Thursday, September 9, 2010

Strength of Schedule Watch, Week 2

While the Frogs aim to go 2-0 this weekend against Tennessee Tech, the rest of their 2010 opponents will be going to bat in support of TCU's strength of schedule. Let's take a look at this week's slate:

Game of the Week:

Colorado State (0-1) at Nevada (1-0)...9:30pm Saturday on ESPN-U
-For those of you with a full-blown case of Boise paranoia, this is especially for you. It's pretty simple...if Colorado State wins, TCU gets a boost in the eyes of the computers, as minimal as it my be, and if Nevada wins, Boise gets that boost. After their uuuugly loss to Colorado in the season opener, CSU desperately needs to avoid letting this season spiral out of control. And while Nevada will be a conference-mate of the Frogs soon enough, any wins they collect this year with 17th-year senior QB Colin Kaepernick will be in support of Boise State.

Other Games to Watch:

San Diego State (1-0) at New Mexico State (0-0)...7:00pm Saturday on ESPN3.com
-See explanation for Game #1. Another MWC vs. WAC match-up. SDSU looked good, albeit against a I-AA opponent last week, and hopefully they can continue their hot start against New Mexico State, who are curiously named the Aggies because...what the hell are they growing in New Mexico?

BYU (1-0) at Air Force (1-0)...3:00pm Saturday on Versus
-Normally conference games, with their SOS-neutrality, wouldn't rank very high on my games to watch this early in the season. But this creates your first guilt-free chance to lustily root against the Mormons. TCU needs Air Force to blossom into the program it's capable of in the "new" MWC, so why not have them start now?

SMU (0-1) vs. UAB (0-1)...7:00pm Saturday
-While the Frogs are playing their home opener against Watson Brown's team, the Ponies will be doing the same 30 miles to the east against Watson Brown's old team. Yes, it creates a conflict of interest when talking about rooting for SMU, but hey, it doesn't hurt as long as TCU still gets to beat up on them, right? They ought to win this one, as UAB lost to Florida Atlantic last week.

Baylor (1-0) vs. Buffalo (1-0)...6:00pm Saturday
-I feel the same way about Baylor as I do about SMU...I really loathe feeling like I have to root for them, but I suppose beating a winning Bears team does more for the Frogs' resume than beating a loser does. They warm up for next week's trip to Fort Worth against a Buffalo team who lost their old head coach, Fort Worth native Turner Gill, to bigger and better things at Kansas, who really flexed their Big 12 muscles in a 6-3 loss to North Dakota State last week.

UNLV (1-0) at Utah (1-0)...3:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-Again, this is a conference game so it's pretty much a wash in regards to strength of schedule. But with the Utes looking very impressive against Pitt last week, I'm willing to overlook their departure to the Pac 10 because I want the Frogs to have a ranked team on the upcoming schedule .

Hope for an Upset:

Wyoming (1-0) at Texas (1-0)...6:00pm Saturday
-This is the first of two weeks where even those of you that hate the NFL team that plays over in Arlington will probably gladly refer to yourselves as Cowboy fans. Wyoming, who teased us with a strong first half against UT in Laramie last year, plays Boise State next weekend. Both are the longest of long shots (especially after Wyoming barely got past Southern Utah last week), but I'm not sure in which game I'd rather see the Cowboys pull of a shocker.

New Mexico (0-1) vs. Texas Tech (1-0)...7:00pm Saturday
-If you think Austyn Carta-Samuels and the doo-doo browns going up against the nauseating orange is gonna be ugly, I don't think it has anything on this one. And yes, I definitely saw how "meh" the Red Raiders looked last week against SMU. New Mexico...is just not good.

Idle:

Oregon State's got this week off to lick their wounds (or whatever Beavers do) following their loss at JerryWorld last week. Be sure to break out your orange & black next weekend, though, when OSU returns to action against Louisville.

Frog Club Luncheon

Alright, so this was suppose to happen weekly last year, and I half assed it if not completely got drunk and forgot about it. This year will be different, in the future. Last week, well, same ol story, major points I remember season high 18,000 season tickets sold, baylor game 40,000+ sold. OK, now to this week, and for people that refresh this site every second, in the future this will be put out every Thursday afternoon (2-3ish) of the frog club luncheon. But on to this weeks highlights from the luncheon, also I went to Railhead for the Patterson show, but couldn't hear shit, so listen to it, or someone else go earlier or don't get drunk if you want info on that.

