defacto Big Least Championship, Cincy led Tony Pike will get a shot at the surprisingly competent South Florida Bulls. This game is your Thursday night pupu platter so that’s the main reason it could be relevant, plus it should be a decent game. Last night I went to the U2 concert and Nick Lachey was sitting in a box right above my seats and it reminded me how strange it was for him to choose Cincinnati as his favorite school, especially when he later acted like he was the biggest USC fan in the universe. Yes, I’ve seen most of the episodes of the Nick Lachey/Jessica Simpson show. Moving on.

#9/11 Miami, FL at UCF. CUSA football. Catch the excitement.

#11/12 Iowa at Wisconsin. Ugh, did we really lose ground to Iowa? The Big Televen is SO bad, but unfortunately their scissoring routine with ESPN will always keep them in the forefront of football discussion. Realistically, I’d put the Big East above both Televen and ACC. What am I trying to say? Iowa will probably win this one and the rankings will continue to be hilarious stupid for another week.

#14/13 Penn State at Minnesota. Fortunately Penn State’s loss to Iowa continues to keep them down in the eyes of voters, but they’re still right on our heels. Fortunately no one cares about Minnesota. A win from the home team would be big news for us, though.

#15/17 Nebraska vs Texas Tech. Who says Mike Leach only raises system QBs? Tech fans are already calling for Potts to be replaced – and, in all fairness, dude did lose to Houston – but I don’t think Leach is going to pull the trigger just yet… but the man is so crazy you could also see him suspending the fans from the stadium for their next home game for being dissenters. Regardless, I think Nebraska is relatively under-ranked, and Tech taking their frustrations out on a miserable Kansas State team shouldn’t be directing the Big 12 South through Lubbock by any means. Should be fun to watch, regardless.

#16/14 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri. Now that Ole Miss has busted their Nutt, Okie Lite is hands down the most overrated team in the country. Despite the game being in Boone Pickenswater, I think Missouri takes notice.

#17/15 Kansas at Colorado. Yikes Colorado is bad… however, with Cody Hawkins being benched this week, could that move be the one that turns around their season? Survey says… not a chance. Kansas continues to roll through the easy half of their schedule en route to a dismal finish.

Like I said, sorry to be so hasty with the post, but the schedule demands it. Still though, lots of movement potential here as long as the voters don’t go all statutory on us. OU could very well beat Texas, you never know when Georgia Tech will decide to play defense for once, and South Florida has been dark horse personified this season. Take those games, pray for a Boise tumble, and big, big things could happen. I wouldn’t expect it, but there’s always a chance. See you guys Saturday. Go Frogs!

DCTF - Texas Power Poll

"How many Buffs does it take to unscrew a Longhorn from the top spot in our Power Poll?

Apparently, not that many. Texas' lackluster performance against Colorado this weekend not only cost it a spot in the AP rankings (it was surpassed by Alabama), but the Longhorns also lost a top-spot vote from our panel, and TCU's narrow victory on the road against Air Force has the Frogs one step closer to forcing a tie with their in-state cousins.

As for the rest of the group, no one has really done much to separate themselves from the pack. Yes, Houston beat Mississippi State (on the road) this weekend, but in our mind, the Coogs are still tinged with the UTEP blues. Texas Tech dismantled Kansas State, but that means relatively little -- and Tech is still saddled with two losses to in-state programs. A&M lost, Baylor lost and UTEP lost. UNT and Rice may not win again all season.

So that brings us to little SMU, as the Ponies have forced a sixth-place tie with the Ags following their win over East Carolina. If SMU keeps up that kind of production, it may see an even further jump -- especially considering A&M and Baylor are entering tough stretches on the schedule that could drop them far below .500. Right now, we're just dying for a group that can put a little heat on the Texas-TCU dynamic duo.

Any takers?"

First Place Votes in Parenthesis

1. Texas (4)
2. TCU (2)
3. Houston

9. North Texas
10. Rice

Final thoughts on the Air Force game

-I think the first thing that comes to a lot of TCU fans' minds when thinking about this game was ball-security. The Frogs fumbled three times (losing two of them...after fumbling twice last week against SMU) and dropped WAY too many passes. Obviously the frigid temperatures and precipitation might have played a role in this, but by turning the ball over three times the Frogs nearly gave the game away. This cannot continue to be a problem.

-Kudos to snapper Clint Gresham, holder Bart Johnson and kicker Ross Evans for making both PAT's as well as a 27-yard field goal and a 38-yard field goal. In that kind of weather, those are definitely not automatic, and they proved to be the difference in the end.

-Another week, another HUGE hit by a true freshman on a punt return. While it didn't spring Kerley for a touchdown, Jurell Thompson's block in the 1st quarter did get him about 10-15 extra yards. When you get hits like that from such young players, the future looks bright.

-How much did that head ref look like Paul Simon? You can call him Al.

-Dalton looked as un-phased by the weather as anyone. He showed just how valuable a three-year starter at QB can be when he side-stepped a defender along the sideline on 3rd down and threw a rope (as he was hit by another Falcon) to Logan Brock, who made a fantastic catch and toe-tap to pick up the 1st down.

-Pretty nice night for Anson Kelton, with a 72-yard bomb and another punt being downed on Air Force's one yard line by Colin Jones.

-The team-first mentality of this squad was on display on Kerley's two-yard touchdown run, when he picked up a pancake block from Joseph Turner that allowed him to get to the edge. How many teams have a starting tailback that throws blocks like that?

-The announcers on CBS-College really weren't at the top of their game all night (really guys, how long do you need to talk to Chad Hennings?), but their lack of research was pretty evident in the 1st quarter when Jimmy Young made a catch down the left sideline and the play by play guy said "that's reminiscent of his go-head touchdown catch against Clemson." Uh...that was Antoine Hicks.

-They also, at one point, mentioned that TCU's running back by committee approach was new, since "Aaron Brown was pretty much a one-man running game last year". Really?

Morning Dump

TCU gets ahead the hard way Yahoo! Sports

No. 8 TCU hosts Colorado State in MWC home opener GoFrogs.com

CSU's kickoff troubles continue

CSU completes hard part of MWC schedule against No. 12 TCU Denver Post