Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Jeff Ballard story is one that plays right out of the pages of a Disney screenplay. From third team QB, to the long time back up to the consistently injured heir appointed Tye Gunn, to one of the all time great QBs to play for the Frogs. In just two seasons as the starter, Ballard became fourth all-time in career passer in yards (4,621) and the first in career completion percentage (61.1).
He finished his career with 27 passing TDs and 16 rushing TDs, as well as a host of other TCU records including most TDs in a game (6, Twice); Completion Pct. in a game (87.0 v SDSU); Completion Pct. in a season (61.9 - 2006); Interception Avoidance Percentage for Career (2.2); Consecutive Pass Completions (14); and, Consecutive Passes w/o an int. (154).
All those records aside, his greatest stat is unarguably 19-2. That was his record as the TCU starting QB. Those 19 wins also include two bowl victories. One was the nail biter against Iowa State and the other was the throttling of Northern Illinois. In those two bowl games he accounted for 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 pass) and close to 560 yards. Ballard finished with all-conference honors in both seasons he played, as well as becoming only the fourth two time winner of the Rogers Trophy (for TCU MVP).
Even with all he accomplished, I think I can still hear the student section heckling him for throwing the ball away too often.
I have to admit, I don't know a whole lot about Rags, seeing as how be played a decade before the likes of Sammy Baugh and Davey O'Brien, but here goes. Rags was a force to be reckoned with on the D-line. An intimidating six foot frame packed with 176 pounds of badass Matthews was the first SWC player selected to play in the East-West Shrine game and in 1969 Matthews was inducted in to the college football hall of fame. The Fort Worth native was elected the teams most valuable player in 1926 and 1927 and in 1927 Matthews became TCU's first ever AP all-American.
Defensive line still a strong point for TCU Star-Telegram
TCU's Dalton a winner set to pass 'Slingin Sammy' AP
Top 10 Texas football teams Dallas Morning News
10th annual Herbie Awards ESPN
Gary Patterson: keep climbing the mountain ESPN
Collins moves from safety to linebacker Gazette Times
Oregon State football team ready for a challenging opener Gazette Times
Riley says "Katz knows what he's doing" and that will be a must against a loaded TCU defense Oregonian
How big is this game? Katz may suspend his twitter Oregonian
Oregon State QB Katz wants no distractions heading into showdown with TCU USA Today
Oregon State in position to impact Pac-10, BCS races in 2010 Sports Illustrated
Mormon decision day:
It's almost decision time for BYU Provo Daily Herald
The decision: please make it known today BYU Provo Daily Herald
Cougars remain quiet as MWC deadline closes in Deseret News
Court's in session with Hank Thorns GoFrogs.com
TCU women announce conference, TV schedules GoFrogs.com
New historical marker celebrates TCU's 100 year partnership with Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Monday, August 30, 2010
I kind of wish we were playing
1) Presidential Hate-
Craig Robinson, head basketball coach for
2) Meat-Head Hate-
Is that you Jared Allen? No, that's just a drunk nudist.
Tyler Parick Thomas, the drunken, mullety, ogre of a reserve Offensive Lineman mentioned in previous weeks for his arrest, has been dismissed from the team. First of all, if you are getting dismissed from the team for something like this, then clearly you are not that important. Look at
3) Hat Hate-
Get it? Like a vagina?!?
Yeah, game hats that say COCKS, or FU, or BEAVERS are hilarious…if you’re in middle school! I can gladly say I never owned one of these hats, probably because my dad would’ve thrown it in the fireplace and then made me do child labor for a month if I ever tried to leave the house with one on, but now that I’m a mature adult (haha) I am really glad I didn’t own one. The hat itself with its catchy sexual innuendo was bad enough, but then there were the guys who would scrape the bill along some concrete to give it the Abercrombie frayed look. Yikes. It was the mid-90’s version of the Von Dutch hat. I hated it, and I’m glad I don’t see it anymore. And the thing is, growing up in
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
"And I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids
and that damn dog"---Cecil Samuelson (BYU President)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Up next: A high school QB who came to TCU and became an all-American at a different position.