- Who the hell does Corso think he is, do I think he needs to die, yes. Am I happy he inspired pure hatred out of the boys, Yes. So tune in this Saturday's Gameday, Watch, Tivo, Reenact, whatever. Patterson has mailed Corso a package, that will be opened during the show. No insights as to what it contains, but Patterson said "Tune In," so do what God says.

- If you dont like all these new uni's or talk of such, then move on to next point. For those of which who get a FRONER seeing the frogs in new threads, this is for you. This is actually an IV of those magical blue diamond pills straight to your future frog maker. ANd for the ladies reading, its like getting that Big O you desire first, but for real this time. TCU will sport new uni's against Tennessee Tech this gameday, but with normal helmet. What the fuck are you thinking, why waist new uni's on a frapping division 2 school. Well, the closet is full, gatta wear em when you can. If your following my rant, thats right, we got another new uni ready to break out with a new helmet to match. My money is on BYU game or bowl game, but who am I, I got no insight, though Patterson did say "How are you doing" tonight at Railhead directed at me, the Ginger thats not the quarterback, and Mrs.Me; So yeah Patterson talks to me. So for the statisticians out there thats 3 new uni's and 2 new helmets. Bet that IV worked faster than that cialis shit, and twice as long.

-Patterson is a better coach and man than most men/people reading this site, so yes he did call Boise State coach Peterson to congratulate him on his victory. Peterson called him back (dont know how that worked since we played first, but Patterson said it, so it is) congratulate the Frogs on their Victory, and also any tips on how to defeat the Beavers. He said, pound it pound it pound it, till they like it; OR Hell no. no tips, you play them in a few weeks. I think you know which one he said..?

-Patterson loves the rowdy student section, this is not a lie, and the foul language they throw out at the ref's/other team. He did not say ref's/other teams, but thats the only thing that anyone calls bullshit on. He really did say he liked the rowdy student section and their choice words, even though the chancellor doesn't always.

-On the note of alcohol, someone came up to Patterson after the Oregon State game and said "I am surprised that we ran out of alcohol in a section before the game was over." Patterson's classic response, that I will now use as an excuse for my drunk ass, "Surprised? Have you ever been to a party in Ft. Worth?" -yes, my heart rate rose, cuz someone finally understood me.

- And if TCU were to get up in the game, the backup QB to get in, would be Pachall.

Game 2: Tennessee Tech Eagles.


You want a game preview? It'll be something like around the 2 minute mark of this video.

Now that we have our typical opening week W behind us, we now move into the anti-climactic Game 2 hole that has recently featured such stallions as UC-Davis, Texas State and Stephen F Austin – fun fact: Their student body has more STD’s per capita than Tech’s! The more you know.

So usually I’d give it my best shot, attempt to put together a meaningful preview and dig up a reason for our overmatched opponent to have hope, but it’s late in the afternoon and I’m leaving town for four days at 8 AM tomorrow so I won’t even be in attendance at the game anyway, and there isn't much hope anyway. Some of you might think this is just me underestimating the competition. You might say, “Well, did you see Ole Miss and Kansas last week? They were in our shoes against a low rent opponent, fell asleep and were rolled on. Or, in Kansas’ case, they’re just an awful damned football team.” At which point I would say, “Yes, I understand your concerns, and I understand that TCU hasn’t always avoided the D-1AA trap game… but we’re also not coached by Houston Dale Nutt, or a guy who cut his teeth at Buffalo and only got his job at Kansas because there was such an uproar about him not getting the Auburn job two years back that someone had to take a chance. Seriously though, Jayhawks – dude had ONE good season, and he’s a Husker at heart. Should’ve kept the fat man.”

In other words, you’re right – I am overlooking Tennessee Tech, and I’ll tell you why: They put up 187 total yards of offense and a stalwart 12 first downs against Arkansas last week in their opener. Arkansas is coached by one Bobby Petrino, a man who fears defensive success the way a UT fan fears a burnt orange stock shortage at Wal Mart. Thus, Arkansas had an ABYSMAL defense last year, ranking last in the SEC and at the bottom of the barrel in the entire country. So unless Petrino completed the most incredibly insane defensive turnaround in the history of the world, and like I said, he’s an offensive minded coach, chances are the Hogs are going to have some points scored on them this year, and that Tennessee Tech is just really, really terrible.

So instead, treating this game as a glorified scrimmage, I’m going to fire off a list of things you guys should hope to see happen this week before the game with Baylor. And if you want to send me up to the minute status updates while I’m away, I’ll be more than happy to accept them.

