Thursday, September 23, 2010

Strength of Schedule Watch, Week 4:


It's a pretty key weekend for TCU's opponents in regards to strength of schedule, especially within the TCU vs. Boise dynamic, as there are FOUR games pitting a Mountain West team against a WAC team, as well as...

Game of the Week:

Oregon State (1-1) at Boise State (2-0)...7:00pm Saturday on ABC

-Man...it's not all that often that I find myself rooting for any other team out there as if they were the Frogs. Nebraska against Texas in last year's Big 12 Championship is the only one that comes to mind right now. But after the Donkeys escaped DC by the hair of their Smurf chinny-chin-chins with a win over Virginia Tech, it became pretty apparent that Oregon State was probably the only thing standing between them and a berth in the national championship game. PLUS, a big win by Oregon State (on national TV) would help the Frogs against the other teams standing in their way of #1. Rodgers Brothers to the Rescue?!?!



The MWC vs. WAC Games:


BYU (1-2) vs. Nevada (3-0)...6:00pm Saturday on The Mtn

-I'm conflicted here. On one hand, a win for BYU is good for TCU and bad for Boise State. On the other hand, a win for Nevada is good for the "New" MWC and would continue the slide for BYU, which I've thoroughly enjoyed so far. Either way, I get to enjoy seeing one of these teams lose. I like it.


San Diego State (2-1) vs. Utah State (1-2)...7:00pm Saturday

-The Aztecs look like the surprise team of the Mountain West so far, but that could all be de-railed if they lose to a team whose lone win so far came against Idaho State. They've pretty much got to win this one.


Colorado State (0-3) vs. Idaho (2-1)...4:00pm Friday

-Good Lord the Rams have been bad so far this year. And really, the only way I see them beating Idaho is if their players feel the same desperation as Head Coach Steve Fairchild, who might get axed if they lose this game.


Utah (3-0) vs. San Jose State (1-2)...8:00pm Saturday

-If an undefeated TCU has any shot at overtaking an undefeated Boise State, it will be because Utah has risen up into the Top 10, thus giving the Frogs another marquee victory. To do that, they need to keep on winning, so let's hope SJSU doesn't spoil our chances yet again...



Other Games:


Baylor (2-1) at Rice (1-2)...7:00pm Saturday

-Alright, Baylor. Even though you have turd fans, I'll be rooting for you because I want the Frogs' win over the Bears to look as good as possible. So I'm sure after Robama Hussein Griffin III leads Baylor to a win over Rice, all of you green & gold-clad dorks can tell us all why 45-10 was just a fluke.


Tennessee Tech (1-2) at Southeast Missouri State (2-1)...6:00pm Saturday

-Tech, fresh off a 43-0 skunking of Lane College (the game was called at halftime), now starts their road towards what we all hope will be an Ohio Valley Conference championship. They'll do so against Southeast Missouri State, which sounds equally as made up as Tennessee Tech did when I found out they were on the Frogs' schedule this year.



Conference Games:


Air Force (2-1) at Wyoming (1-2)...2:00pm Saturday on The Mtn

-Normally in conference games, it's a wash SOS-wise because one team has to lose. But Air Force is holding strong in the "also receiving votes" portion of the Top 25 polls, so a few more wins and the Falcons could be ranked by the time they come to Fort Worth in October. Also, a loss for Wyoming would hurt both Boise State and Texas. So doo-doo on you this week, Doo-Doo Brown Cowboys.


New Mexico (0-3) at UNLV (0-3)...9:00pm on The Mtn

-The good news here: someone's got to win. The bad news: someone's going to be 0-4. My money's on the Rebels. This also seems like a good time to pass along the rumor that's floating around out there concerning Mike Locksley getting the axe mid-season and being replaced by...Mike Leach. Wouldn't THAT be interesting?

Lessons in SMU Hate - Message Boards.


BURNED!!!

As the final installment of SMU Hate for the week – tomorrow is solely dedicated to the game preview and mental preparation – I thought I’d take the most direct route to hate that there is and see what they’re saying over at Ponyfans.com. And, as you can imagine, our friends at Southern Methodist University, most of whom do not actually hail from the south, have an opinion or two about the game tomorrow evening. While most of the fans have realistic expectations for the game – most hold out hope of an upset, which is always reasonable in this series no matter the situation, but by no means expect an SMU win – there are a few out there who think that this is the Ponies year and that our undefeated run crumbles tomorrow evening at Ford Field.

But don’t take my word for it, here's a peek at what they’re saying.

The SMU fans seem to fit pretty well into three categories.

There are those who think SMU can pull the upset with kicker Matt Szymanski beating us on a last second 65 yard field goal. There are those who say TCU is going to win, but look on the bright side and see a positive future for this rivalry from an SMU perspective, although when a “pony fans legend” doesn’t think his team will win, that’s a problem. And then there are the rest who don’t necessarily think SMU will win or just don’t care, but love stirring shit up either way.