So why does he get the nod over his cousin? Simple. In 2003 (when the Frogs went 11-2) Bo went out of his mind. He finished that season with 17 sacks (yes that's right, 17) which puts him as the all-time leader for sacks in season (Aaron is the closest to him with 10 in 1999). He also finished '03 with sack yardage of 101 (another record), and yards lost tackling or 120 (another record). He ended up a second-team All American after '03 as well as first team all conference.
Mark Mangino, 1956
Jamal Lewis, 1979
Macaulay Culkin, 1980
On this day:
In 580, the Chinese invent toilet paper. (Best invention ever?)
In 1939, the first major league baseball game is telecast. Reds vs. Brooklyn Dodgers.
In 1973, University of Texas (Arlington) becomes the 1st accredited school to offer belly dancing.
Weird News of the Day!!
Australian Police have been unable to recommend a prosecution for the following scam:
A company takes out a newspaper advertisement claiming to be able to supply imported hard core pornographic videos. As their prices seem reasonable, people place orders and make payments via check. After several weeks, the company writes back explaining that under the present law they are unable to supply the materials and do not wish to be prosecuted. So they return their customers' money in the form of a company check. However, due to the name of the company, few people will present these checks to their banks. The name of the company:
"The Anal Sex and Fetish Perversion Company."
And a little bonus:
Ronnie – New Mexico. While most of the cast members have seemingly figured out in season two that they can still fill their roles on the show without coming across as complete jerk offs, Ron Ron is still going out to the clubs, getting hammered, diving on grenades and alienating himself from the rest of the housemates to the point that I'm pretty sure someone in the house is going to take him deep sea fishing and give him the Fredo treatment. Ronnie is completely unstable and if he does any more blow or sticks another syringe of HGH in his ass, he's going to pop like an overstuffed tick. By comparison, New Mexico Head Coach Mike Locksley walks around acting like a roided up juice head by punching out his assistants and sexually harassing his secretaries, all the while the rest of the conference realizes the positive foothold the MWC has on the national scene and adjusts accordingly, leaving the Lobos in the dust. Mike Locksley is definitely the President of the MWC's Chapter of the I.F.F.
Angelina –BYU. This was the easiest one. Angelina started strong in season one, showing up with nothing but the trash bags in her hands and going toe to toe with the rest of the housemates, only to abruptly leave the house and strike out on her own. But, when everyone else started gaining more notoriety and getting paid, she came crawling back, only to make an ass of herself and end up being even more disliked in the process. I’m pretty sure you can substitute “BYU” for “Angelina” and the entire scenario works out accordingly. When the MWC first started, the Cougars were on level ground with everyone else, and probably even more so than most. But while they sat back and took themselves out of the national scene by dropping games they shouldn't have, the rest of their cast – Utah to the Pac 10, TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. Boise State being invited– started passing them by, gave them no respect, and they tried to strike out on their own. Unfortunately for the Cougars, they learned the hard way that sometimes it’s easier to further your own success by riding the coattails of the rest of the group, so they returned, only to be spurned by everyone after they talked a bunch of shit to J420 and Johnny Yanks, ie the WAC, while absent. Now, the Cougars are back in the mix, but even after they admit that they did wrong, no one likes them
JWoWW – Oregon State. In season one of Jersey Shore, JWoww, despite her provactive fashion sense,was, for lack of a better term, banged up lookin’ And I don’t mean that in a, “well, she needs a few tweaks here and there and she could potentially be serviceable,” I mean, “Girl had a skunk weave, the silliest looking boob job I’ve ever seen, and the intelligence of a retarded dolphin.” There are Vietnamese hookers most people would ride bareback before even considering Jenni. In other words, she had a ways to go. But, after experiencing her season of success, someone obviously got in touch with her and she lost the skunk weave, stopped trying to pass lingerie off as evening attire, and pretty took some attention off her her face by further accenting her "girls." Much like JWoWW, Oregon State are a bunch of blue collar folks who took some beatings before hiring a successful strategist – in the case, Mike Riley – covering up their black eyes and bruises with some heavy make up – swapping non conference losses by beating up on USC – and bought themselves some fancy new “girls” in the Rogers Brothers. In reality though, I could’ve just mentioned “JWoWW” and “Beavers” and left it at that and you would’ve gotten the point, right?