The Return of Andy Dalton’s Passing Game. We all saw that AD still has his legs about him in the opener as he was scrambling around like some sort of break dancer last weekend, but it was apparent that in a high speed situation the timing of his passes wasn’t quite up to par. Fortunately he faces a Golden Eagles secondary that allowed Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett to go 21/24 for 301 yards and 3 TDs last weekend. I don’t expect AD to put up those types of numbers necessarily, nor would I want him to because our offense is at its most efficient when we let the running backs do the work. But, it would be nice to see him throw a couple of TDs and mix in some long pass plays as we run up the score. I need some Antoine Hicks running wild in the secondary, and Jeremy Kerley breaking some ankles and, while he doesn’t have to necessarily hit a seam route to the house, it would be nice to see Jimmy Young at least get a couple of looks in his direction this week. We won’t need Dalton to have a big game to win this one, but if he wants to pick up where he left off pre-bowl game, I’m all for it.

Aundre Dean/Waymon James. As I said last week, when you’ve got Ed Wesley able to run loose like he was last week, you don’t need to vary your tactics and risk messing up a good thing in a close game. That said, I’m ravenously curious to see what two of the top rated backs in their respective classes can do running behind our big O line. And much like Tennessee Tech did against the pass last week, they also failed to get too enthusiastic about slowing the Arkansas run game, allowing 196 yards and 3 TDs on the ground. So, if we’re going to see what these guys are capable of, let them loose in a game where they may as well be going up against the SMU scout team. Both guys had big camps, and I’m especially excited to see Dean as he’s essentially a faster and possibly harder hitting version of Joseph Turner. He would’ve been too young to take any handoffs from Andy Dalton while at Katy, but I have no problems letting a couple of ex-Tigers take care of business for us on the ground. And James, while he didn’t get a ton of attention while redshirting and supposedly had a few attitude issues, those have since been resolved and he could end up being the best one of them all. I think we all got a tiny bit deflated when Herschel Sims and Malcolm Brown – who was never coming to FW anyway – opted to ply their trade elsewhere, but look at our RB depth chart. Everyone will be back for the next two years, and I haven’t even mentioned the injured Dwight Smith. We have as much depth as anyone in the country at running back and they’ve all got a fair bit of talent, so unless you’re the second coming of Herschel Walker, no need apply. Regardless, it’d be nice to see what the other guys are capable of sooner rather than later.

Ross Evans in a Field Goal Situation. This one may seem counterproductive to the first two, because obviously I want to see TDs. But, let’s say we’re down the field, up by a few TDs and facing 3rd and long. Why not put it on the ground, get a few yards and then let Evans boot a couple? That way we avoid completely running up the score and let Ross get some practice in because down the road when facing BYU and Utah – ESPECIALLY Utah – it’ll be nice to know that we can rely on him somewhat. And if he misses? Send him to the glue factory.

The Redemption of Greg McCoy. Not that McCoy necessarily had an awful game last week. After all, Ryan Katz was still only 9/25 on the night and McCoy had the huge play where he broke up a certain James Rodgers TD… but, when the only two passing TDs of the evening are on your tab, you’ve gotta step up the next week and show that it was a fluke. And I’ll be honest – Tennessee Tech’s passing game is pretty terrible, so if it happens again, then maybe Malcolm Williams or one of the rookies should get the start the following week. I think McCoy will be fine, but I also like to have my confidence backed up from time to time. Prove it to me, Greg.

A true bookend to Wayne Daniels on the D Line. Based on last week’s game, it looks like Braylon Broughton and Stansly Maponga are your two main dudes attempting to fit the role. Both looked good, although Maponga admittedly looked stronger. I know the way our D line functions, guys are going to be rotated in and out pretty regularly to get fresh quarterback devourers in the game. However, there are still established starters and we know who the coaching staff is going to have in the game on major downs. I’m not sure we have that at left end. I’m all for a platoon system this week as one last audition, but it would be in our best interest to have a 100% established starter for the Baylor game.

Rookies. I’ll be honest – I’m not sure who is and isn’t red shirting from our most recent recruiting class, that’s more lyle’s department, so a lot of these names could be moot. But, if we’re going to let some guys opt out of a redshirt year, I want to see them this week. I’m talking about guys like Travaras Battle, Jonathan Anderson, Matt Anderson, Stephen Bryant, Antonio Graves, David Johnson, Kevin White and all of the other guys we kept reading about in the Purple Menace practice reports. If any of these players are already redshirting, then by all means keep them there. But if we have guys called up on the sidelines because they had good enough showings in practice to be second or third team but are just wasting away, let’s get them some reps and see what they’re capable of.