I found that most of the people who post on Ponyfans fall into the last category.

So there’s the video posted above, complete with the TCU fan dressed as a clown. You know, because we’re just a bunch of clowns. Clever. It’s actually pretty funny – it recalls the 2007 game against Texas - which is COMPLETELY relevant to this season - makes fun of the new uniforms - which is also one of our own favorite pastimes at least when we’re talking about the pants - and paints the average TCU fan as viewing SMU as a lesser opponent - which, of course, they are. I guess I’m supposed to be offended, but I wasn’t one of those kids who was afraid of clowns growing up, and I can’t really find anything other than that to get worked up about in the entirety of the 3 minutes. Better luck next time, guys.

And to continue their juvenile antics, they’re rumoring to be featuring a new “TCU Sucks” shirt that reads “Tuck FCU.” Now, I know we have some fans who wear shirts that say “Muck the Fustangs,” and while I admire their honesty, I’ve never been a big fan of making t shirts for a specific team. I don’t like the “Beat Tech” shirts and I don’t like the “Beat Texas” shirts. It shows inferiority and is kind of bush league. But, for SMU to not only hold these shirts in high regard – one guy says he wants a box so he can have 365 of them for each day of the year. That's good hate form right there, sir – and then to rip off an idea that TCU has already used is just a double inferiority complex. But, I suppose imitation is the highest form of flattery, and if you want to think positive, this is probably the most significant pub Florida Christian University has or will ever receive.

There’s then another thread re: Why I didn’t go to TCU that leads off with the hazing incident involving those naught Kappa Sigs where Amon Carter IV was branded "against his will and totally not drunk" on a ski trip. And while that’s likely some sort of attack on the TCU fraternity system in general, considering a member of the SMU Alpha Phi Alpha chapter died from hazing a few years back and that young SMU fraternity members consistently do things such as overdose on extreme morphine, experience kidney failure for excessive drug use, and hang out with girls who get murdered by drug dealers and stashed away in Waco portapotties , you may not want to cast stones, bud. But, they can deny that all of these things ever happened because the school covered them up so they wouldn’t lose the Bush Library. So I guess I’m a liar.

That posting then devolves into a bunch of "SMU kids are smarter than TCU kids" self assurances from the Pony faithful, none better than the poster who criticizes the TCU Theatre Arts department, and that's when SWW moves on to the next point.

While we don't agree with SMU on many points, on the plus side, at least they don’t like KillerFrogs either.

But they DO love conjuring up visions of a TCU inferiority complex, in this case based on the fact that we didn’t get a lot of attention on College Football Live compared to other top ranked schools. I really can’t think of why we aren’t getting talked about this…. Oh yeah, because we’re playing the bottom feeder of Texas football. And then they even get into the “What’s the difference between June Jones and GP?” which, according to them, is the NFL attention that SMU receives because June Jones is "respected in those circles", but once they run out of ammunition there, all they really can come up with is to call Gary Patterson fat.

But, even better than the fans who play the “TCU Sucks, SMU Rules” game are the fans who try and completely ignore the game tomorrow evening altogether. Like this thread, where SMU tries to downplay that winning tomorrow night means a lot to the program. This is based on the jargon June Jones is spewing to his team about how winning the conference is the only goal, and beating TCU doesn’t contribute to that goal. Fair enough… but shouldn’t you go into a rivalry game with the attitude of at least kind of wanting to win? I mean, if we had lost to Baylor last week, in the scheme of the conference it wouldn’t have mattered… but Patterson still wanted to rip their throats out. This is the biggest fundamental difference in our two programs for the time being. This is why SMU needs to beat us tomorrow night as much as we need to beat them.

But at least we know now where the party will not be happening after the game. When you're talking about partying all night after a win, then that's pretty solid evidence that it IS, in fact, your Super Bowl, Ponies.

Still, they have aeronautical technology on their side, flying a banner behind a plane advertising their slogan for the game of “Fill the Ford.” This campaign also applies to yard signage as I saw a handful of those and “Beat TCU” signs on my way home from work yesterday. So we’re probably screwed now.

And when they start attacking the TCU schedule strength, you know you’ll never win with these guys because in that argument they’re essentially discrediting themselves.

In all honesty, after reading through all of those posts, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the SMU fan in general. Obviously, as a whole, that’s just an extremely hateable place. My now nearly 20 Lessons in SMU Hate can attest to that. But after last week, I honestly have to reevaluate my hate scale because Baylor fans are just so darned awful they may actually take the cake as the least likeable fans on the schedule; a title they will retain until Tech comes to town next year and blows everyone else out of the water in that department. At least SMU fans don't have the pompous Big 12 failure attitude driving them. And just for that underestimation, I’m probably getting heckled by the band once again tomorrow night.