Vinny – Baylor. In season one, Vinny was the non-threatening house member that, while he occasionally stepped out from behind his harmless façade and challenged the Sitaution, was more or less never taken seriously and was probably the least interesting cast member in the series. Fast forward to season two, and Vinny has a new haircut, new cocky attitude, spanking new trashy tat and an unhealthly alliance with Pauly D and The Situation, known as MVP. Apparently Vinny’s publicist informed him that nice guys finish last when it comes to book deals and endorsements. Like Vinny, since the Big 12 was formed Baylor has always been the non- threatening cast member that would occasionally step out of line and beat aggy, but has still never had a winning record in conference play. Now? Baylor got tired of watching the conference members rack up wins and paydays, got themselves a new haircut – Art Briles – and new, personality defining tattoo – Robert Griffin – and are hoping to be the third wheel in the OU/UT Big 12 South entourage. BOT if you will. But, your past will always catch up to you and, much like Vinnie eventually got drunk and banged out Snooki despite looking like he was going to make a name for himself, the Bears, amidst the highest of expectations, lost Robert Griffin for the season and collapsed back into mediocrity. The Bears eventually had to beg their more popular friends to help them get laid by giving them their money to keep the Big 12 together, much like Vinny’s future will most certainly involve begging the Situation and Pauly to let him be their wing man and fall on any grenades that roll his way.
Snooki - SMU. Snooki is small, she looks like a troll, she’s northeast trash of the worst kind and she most likely has some serious daddy issues. SMU is small time, their athletic success is about as attractive as a troll’s ass, they’re filled with a bunch of trash from the northeast – much like Snooki (wink wink)– and, they most certainly have daddy issues with the NCAA due to the whole Death Penalty thing. Besides, they may run their mouths a lot about how classy and relevant they are, but at the end of the night they end up spreading their legs for the drunk guy at the bar, aka CUSA teams, anyway.
Pauly D - San Diego State. Because I imagine most of their student body sports gelled hair and dingaling piercings. That's really all I have - Pauly is actually kind of normal.
Sammi – Tennessee Tech. This was probably the hardest one to match because both are completely irrelevant and boring, but, for the sake of finishing I pressed on. Sammi is easily the most insufferable member of the cast and I’m pretty sure she’s just around as some sort of sadistic side bet made by Ronnie as to how many times he can tell her he hates her and then come home and smush her. And I think Sammi is in on it; she shows up, parties in Miami for a couple of months, gets banged out, then collects her payday and goes on her way. Let’s look at Tennessee Tech’s non-conference opponents over the past few seasons: TCU, Arkansas, Kansas State, Georgia, Louisville, Auburn. You know the scene in that movie Road Trip where Tom Green asks the girl that was only cast in that movie because she took her clothes off and let that guy lick her toes, “Are you here for the feeding?” Well, yeah, that pretty much sums up every single non-conference game for Tennessee Tech. They show up, get smushed by a much larger force of nature, take their money and then live the rest of their lives out how they see fit. They pimp themselves out more aggressively than Laurence Fishburne’s daughter.
So, hope you guys enjoyed that because from here on out its football football football! Eh, who am I trying to kid - if I figure out a way to incorporate Arrested Development or Wet Hot American Summer into a post, I'm going for it. Go Frogs.
Bowl loss pushes Dalton, offense to improve on last year's effort Star-Telegram
Some changes, but TCU expects another tough defensive unit Star-Telegram
Horned Frogs' fans need to step up for opener Star-Telegram
TCU aiming to dominate again, ending with BCS repeat Star-Telegram
Doak Walker watch list includes two from TCU Star-Telegram
Top 10 running backs in Texas Fox Sports Southwest
-I hope our running backs read this
Air Force seeks higher altitude in Mountain West USA Today
Sources: BYU to stay in Mountain West Denver Post
Answers to 10 Beaver questions Portland Tribune
Day 15 at Oregon State Oregonian
Day 15 - Double days are in books OSUBeavers.com
Garrett's quick rise paying off for Panthers Lufkin Daily News
Linebacker Jason Phillip's status in question despite good play Baltimore Sun
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
His name is all over the TCU defensive record books. Most notably as the Frog's all time career sack leader (31). He is also first in yards lost tackling for a career (315); second on the sacks in a season (10 in '99); third in yards lost tackling in a season (113 in '98); and third in sack yardage in a season (65 in '98). As we all know, Aaron has gone on to great things in the NFL, racking up 67 sacks,2 picks, and two pro bowl appearances in his seven seasons with the bills.
Up next, this player overlapped with Aaron on the other side of the defense line for the 2000 season.
The first of the 4 new additions to the top 30 countdown, this 4-time all conference and freshman all-american struck fear into an opposing offense. While he didn't overwhelm the stat books like some of the other members of our list, his play on game day and ability to intimidate the opposition to its soul makes him very high on our list. I mean how many players would cut themselves intentionally to make themselves bleed just for shock factor?
Post Frogdom, he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens (known for their tenacious defenses) in the 5th round of the 2009 draft.
Number 18 brings us to our second and final kicker. Nick Browne, a two sport star, and the 2003 Playboy All-American was one of the most prolific kickers in TCU History. Browne holds the school record field goals in a career (65) and field goals in a game (5 on two occasions) . The two-time Academic All-American led C-USA in scoring his senior year and was a first team All-American according to the Football Writers Association.
New York Times Article on Browne
Blackwell went on to play two years in the NFL, appearing in 16 games as a rookie for the Chicago bears. As the all time receptions leader Blackwell has certainly set the precedent for receiving tight-ends at TCU.
Kelly Blackwell works as director of Internet sales at Five Star Ford in North Richland Hills
Here is a good article about Kelly deciding to leave the game of football.
If you read all the way to the bottom you will learn that Dave "Mustache" Wannstedt is to blame for Blackwell's abrupt ending to his NFL career.
Sean Connery, 1930.
Billy Ray Cyrus, 1961
Marvin Harrison, 1972
On this day:
In 1922, the Cubs beat the Phillies 26-23 in baseball’s highest scoring game.
In 1960, the AFL begins putting names on the back of the jerseys.
In 1985, Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest pitcher at 19 to win 20 games in a season.
It Took Me Five Years To Notice I Was Shot In the Head!
A 35-year-old German man was shot in the head -- and he didn't even notice until FIVE YEARS LATER! Police say our friend was apparently hit in the head by a .22 caliber bullet on New Year's Eve 2005! He recalled getting a blow to the head but he was out on the street partying and drunk at the time so never really paid much attention. The bullet did not penetrate the skull, and the guy only went to see a doctor recently when he felt a lump on the back of his head. An X-ray showed an object under his skin and doctors operated and found the bullet. Police theorize it may have been a stray bullet fired by a reveler in celebration. (myway.com)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sir Daniel Gooch, 1816, laid first successful transatlantic cables (Couldn’t resist)
Cal Ripken Jr., 1960
Dave Chappelle, 1973
On this day:
In 1869, the waffle iron is invented.
In 1989, Pete Rose receives a life suspension from baseball for gambling.
In 1992, the Cleveland Brown suffer their worst preseason loss to Vikings, 56-3
Weird News of the Day!!
Wrong Time To Call Police!
In McComb, Mississippi, 28-year-old Denonta D. Thadison called police to report that $10,000 had been stolen from his hotel room. The good news is the police came right over and found the money -- stuffed in the hotel room's microwave oven. The bad news is right next to the money they also found more than two pounds of crack and powdered cocaine! That of course means Mr. Thadison and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Thashedrea Seals, were arrested and charged with possession. Worse -- Miss Seals' 16-month-old son was in the hotel room at the time, and is now in the custody of the Department of Human Services. (Clarion Ledger)
Yesterday I pooh pooh’d the chances of an undefeated season for the AP Top 10 teams not called TCU; today I’ll finish out all 25. I’ll probably be a little more brief with the remaining 15 teams because, what the heck am I really going to say about North Carolina? And does anyone even know if Penn State has a living, breathing Coach?
Also, not sure if I was clear yesterday, but all I’m trying to do is determine when I think each team will lose their first game, thus putting TCU in the driver’s seat as the only undefeated team in the country, and not attempting to pick each loss per team.
#11 Oregon Ducks
Potential Pitfalls: 9/11 @ Tennessee, 10/2 vs. Stanford, 10/30 @ #14 USC, 12/4 @ #24 Oregon State.
When They Fall: Oregon being ranked this high, to me, is the biggest outlier in the entire Top 25. I can accept Nebraska because there’s always that hype team every single year that is over-ranked and ends up finishing with 3 losses and a low 20s ranking, and while I have no respect for Iowa, I get that half the voters attended a Big Ten school and overrated the hell out of those guys. But Oregon? Really? A team that lost its quarterback to the law and then to Houston Nutt? A team whose starting running back is suspended for beating up a lady? A team who, were they not owned by Nike Founder Phil Knight, would be Washington State? Please. All of those games are loseable, but I’m throwing spitpurple a bone here and saying they drop that week 2 game to the Vols. Predicted Fall: Week 2.
#12 Wisconsin Badgers
Potential Pitfalls: 9/4 @ UNLV, 10/16 vs. #2 Ohio State, 10/23 @ #9 Iowa.
When They Fall: Really wishing I had that Ohio State pick back from yesterday, but seeing as how I’ve already locked myself in, the only solution left is for the Badgers to beat OSU and then drop their game next week against Iowa in your much ballyhooed “letdown game.” Had to toss UNLV in there for some conference love, and based on their previous history the Rebels typically fare pretty well against early, non-conference games against BCS teams, but I don’t see it happening this year. Predicted Fall: Week 8.
#13 Miami Hurricanes
Potential Pitfalls: 9/11 @ #2 Ohio State, 9/23 @ #15 Pitt, 10/23 @ #18 UNC, 11/20 vs. #10 Virginia Tech.
When They Fall: Again, due to previous info, the Canes drop their week 2 game against Ohio State. So, in other Miami Hurricanes news, Jimmy Johnson will be on the next season of Survivor. Unfortunately for all you Cowboys haters, he has already returned from Nicaragua, so he didn’t’ die from lack of hair products or starvation. I’ve never watched Survivor, but may have to give it a chance. At least it’ll give me something to wash the Entourage flavor out of my mouth. This week's 'sode almost made me hate Mark Cuban for being associated with it. Almost. Although if they want to complete the then Dallas sports owners trifecta, invite Tom Hicks on and have Sasha Grey R him to death, then I'm fine with that. Predicted Fall: Week 2.
#14 USC Trojans
Potential Pitfalls: 10/9 @ Stanford, 10/30 vs. #11 Oregon.
When They Fall: Well, technically they already have as they’re ineligible for bowl play, so let me pose this question: Shouldn’t we root for them to go undefeated, finish #1 in the AP Poll, but then have to relinquish their spot in the BCS National Championship due to ineligibility? That’s MUCH worse than losing 2-3 games this year. This would be equivalent to Dustin Johnson making his putt on 18 last week and THEN finding out he had illegally grounded his club, but times 50. To be the first undefeated team in the BCS era to not get invited to the big one because of cheating? That’s really something to get excited about right there. Couldn't happen to a better group of guys. But, they’re losing to Stanford anyway. Predicted Fall: When Reggie Bush signed his letter of intent.
#15 Pitt Panthers
Potential PITTfalls: 9/2 @ Utah, 9/23 vs. #13 Miami, 10/9 @ Notre Dame, 11/26 vs. #25 West Virginia.
When They Fall: Much like Iowa, Pitt is one of those teams that gets a ton of credit for more or less accomplishing nothing year after year. Sure, Dave Wannstedt has recruited some solid talent to Ben Rapeslithbergersylvania over the years, but what has he done with it? He wasn’t even around when Utah blasted them in the Fiesta Bowl, and his team two years ago screwed the conference out of National Championship money when they beat West Virginia in the last game of the season. So for that, I’m calling them to be the first team of the 2010 season to fall next Thursday against the Utes. As much as I enjoy Utah not getting the same respect in the AP as they did in the Coaches Poll, I would LOVE for them to be undefeated heading into November 6 so we can give them a swift kick in the ass out of the MWC. Predicted Fall: Week 1.
#16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Potential Pitfalls: 9/11 @ Kansas, 9/18 @ #18 North Carolina, 10/23 @ Clemson, 11/4 @ #10 Virginia Tech, 11/13 vs. #13 Miami, 11/27 @ #23 Georgia.