And now, some of the more arbitrary wishes…

The Watson Brown Face. I’ll be honest, shortnkerley's mostly hit all the high points on this one, and for all I know Watson Brown has nothing in common with his brother except a last name, but if the Brown face does run in the family, I want to see it early and often. You know the one – after 903s own Vondrell McGee coughs up the ball, Mack will toss that that microphone back up over his head, tighten his lips into a flat grimace, lean forward with his hands on his knees and then slowly rise back up, clapping his hands and trying to rally the team to do better next time, all the while looking like he just walked out of a prostate exam. Unfortunately, ever since McGee was benched last season, the Mack Brown face has been far less prevalent, but this gives me hope that Watson can redeem the family name this week. If there’s a WMF for every TCU score and Tennessee Tech mistake, I expect at least a dozen over the course of a 60 minute game.

A Decent Crowd. I know this is hypocritical of me considering I will not be in attendance, but I at least gave both of my tickets away, making sure that there will be warm bodies in the stadium keeping the train rolling in the absence of me and the Mrs. I’m not sure what the overall reaction was to last week’s 46K attendance at Cowboys Stadium, but I honestly thought we did a pretty solid job considering the price of tickets, the holiday weekend and the “what have you done for me lately and by lately I don’t mean 12-0 last season I mean like five minutes ago what did you do for me?” attitude of our fanbase. Do we even have 46,000 living alumni? Or, factoring in Oregon State fans, 40,000? And while I don’t expect this game to be close to a sell out, I think we should at least be able to expect 35000-40000 fans for the 4th ranked team in the country and best team in the state of Texas, no? The Baylor game being close to a sell out pleases me immensely, so if the crowd is poor this weekend that will help soften the blow, but by now there’s no excuse for the fans not to show up, no matter the circumstances.

A blowout debut performance from Section V. I’ll be honest – more than the actual game, I’m bummed I’m missing the unveiling of Section V. Truthfully. I imagine it will be a thing to behold. How will the Section V old guard handle all of the new hooligans infiltrating their space? And they can’t just ignore us – we’re right in front of them, taking up all of the rows from 10-20 at the very least. Knowing some of the new blood that is moving in this season, I’m absolutely giddy to see what happens the first time some jackass on row 25 suggests we sit down during a crucial third down play on defense or a 1st and goal on offense. The verbal catastrophe that should occur will make Al Swearengen’s language look like a mild mannered school teacher by comparison. I have had seats in V for the past 2 seasons, but probably still split my time 75/25 between X and V because our numbers weren’t strong enough to overcome this nay saying. This will obviously not be the case this year. For those of you who are new to V, you’re in for a treat. Great seats, and although they may not act like it, the opposing players can DEFINITELY hear what you’re saying if you’re adamant enough about it. If you didn’t hear me, Bo Levi, then why did you transfer to Eastern Washington, the furthest point in the continental United States you could’ve gone? I honestly think we can swing a few games on our own if we can push the correct buttons of the opposition. And also as a bonus, V is just two sections away from the main vistor section, and naturally there is some spill over in the section dividing the two, so needless to say, things can get heated. I’m sad I’m missing the trial run, but I’m also kind of giddy to not know what to expect when Baylor enters the Lions Den. I’ll be there in spirit guys. Drink some rage juice and leave it all out on the stands for me.

So as I will not be in attendance this week, and since the game is not on TV, there will be no Monday recap unless someone else wants to take the reins. Really, a Section V report is all that’s necessary. Have fun out there guys. Be safe. Don’t drink and drive. And, if you meet a young lady at the Aardvark post game, you better sleep at Colby or you’ve done it all wrong.

Go Frogs.

College Pick Em Standings - Week 1


Here is the rundown of the top 10 after week 1. If you haven't submitted your picks yet be sure to do it by this evening as tonight's Auburn vs. Mississippi State game is on the slate. Remember, we are picking outright winners this year, not against the spread. The spread is posted for your information only.

