Monday, November 9, 2009

Saturday Weather Outlook

A few days ago, it looked as if Hurricane Ida might end up dumping rain all over Fort Worth the day of the Utah game. Now that Ida is taking a more easterly path, though, things look quite a bit better. Weather.com is calling for a high of 72 on Saturday, with an overnight low of 55 and a 20% chance of rain Saturday night. We'll keep you updated throughout the week.

Frogs Wipe Up Aztecs


I made a vow to donate $1 for every point we beat the Aztecs and by golly I’m sticking to it.

Couldn’t feel any better about donating $43 dollars to this organization.

I know some of you out there were going to follow in my footsteps, and even if you can’t scrounge up the $43 anything helps.

Go Frogs

Final thoughts on the San Diego State game

- If you needed any more confirmation that the new offensive coordinators have been an upgrade, the two long touchdown throws to Ryan Christian should've provided that for you. How in the world were we ever using that guy as a tailback? He is finally being put in position to maximize his contribution to the team.

-How silly does that ref feel for throwing that unsportsmanlike flag on Dalton? After his 1st rushing touchdown, Dalton pointed to a blue wristband that he was wearing, prompting the 15-yard penalty. Turns out, Dalton was wearing the wristband to show support for Dick Winder, the former TCU Quarterbacks coach who's granddaughter has been diagnosed with leukemia.

-Speaking of Dalton, how confident does he look nowadays? He might not have the same numbers as some of the more well-known quarterbacks in the country, but real quick- make a list of quarterbacks that you'd rather have than him. It's pretty short, isn't it?

-Can anyone stop the Frogs' Three-Headed Monster at tailback? Turner, Tucker & Wesley combined for 217 yards and 3 TDs on 34 carries Saturday. With Wesley & Tucker being freshmen and Waymon James and Aundre Dean (and maaaybe Dwight Smith?) ready to join the fold next season, look for the Frogs to use fresh running backs to wear down their opponents for years to come.

-I'm not usually one to complain about Versus, but did anyone else notice that when they came back for the 2nd half, the score graphic said "UNLV 31, TCU 6" ? That's, uh, that's pretty poor.

-Redshirt freshman linebacker Greg Burks had a tremendous hit on kickoff coverage. Burks has been somewhat of a forgotten man at LB since Tanner Brock and Kenny Cain appear to have passed him on the depth chart, but that hit has to remind you that he's still a hell of a player and just how deep the Frogs are at LB.

-Hearing that junior safety Colin Jones didn't make the trip to San Diego because he re-aggravated the hamstring that kept him out earlier in the year made me a little worried. Then his fill-in, fellow junior Tyler Lutrell, made one of the more impressive interceptions I've seen in quite some time.

Here are the highlights:

Game Awards - TCU v. SDSU

Is this really happening? Somebody please pinch me. #4 in the country, College Gameday not once but twice doing a TCU game including a trip to little old Fort Worth? I will have to admit I really thought SDSU was a trap game and I was very nervous that we would come out flat looking ahead to Utah, but I was wrong. Obviously I underestimated GP's motivational skills. This edition will be short because all focus needs to now be on Saturday.

Defensive Player of the Game

Our linebackers once again stepped it up in this one. Tank and DWash had a combined 15 tackles and held yet another to team to less than 100 yards rushing. All that being said I think Greg McCoy really came into his own stepping in for Priest. He had 4 tackles, one pass break up and a great pick on a badly under thrown ball.

Offensive Player of the Game

Is there any thing Andy Dalton can't do? He again took over a game with two passing TDs and two rushing, and probably could have added two more if he really wanted to. I just can't belive that he is not a finalist for the Davey Obrien. That is a slap in the face of greatness.

Special Teams Player of the Game

Ross Evans looked pretty good coming into the biggest game he has ever played. Nailing a short one from 25 and then a bomb from 48. His confidence looks good.

Play of the Game

Dalton's TD run from 13 might not have been the most exciting play of the game, but it was the play of the game. He found the hole on the right and took it right in, and then pointed to his wrist recieving a flag in the process. It took a while before we found out what he was pointing to, but turns out it was a bracelet honoring his old QB coach's granddaughter who is fighting cancer. What a class act. And to reiterate the announcers, what has college football become when you get a flag just for pointing to your wrist.

Super Fan of the Game

WWHD is on one of the great quests of all time. He has made it to every Frog game this season, even if that means he has to go at it all by himself (which he did this weekend at SDSU). I have to rank this quest right up there with Columbus crossing the Atlantic, Lewis and Clark traveling the US from the Pacific coast and back, and Sir Edmund Hillary climbing Mount Everest.