When They Fall: With the ACC somehow sneaking five teams into the Top 25 and my belief that there’s no way any of those teams lose fewer than two games a piece, picking the first dropped game becomes increasingly difficult to predict as we move along. But, it’s the duty I’ve been tasked with, so pick away I must. (Randomly points to a name on the schedule) Clemson? Sure, why not. Predicted Fall: Week 8.
#17 Arkansas Razorbacks
Potential Pitfalls: With this defense, can I say every week? 9/18 @ #23 Georgia, 9/25 vs. #1 Alabama, 10/9 @ aggy, 10/16 @ #22 Auburn, 10/23 vs. Ole Miss, 11/27 vs. #21 LSU.
When They Fall: My natural inclination here is to go for an undefeated season and a Frogs/Hogs National Championship matchup just to see how much fun Christmas vacation would be with my dad while we anticipated the battle. Santa would probably leave a lump of something in my stocking, and it wouldn't be coal. Unfortunately though, as good as the Hogs offense should be, the SEC is just too rough for them to pull off an undefeated season. But, I think they keep the dream alive for a while and give their fanbase a ton of hope, only to lose to the hated Houston Nutt in October. I realize Ole Miss is extremely unproven, but I know all too well how Nutt always has that one game up his sleeve where he pulls out a win despite having no business to do so, and I’m afraid this year it will be the Razorbacks. With noted criminal Jeremiah Masoli under center, the Rebels received an unexpected boost this off-season and should field a pretty decent offensive attack. As much as we think we hate Texas and Mack Brown or SMU and June Jones, the way Arkansas fans feel about Ole Miss and Houston Nutt is well beyond criminally insane and he absolutely feeds off of that hate, so the vitriol should be absolutely flying. It’ll be a close one, but I’ve watched way too many Arkansas teams fall short of expectations to expect them to win even the games they’re supposed to win. Sorry, Hogs. Predicted Fall: Week 7.
# 18 North Carolina Tar Heels
Potential Pitfalls: 9/4 vs #23 LSU, 9/18 vs. #16 Georgia Tech.
When They Fall: Welp, that was easy. LSU. Predicted Fall: Week 1.
#19 Penn State Nittany Lions
Potential Pitfalls: 9/11 @ #1 Alabama.
When They Fall: Ditto the above. Alabama. They’ll be out of that game before JoPa can change his Ensure saturated diaper. Predicted fall: Week 2.
#20 Florida State Seminoles
Potential Pitfalls: 9/11 @ #7 Oklahoma, 9/18 vs. BYU, 10/9 @ #13 Miami, 11/27 vs. #4 Florida.
When They Fall: The pieces are starting to fall into place now, as due to Oklahoma’s section I have to pick the Noles to lose in Norman. But, back to the whole “Five ACC teams in the Top 25 thing,” why does the ACC get so much respect? It’s the most balanced conference in the entire country, and I mean that in an entirely negative way. Watching the ACC is more boring than watching the San Antonio Spurs run their offense. The ACC, like the Big Ten, is entirely the product of their contract with ESPN. How much do you hate ESPN for forcing Michigan State/Northwestern and Indiana/Illinois down your throat first thing Saturday morning, but hate yourself more for actually watching it? Same goes for all of those Thursday night Georgia Tech/Virginia or Boston College/Miami games. I understand they want their product to be more attractive to the casual viewer, but how can they take themselves seriously? Then again, after jumping the shark with the whole LeBron thing, I’m pretty sure ESPN just wakes up every morning, raises their middle fingers to the world, and goes about their business, as evidenced by Rick Reilly co-hosting Sportscenter this morning and the fact that Bill Simmons gets handsomely rewarded for pumping out Celtics and Red Sox nostalgia tales with just the proper peppering of Karate Kid references. And yes, I am bitter than we’re relegated to Versus and the mtn. while SMU and Houston get the ESPN treatment on a semi-regular basis.
#21 LSU Tigers
Potential Pitfalls: 9/6 @ #18 North Carolina, 9/25 vs. #25 West Virginia, 10/9 @ #4 Florida, 10/23 @ #22 Auburn, 11/6 vs. #1 Alabama, 11/27 @ #17 Arkansas.
