Sunday, October 18, 2009

TCU #8 in first BCS poll

First BCS is out and the Frogs sit at #8. Top 10 is as follows:
4)Boise State (unbelievable)
5) Cincinnati

BYU is currently at #16, so obviously a win over these Mormons would be very beneficial to us. There seems like there could be a lot of mobility in the top-10 over the next few weeks with a lot of these teams facing tough opponents in upcoming weeks. Texas has road games at Missouri and Okie State, Cincinnati will be playing without their starting QB and Heisman candidate Tony Pike, Iowa has games at Michigan State and Ohio State left to play, the SEC is always tough, and Boise, well Boise will continue to play a bunch of nobody's and hopefully struggle to impress anyone. Hopefully things work out in our favor and teams like Clemson and UVA continue to win
conference games.

Strength of Schedule Watch: Week 7 recap

After the first BCS standings of the year were released earlier today with TCU (8th) trailing Boise State (4th) by four spots, it's becoming more and more important that the Frogs' opponents do as much as they can to help the TCU vault Boise. That's why I made the picture of Popeye so big...that or because I'm on my girlfriend's computer and I can't figure out how to re-size photos on this G.D. Mac.

Let's take a look at what went right- and wrong- this weekend:

What went right:
BYU 38, UNLV 28
-BYU improved to 6-1 on the season and slid up to 16th in the BCS rankings- good enough to warrant Game Day coming to town next week along with the 8th-ranked Frogs. Max Hall was deadly as usual, throwing for 346 yards and three scores while the Cougars rang up 512 yards of total offense and held the ball for over 38 minutes.

Utah 35, UNLV 15
-TCU's other marquee conference opponent improved to 5-1 on the year and 18th in the BCS with their drubbing of UNLV. Tailback Eddie Wide, replacing injured Matt Asiata, ran for 111 yards on just 17 carries and the Utah defense held UNLV to just 2.8 yards per carry.

Clemson 38, Wake Forest 3
-With nearly two weeks to think about their loss to Maryland, the Tigers responded in a huge way by blowing out the Demon Deacs. CJ Spiller ran for 106 yards and 2 TD's on just 9 carries and the Tiger defense allowed just 178 total yards. With the W, Clemson improves to 3-3 and hopefully picked up some momentum for the stretch-run in the ACC.

Virginia 20, Maryland 9
-After a dismal 0-3 start to begin the year, the Cavaliers are now back to .500 with this win that avenges Clemson's earlier loss at Maryland. UVA took advantage of four Terrapin turnovers (including an INT return for a score) to win a game in which they were actually out-gained by over 80 yards. Like Clemson, we hope that Virginia has found some confidence that can carry them to a few more important conference wins.

Air Force 10, Wyoming 0
-Air Force, the team that TCU was penalized for beating by only 3 in a near-blizzard, improved to 4-3 on the year with their blanking of the Cowboys ("blanking" the Cowboys? Insert your Brokeback Mountain joke here). Both teams are now just two wins shy of bowl-eligibility.

Texas State 34, Nicholls State 28
-The Bobcats ran up 480 yards of offense, but had to overcome losing 3 fumbles to improve to 3-3 on the year.

New Mexico didn't play this weekend, marking the first weekend of the season in which the Lobos didn't lose. That's a positive, right?

What went wrong:
Navy 38, SMU 35 (OT)
-After their big win against East Carolina last week, SMU had high hopes of beating Navy to excelerate their march toward their first bowl game in 25 years. The Ponies had a 21-7 lead at halftime, but the Midshipmen came roaring back to take a 35-28 lead with 9:11 left in the game. SMU struck back, though, forcing overtime with a Bo Levi Mitchell TD pass to Aldrick Robinson with just 1:35 left. In overtime, SMU kicker (and former aggy) Matt Szymanski missed a field goal before Navy made theirs to take the game.

College Gameday in Provo

Gameday will be in Provo this weekend for the TCU/BYU game. I shit you not. Not sure if this means we will be able to snake our way onto ESPN/ABC, but it sure would be nice. Here's the proof...


#1 play on ESPN...I would say the guy is slightly talented.