1 geezerfrog's picks, 10-0, 55
2 gtgossett's picks, 9-1, 54
2 rmartinez's picks, 9-1, 54
4 THE FINCH, 8-2, 51
4 TN2TXtony's picks, 9-1, 51
6 FrogFan1986's picks, 8-2, 50
7 cftt's picks, 9-1, 49
8 BUFFALO's picks, 8-2, 48
9 Hornedfrog1982's picks, 8-2, 47
10 tcufrog4's picks, 8-2, 46
10 FakeGP's picks, 7-3, 46

Also, don't forget to donate $9 to the Purple People Seaters by clicking on the sidebar gauge. Only a handful of you have lived up to your pledge. Please remember to do this week to week if you can, otherwise you will never catch up. This week we may have to dig a little deeper into our pockets, I hope. Thanks to those of you who have already donated for last week's 9 point victory.

Player to Watch Week 2: Tennessee Tech

This one was a tough one. How do you pick a player to watch from a team that just got beat 44-3 in their opener by Arkansas and isn't even an FBS (is that still what they call it?) program? I looked at their statistics, and obviously nothing jumped out at me. I looked at last years stats, and most of the players who did anything a year ago didn't do shit last Saturday or are gone. However, I found 2 players to watch, or heckle, in week 2's game against Tennessee Tech.

Player #1: Cass Barnes (Sr. QB?, 6'2 185)

Cass. What a sweet name...

I really don't know what to call this guy. He's listed as a QB on their roster, but in previous years has played both WR and QB. And then last game, he was second on the team with 8 carries and led the team with 31 yards rushing, and attempted 1 pass. Last year, this "Quarterback" appeared in 8 games and threw only 4 passes...all season. He connected on 1 of those. He did have 2 rushing touchdowns last year on 21 carries. Although he was once listed as a receiver, he has only caught 5 career passes. Since I have never seen this team play, and probably never will again, I am going to assume that Cass is some sort of Wildcat QB who just takes snaps and runs, and not much else.

To be completely honest, I really don't care. I don't care anything about this guy. The only reason I chose him is because he appears to play, and HIS NAME IS CASS!!! What the hell kind of name is Cass? Is it short for something?? Cassidy? Cassandra? Ok, now that I look at the team website, I find out that his name is short for Cassius, like Cassius Clay. Well, Cassius, even the great Cassius Clay changed his name, so maybe you should too. Can you imagine the Heavyweight Champioin of the World ever going by "Cass"? Didn't think so. So, if you're bored with the 63-0 route in the 3rd quarter and don't want to retreat to the parking lot and be a real fan, somebody please go harass this guy to no end for going by Cass. I'm looking at you, Texas Hammer.

Player #2: Charlie Seivers (Sr. DE, 6'3 250)

Thanks for spicing up the Tennessee Tech game, Charlie.

Charlie is a team captain. He is also a starting defensive end and one of the "strongest players on the roster." He is a team leader and one of the hardest workers on the team. He has been preseason all-conference in the past. He made 2 tackles last game.

None that interests me. I don't care that he's bulimic and I don't care that he's bilingual. What does interest me, however, is that we have a spitblood insider who has been scouting Mr. Seivers for quite a while now. Spitblood has eyes and ears everywhere, so opponents beware...

Time to get personal (for heckling purposes):

  • His father was an All-American at UT (the one in Tennessee).
  • He has a smokin hot sister. Hot sister heckling, if it's accurate, is always appreciated. Facebook stalking of the sister is encouraged.
  • He almost died from a mosquito bite in 7th grade. People die from mosquito bites in Africa and on Oregon Trail. That's it.
  • His ex-girlfriend shit her pants on occasion when she gets drunk. Sources close to me say that he has never actually been shat on, but there was possibly an aqua dump that occured as well.
I couldn't make this stuff up, people.

WWHD's new favorite song

I'm not much of a hip-hop fan, but I do like seeing evidence that Fort Worth is starting to really get behind the Horned Frogs. Anyway, maybe you rap aficionados can give a more in-depth critical review of Fort Worth rapper JaNo's new song:


Football:
TCU's Andy Dalton keeps Frogs cool when heat is on Star-Telegram

TCU coach could use a little snake in his personality
Star-Telegram

TCU's Gary Patterson: 'We can't be the next Ole Miss'
Fox Sports SW

No. 4 TCU hosts FCS foe Tennessee Tech
Seattle Post Intelligencer

Tennessee Tech - TCU preview
NBC Sports

Scouting the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
Examiner

MWC football notebooks
Deseret News

Mountain West bolsters status after opening week
AP

Host a college football team at your house for only $400,000
Star-Telegram

Basketball: