Thursday, December 2, 2010

TCU's win against New Mexico and Boise's choke-job against Nevada made the ol' strength of schedule watch a little obsolete. But hey, we've come this far together, so it just didn't seem right to let the shake weight start collecting dust just yet. And besides, as we heard from Craig James, Rod Gilmore and the rest of the TCU haterz on ESPN Sunday night, it's not a lock that the Frogs leap into the championship game even with a loss by Oregon or Auburn.

Game of the Week:

Oregon State (5-6) vs. Oregon (11-0)...2:30pm Saturday on ABC
-Sir Wesley and I generally try to keep from stepping on each other's toes, so I'll leave the in-depth preview of this game up to him in his movement watch. Clearly, a win here for the Beavers would be pretty "dam" incredible (see what I did there?). It's a rivalry game, with the favorite on the road and the underdog needing the win to reach a bowl, so you never know...but I'm not holding my breath on this one.

Other TCU opponents in action this week:

SMU (7-5) at Central Florida (9-3)...11:00am Saturday on ESPN 2
-You're going to want to be rooting for the Ponies, just in case Auburn or Oregon lose and there's a question about whether or not the BCS powers that be want to give the Frogs their rightful shot at the title. Outside of the Oregon State game (which has a direct effect on things), it's one of the few games that could positively influence the Frogs' computer ranking this week. There's a lot beside just their possible first conference title since 1984 on the line for SMU in this one- win and they're headed to Memphis to play Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, lose and they're staying at home to play Army.

UNLV (2-10) at Hawaii (9-3)...9:30pm Saturday on
-Holy hell, this game would've been a headache had Boise survived their trip to Reno last weekend. The very last college football game before the final polls come out pitting one of TCU's weakest opponents against one of Boise's strongest? The thought of whatever hack announcers ESPN found to cover this game would be talking about in that scenario makes me shudder. Thankfully, this game matters about as much now as a Rockets' game. Zing!

Other games that are probably not really worth sweating unless the final BCS standings are really, reeeeally close:

Arizona State (5-6) at Arizona (7-4)...7:00pm tonight on ESPN
-If you're looking for a rooting interest in tonight's Grand Canyon State showdown, consider the FACT that Oregon has only beaten THREE bowl-eligible teams so far this year (compared to SIX for the Frogs...and Stanford has only beaten TWO!). Would anyone in the mainstream media bring that up? I doubt it, but that little bit of trivia would be a nice addition to any Frog fan's arsenal in the inevitable "you guys don't play anyone" arguments that are sure to erupt this holiday season with some goober you know from high school that went to some big state school.

Washington (5-6) at Washington State (2-9)...6:00pm Saturday on Versus
-See the game above for why this game is barely important. I think the alma mater of Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf owes me something after those two were complete disasters for the Cowboys, so perhaps the Wazzu flag that's at ESPN Game Day every week will finally bring them (and us) some luck.

The Game that matters so little that it's hilarious:

Oklahoma (10-2) vs. Nebraska (10-2) at Cowboys Stadium...7:00pm Saturday on ABC
-Big 12 Championship Game. Yawn.

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