When They Fall: LSU is always a tough team to gauge because even when they look golden, Les Miles mucks up the clock management or their overmatched QB throws a pick 6 to kill their chances. So with a highly suspect QB situation heading into the season, and the fact that they pick up Florida and Tennessee in the SEC East along with the more difficult than usual west schedule, this team is looking hard at a four loss season. At best. But, as the hat taketh away, the hat also giveth, and they’re sure to knock off someone silly along the way, which should also be attributed to the opposing team cowering in fear at the rageaholics putting voodoo hexes on them in Death Valley. I already said they would beat North Carolina to kick off the season, and they play a much improved Mississippi State team in week 3, but I’m looking hard at that matchup with West Virginia for a multitude of reasons, although its mostly because this could be the greatest matchup of fan bases ever. Backwoods? Check. Ravenous? Check. Unhealthy due to fried food consumption? Check. Probably had sex with a relative and/or a farm animal? check. Moonshine swillin’? Big check. Seriously, matching up the booze and meth filled Cajuns of Southern Louisiana with the booze and meth filled Mountain folk of the state of West Virginia will be a sight to behold and may actually have been prophesized somewhere in the book of Revelation. But, do you really want to bet against LSU in this situation on their own turf? Didn’t think so. So I’m going with Florida in October. Predicted Fall: Week 6.
#22 Auburn Tigers
Potential Pitfalls: 9/18 vs Clemson, 10/16 vs. #17 Arkansas, 10/23 vs. #21 LSU, 10/26 @ #1 Alabama.
When They Fall: Under the guidance of Gus Malzahn and Florida QB transfer Cam Newton, Auburn’s fans are pretty confident that this will be the year that they take a little bit of state momentum back from Alabama, who, after a decade of Tiger dominance, has pretty much run the place since the coming of Saban. The Auburn schedule sets up well as they somehow managed to book only four road games, with the only tough one coming against Alabama at the end of the year, unless you count Kentucky and Georgia. They get Mississippi State in Starkville during Week 2, and Clemson comes to town the following weekend, but I think the big one comes against Arkansas. The Hogs may not take out enemy #1 in Houston Nutt, but Malzahn is right behind him on their hit list and surely God will allow at least one victory over a major enemy. If not though, ole Gus better watch his text messages, because the Fayettecong are about hijacking some telecommunications. Predicted Fall: Week 7.
#23 Georgia Bulldogs
Potential Pitfalls: 9/11 @ South Carolina, 9/18 vs. #17 Arkansas, 10/9 vs Tennessee, 10/30 vs. #4 Florida, 11/13 @ #22 Auburn, 10/27 vs. #16 Georgia Tech.
When They Fall: Pretty interesting that you have three SEC teams ranked this low in the Top 25. Not that any of them necessarily deserve any more respect than they have, but if Nebraska can be ranked in the Top 10 despite not having named a starting QB, then there really isn’t any logical reason why a team like Georgia can’t be ranked higher than 23rd as they have named a QB and have a pretty good track record. But, thems the breaks I guess and, regardless of what I said a few seconds ago, the starting QB they have named is a youngun and has apparently not impressed in pre-season camp. So they’ve got that going for them. And, I already picked them to lose to Arkansas, so there you have it. Predicted Fall: Week 3.
#24 Oregon State Beavers
Potential Pitfalls: 9/4 vs. #6 TCU
When They Fall: Must you ask? Predicted Fall: When they step off the plane at Love Field.
#25 West Virginia Mountaineers
Potential Pitfalls: 9/25 @ #21 LSU
When They Fall: … and I’ve officially run out of steam. See Above. Predicted Fall: Week 4.
So, if you take my estimations into account from the entire Top 25, TCU should fully expect to be the only undefeated team in the country right around the time everyone is preparing to head home for Thanksgiving. Or it could be well before that. Or not at all. I don’t have all the answers. Leave me alone!
TCU coach Gary Patterson builds a great program, not just a great team Portland Tribune
Gary Patterson show returns Sept. 2 GoFrogs.com
TCU Camp '10: Dalton provides veteran leadership GoFrogs.com
OSU player dismissed from team after arrest Gazette Times
On going independent, luck of the Irish unlikely for BYU Salt Lake Tribune
Unsigned players give teams more hope Yahoo! Sports
Faces off the field: Austin Terry Lago Vista football player Austin American Statesman
Colts getting mixed results from rookie class AP
A Frog reunion in Seattle GoFrogs.com