I will leave you with this new video on the Nike Pro Combat uniform:

Frog Cake





Went to a Frog wedding this weekend and thought I'd share the Groomsman's cake with you Spitblooder's.
When I eventually get married, I don't know how I am going to one up all of these cakes we have posted on here. They just keep getting bigger and more extravagant and I have to assume they cost a fortune.
I like the artistic freedom the "Ace of Cakes" took with this one. Also, you can't tell from this picture, but this thing was at least 6 feet long.

Enjoy.

No, not the former A&M running back

If you're venturing to Fort Worth this weekend for the football game, you might also check out the first game of the 2009-2010 basketball season Friday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Gofrogs.com is introducing TCU fans to each of the six newcomers on Coach Jim Christian's squad this year. Today, it's JUCO transfer Greg Hill.

Utah game SOLD OUT

As of about 15 minutes ago, all reserved seats for the Utah game have been sold and there is a very limited number of standing-room only tickets left. Looks like if you don't have a ticket already, you'll be paying a scalper!

Strength of Schedule Watch: Week 10 recap

This may have been the best week of the season so far for the Frogs' strength of schedule. A lot of important wins by TCU opponents, as well as Oregon falling victim to Stanford:

What went right:
Clemson 40, Florida State 24
-Going into the 4th quarter down 24-21 with CJ Spiller limping, Clemson's hopes for their first ACC Title since 1991 seemed to be, once again, going up in smoke. But the Tigers erupted for 19 unanswered points to take down the Seminoles and grab the reigns in the ACC's Coastal Division. All that's standing in their way of their 1st trip to the ACC Title Game is NC State and Virginia.

Utah 45, New Mexico 14
-While a loss to the Lobos would've exposed major flaws in the Utes that would have me feeling a lot better about this weekend's game, it also would've been a blow to TCU's postseason resume, since Utah would've surely dropped from the rankings. But Ute tailbacks Eddie Wide and Sausan Shakerin both went for 100+ yards and true freshman QB Jordan Wynn threw for nearly 300 in a blowout win.

BYU 52, Wyoming 0
-Anytime your team goes out and kills someone by a score of 38-7 and then they win their next game 52-0, you've got to feel pretty good. Max Hall was nearly flawless (20 of 22 passing for 312 yards and 4 TD's) in leading the Cougars to the route. The best news is that BYU has moved back into the Top 25 of the BCS.

Air Force 35, Army 7
-With the attention of ESPN's Game Day on the campus of the Air Force Academy, the Falcons ran all over their service academy counterparts from West Point to improve to 6-4 on the season, making them the 4th MWC team to become bowl-eligible and showing that Colorado Springs is not an easy place to win.

SMU 31, Rice 28
-The Mustangs blocked two field goals (returning one of them for a touchdown) and an extra point as they outlasted the winless Owls in front of a homecoming crowd of 15,475 in Dallas. With the win, the Mustangs improve to 5-4 on the season. SMU actually helping TCU's strength of schedule? Imagine that!

Texas State 27, Central Arkansas 24
-Bobcat QB Bradley George was pretty solid, throwing for 301 yards and 3 TD's, the last of which was a 24-yarder with :27 seconds left to win it. With the road win, the Bobcats kept pace with the rest of the logjam atop the Southland standings at 4-1 in conference, 6-3 overall.

Neutral:
UNLV 35, Colorado State 16
-What happened to the Rams? After their 3-0 start to the season, they've now lost 7 straight and have been eliminated from bowl contention. The Rebels, at 4-6 now, still have a small chance at getting there, however.

What went wrong:
Miami 52, Virginia 17
-While Virginia has been able to sneak up on a few teams this year, the boys down at "The U" weren't having any of it. UVA actually led early, 10-3, but then the Canes erupted and downed the Wahoos by a score very reminiscent of Super Bowl XXVII. UVA is probably staying at home this bowl season, unless they can somehow win out against Boston College, Clemson and Virginia Tech.

Morning Dump

TCU, up to No. 4, knows what's at stake Star-Telegram

ESPN College Gameday coming to TCU GoFrogs.com

TCU waits for Gators, Tide or Horns to slip Detroit Free Press

TCU will wear special "Pro Combat" uniforms Saturday
NBC 5

TCU, Cincinnati face stiff tests Washington Post

TCU showdown has BCS, conference implications
Deseret News

Stakes just as high in rematch Salt Lake Tribune

Whitt should have gone with Wynn from start Salt Lake Tribune

David Hawthorne a quick study filling in for Seahawks injured Lofa Tatupu
Seattle Times