Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oregon State at JerryWorld?

Been awhile since I've posted, but I'll be back after it once this semester ends. Got some good stuff today though. Today, there was a welcome party for Chris Del Conte for a lot of city of Fort Worth bigwigs. At the party, one of the Cowboys Stadium higher ups said the stadium would be proud to host the Horned Frogs next year.

Right now, the university is in final talks with a Pac 10 team for the game. It is NOT UCLA or Cal, who I was told wanted no part of the deal. It would be on Labor Day, much like BYU this year.

Stay tuned...

Strength of Schedule Watch: Week 12

Game of the Week:
Clemson (7-3) vs. Virginia (3-7) (2:30pm Saturday, ABC Regional/ESPN 360)
-I guess you never really want to root too hard for one of your OOC opponents to lose, but Virginia hasn't done anything all year so I say forget them. With a win here, Clemson would clinch their Division in the ACC and would be on their way to the ACC Championship game for the first time ever. Clearly, we should all be big Clemson fans in this game and for the rest of the year.

Others:
SMU (6-4) at Marshall (5-5) (3:30pm Saturday)
-With just a home game against hapless Tulane remaining for the Mustangs after this weekend, this tough road game against the Thundering Herd represents their biggest obstacle towards getting to the CUSA Championship game. Who would've thought they'd be in this situation?

Air Force (7-4) at BYU (8-2) (2:30pm Saturday, CBS-College)
-With the Cougars currently ranked in the Top 25, we all hope they can take care of business against the visiting Falcons. But judging from TCU's visit to each school, I'm not so sure that Air Force isn't the better of the two squads. A win here for BYU goes a long way towards sending them to their 104th consecutive Las Vegas Bowl and actually, keeps their extremely slim hopes of a conference championship alive.

San Diego State (4-6) at Utah (8-2) (3:00pm Saturday, Versus)
-The big question here is obviously how the Utes respond to the curb-stomping they took in Fort Worth last Saturday. Obviously, since they are in the Top 25, we would all prefer that they stay that way. But with an SDSU win, the Aztecs would keep alive their slim hopes of being the 5th (or even 6th) bowl-eligible team from the Mountain West.

Colorado State (3-7) at New Mexico (0-10) (5:00pm Saturday, The Mtn)
-Talk about a pillow fight! The Rams have dropped their last 7 games, while the Lobos are mired in a 14-game losing streak that extends back to last October. Neither of these teams are going bowling this year, so I suppose I'd like to see New Mexico get off the schnide before they come to Fort Worth next weekend. They did put up a pretty good fight against BYU last week, so maybe this is their week.

Texas State (6-4) vs. Sam Houston (5-5) (2:00pm Saturday)
-I'm definitely too lazy to look into tie-break scenarios in the Southland Conference, but I believe with a win and some help the Bobcats still may have a prayer of going to the I-AA playoffs. You probably care even less than I do.

UNLV (4-7) is off this week and without a coach after Mike Sanford was fired.

Remembering the Frogs' previous trips to Laramie

With the Frogs making their third trip to Laramie as a member of the MWC this weekend, let's look back at the last two:

October 8, 2005: TCU 28, Wyoming 14
-With their fluke loss to SMU well behind them, the '05 Frogs were 3-0 in their first-ever Mountain West campaign (and 4-1 overall) when they made the trip to Wyoming to meet the 4-1 Cowboys. The Frogs got on the board first with a 1-yard touchdown by Robert Merrill, but the Frogs offense would not control the game by any means. Wyoming out-gained the Frogs by 36 yards, but Cowboy QB Corey Bramlet threw four interceptions and Robert Henson returned a Wyoming fumble 22 yards for a score to help TCU escape with their 5th victory of the year.

October 6, 2007: Wyoming 24, TCU 21
-After the early-season losses to Texas and Air Force, the '07 Frogs looked to be getting back on track having beaten SMU and Colorado State heading into their trip to Laramie. But this would prove to be yet another of the "What if?" games that plagued the entire 2007 season. Trailing 7-6 at the half, the Frogs fell apart in the 3rd quarter and found themselves behind 24-6 with 8:00 minutes left in the game. But then Andy Dalton threw touchdown passes to Ervin Dickerson and Bart Johnson to close the gap to 24-21. The Frogs then forced Wyoming into a three & out and got the ball back at their own 20 with 1:17 remaining and no timeouts. Dalton completed passes to Jimmy Young, Bart Johnson, Walter Bryant and finally Aaron Brown to set up a game-tying 48-yard field goal attempt by Chris Manfredini. Unfortunately, the kick hit the right upright and the Cowboys prevailed.

New Richard Justice Blog

He finally says something right.

Someone Should Tell TCU Fans, I'm Just a Douchebag

Morning Dump

TCU coach expects more out of defense Star-Telegram

Wednesdays with Coach Christian: Making progress
Star-Telegram

Gary Patterson won't campaign for TCU WFAA



TCU demands national recognition Dallas Observer

No. 4 TCU heads to Laramie to tangle with Wyoming
Sports Network

Spotlight on...Texas Christian Philadelphia Daily News

What would happen if TCU played the Gators? Orlando Sentinel

TCU's visit gives UW fans unique opportunity
Wyoming Tribune Eagle

A look at TCU's bowl scenario ESPN

What to watch for week 12 ESPN

What to watch for non-AQs, week 12 ESPN