But still, there’s more than enough information in there to rile up even the most skeptical haters in our ranks and I fully urge you to check it out so you have some fuel for the fire tomorrow. It might not end up being the bloodbath that we all imagine it to be… except it will probably be the bloodbath that we all expect it to be. Regardless, unless we win the battle in the stands as well and make it a clean sweep two trips in a row, we’ll never be able to say that we fully won the war. So if the guy that tried to fight lyle and I in the bathroom two years ago is looking for us, come find us in TCU visitor’s section, southwest end zone. We look forward to it.

And to close, perhaps the greatest uniform smack talk I've seen in all my days, courtesy of EastStang

EastStang wrote:I thought black in uniforms was a kind of a racial thing. Like Mike Tyson wearing black socks. If you're a lilly white Christian, Ft. Worth school, you need some skill players who might not like at first the idea of going there. This tells them that they're welcome. And thanks for the color explanation of purple (color of royalty) and white (color of redemption from sin). Now, they're wearing the color of death. Way to blur that testimony.

Players to Watch Week 4: The SMU Ponies

I hate picking players to watch for a team like SMU. They do a pretty good job of spreading the ball around and getting lots of guys touches, much like TCU, but obviously they aren’t nearly as efficient and bad ass as us. There’s WR Aldrich Robinson, who I feel has been at SMU since they were resurrected from the Death Penalty. Also, he was alongside former standout WR Emmanuel Sanders last season when Sanders so kindly “pump faked” throwing a roll of tape at me. In his defense, I was really drunk, annoying, and we were completely destroying them at this point. I tried to act that way last week against Baylor, but Sir Wesley and myself were chastised and told to “leave the heckling up to the students” by a student. I’ve never felt so old and unwelcome in our own stadium. Ouch. Anyways, there’s also QB Kyle Padron, the Southlake Carroll grad which undoubtedly means he bleached his hair on numerous occasions for their annual playoff run (do they still do that?). But honestly, their QB just isn’t as fun to harass unless his name is Bo Levi and he has a tat on his biceps that says “gunslinger”. That guy is a bigger doucher than B.J. Symons, the former Tech QB with the gelled frosted tips and upper-ear earrings. So I dug a little deeper this week, and here’s what I came up with…

Zach Line (Soph. RB, 6’1 235)

Glad TCU's white running back days are numbered.

Line is a big back, which I feel is a pretty rare thing in this type of system. However, he is very efficient when he gets the ball, averaging 7.7 ypc with 3 of the teams 4 rushing TD’s this year. He also averages 92 ypg, which is shocking to see in an offense such as SMU’s, but when you are ripping carries off at 7.7 per pop then that will happen. He’s not much of a receiving threat with only 7 catches, and something tells me this fatback wont be catching many shovel passes for big gains against the Frogs D tomorrow. Although Line’s rushing stats have been impressive, keep in mind it has been against such vaunted defenses such as Tech, UAB, and Washington State. The SMU athletic website is so God awful that I can only get the box score for the Washington State game, and not the other 2, but in that game Line went for 82 yards on 8 carries with no TD’s. I expect Line, who is from Michigan, to have a pretty quiet day for a few reasons: 1) He has never seen a defense, especially a run defense quite like this. 2) He’s a big, fat, slow, white man and unless your name is Toby Gerhart then that’s not going to work in major college football. 3) They are going to pass, even more than usual, because they will be trailing the entire game. So, basically what I’m saying is my offensive player to watch is going to have a very minimal impact on this game, but once the stadium clears out and we have access to the SMU sideline, maybe we can rip on him for believing in himself and also for believing in the idea of an affective white running back in college football.

Margus Hunt (Soph. DE, 6’8, 272)

Do you think he'll freak out if we hold up lighters everytime their on defense???

Margus is from Karksi-Nuia, Estonia. ESTONIA! Where the Hell did June Jones find this mongoloid? The only cool thing to ever come out of Estonia was Link from Encino Man (or so they said…). From now on, and throughout the rest of his playing career at SMU, I think we should refer to him as “Link”, although I don’t think Link will get it. Anyways, Link blocked SEVEN field goes last year, and NCAA record. Maybe this guy is a caveman after all. His arms must be incredibly long to block that many kicks. He was also award 2 of ESPN’s illustrious “helmet stickers” last year- probably by Lou Holtz, who subsequently spit all over the camera attempting say that he was from Karksi-Nuia, Estonia. He is also the current Junior world record holder in the discuss throw, and also competes in shot put. This guy is your stereotypical Eastern European monster meat head who probably dates women that closely resemble former TCU star Center Blake Schlueter. No offense, Blake. In all seriousness though, Link has 5 tackles, 1 for loss, a pass broken up, and yes, already a blocked kick this year. Watch out, Ross Evans. Good news is I don’t think Link has the athletic ability to make anything happen against Marcus Cannon. So once again, unless he blocks a kick, the player to watch will be insignificant, but a good one to verbally assault as long as he doesn’t have any heavy projectiles to launch your way, such as a helmet, a bench, a sideline fan, or even a teammate.