Thursday, September 30, 2010

Strength of Schedule Watch, Week 5

Game of the Week:

Air Force (3-1) vs. Navy (2-1)...2:30pm Saturday on Versus
-The Falcons, still a few weeks away from their trip to Fort Worth, are right on the verge of breaking into the Top 25. Every year, their biggest non-conference games are their battles against the other service academies as they compete for the Commander in Chief's Trophy. They've lost seven straight to the Midshipmen, so this one would be a huge confidence boost if they can win it.


Baylor (3-1) vs. Kansas (2-2)...11:00am Saturday on FSN
-As fun as it was to see the Frogs thrash Baylor and talk trash about how pitiful their program is, it'd be even sweeter to see the team that TCU destroyed go on to be a formidable piece of the Big 12 race. Griffin & company bounced back nicely against Rice last week (they beat them by the same 17-point margin that UT did), and will look to gain some more momentum in this very winnable conference opener.

Oregon State (1-2) vs. Arizona State (2-2)...5:30pm Saturday on FSN-Northwest
-The Beavers start their Pac 10 schedule this weekend, and they'll be looking to get back on track after having lost to both the Frogs as well as at Boise last week. They'll get an ASU team that probably should've taken down Oregon last week, if it weren't for an agonizing SEVEN turnovers.

UNLV (1-3) vs. Nevada (4-0)...9:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-The Rebels have been a huge let-down so far this year, and are among the teams really dragging down the bottom of the Mountain West. They've got a major chance to redeem themselves this weekend, though, by taking down their in-state rival who also happens to be one of the teams that is looking like they'll give Boise a boost to their own SOS.

BYU (1-3) at Utah State (1-2)...7:00pm Friday on ESPN
-Yet another MWC vs. WAC matchup here. The Cougars' D has been absolutely unable to stop the run so far this year, and this is a test to see just how bad BYU's slide can get. I'll probably spend the rest of my life cheering against them, but I'm not sure I wish losing to Utah State on them.

SMU (2-2) vs. Rice (1-3)...6:00pm Saturday
-As nauseating an idea as rooting for the Mustangs might be, any time you let a team hang around with you well into the second half, you probably need them to come out and make a statement the rest of the season and especially in their next game...and especially when they have a chance to be compare to two Big 12 teams that have also played that same opponent. Some motivation for SMU? They haven't beaten Rice in Houston since 1986.

New Mexico (0-4) vs. UTEP (3-1)...5:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-Everything I said about UNLV, you could say about New Mexico...except their opponent is not a Boise opponent. Still, though- the MWC/CUSA comparisons are always there, so a win by the MWC trainwreck against the CUSA contender would look pretty nice for the league. I'm not holding my breath, though.

Wyoming (1-3) at Toledo (3-1)...6:00pm Saturday
-The Cowboys have played one of the toughest schedules in the country so far, with their three losses coming at the hands of Texas, Boise State and Air Force. They were competitive against the Falcons last week, though, giving you some hope of them taking down the Rockets on the road. They really, really need this one if they want to come back to make a bowl this year.

Tennessee Tech (1-3) vs. Tennessee-Martin (1-3)...
-This game is actually taking place as I'm typing this post. Had I known they were playing Thursday night, I probably would've gotten this knocked out earlier in the week. But it's been a complete ass-whip of a week at work and how much do you really care about Tennessee Tech? Alright, so then give me a freaking break. They're winning, 10-6, right before the half. I'll be away from a computer pretty much all of Friday, so maybe someone can take it upon themselves to look up the score on tomorrow and let you all know if they won or not.

Utah (4-0) and San Diego State (3-1) are off this weekend.

Players to Watch Week 5: Colorado State Rams

This team is awful and I don't know much about them. I looked at their roster, their stats, their names, etc, and nothing really jumped out at me. Colorado State sucks, and so do the majority of their players, so these players probably won't make any impact. However, I said that last week about Zach Line and he gutted us like a fish, so who knows. Anyways, here we go...

Raymond Carter (Jr. RB, 6’ 217)

Should've stayed at UCLA, then you could've beat a top-10 team from Texas...

Carter, like Aundre Dean for the Frogs, sat out last season after transferring from UCLA. They either must have had a loaded backfield (which shined against Texas) or they all hated taking orders from a nerdy Asian guy (Norm Chow). He was injured on and off as well in his freshman year, which may have contributed to his decision to transfer. He attended Crenshaw High in LA, or Compton to be more specific, so yeah, he’s got more street cred than anyone that has ever read this blog, and maybe our entire team. I wonder if Ricky from Boyz in the Hood went to Crenshaw, or planned on attending Colorado State before his career/life were tragically ended in an alley following a drive by. Ok, back to reality.

This season, Carter’s stats aren’t overwhelming. He is averaging 3.5 ypc with only 1 rushing TD and is averaging just under 36 ypg. However, he is their leading rusher by nearly 100 yards, which obviously means they are a pass happy offense (possibly because they are always playing catch-up). He has their only rushing TD this season, which is pretty pathetic to have 1 rushing TD in 4 games for an entire team. Pretty sure Tech and Hawaii used to top that in the heyday of their pass-happy attacks. Carter does have 136 yards receiving and 2 TD’s, and is catching passes at a clip of 15.1 yards per catch, which is good for the team lead. His 2 receiving TD’s also lead the team. Their offense has only scored 5 TD’s this year. Their offense sucks…Bad.

The reason Carter is the player to watch is kind of obvious after watching last week’s run defense meltdown against another bigger back in a pass happy offense. If Colorado State’s coaching staff is smart, and their 1 win in the last 13 games tells me they aren’t, they will take a page out of the SMU book and try to take HUGE chunks out of our defense with the incredibly slow developing delayed handoffs. If our coaching staff is smart, which it is, then we will make the proper adjustments from last week and NEVER allow that play to work again like it did against us last week. Unlike Zach Line, however, Carter is a receiving threat out of the backfield. I suggest we spy with Brock or Carter, something we neglected to do last week.

Oh, Carter also has a Wayne Daniels type Mohawk, so he’s got that going for him.

Broderick Sargent (Soph. DE, 6’2 228)

Awesome name. Probably not that awesome of a game.

Sargent makes my defensive player to watch list not only because he has been a key player on the Rams’ defense, a unit which also sucks, but because he has a totally bad ass football name. Seriously, when Herbstreit does his all-name team, I don’t know how this one was overlooked, but maybe it’s just me.

Sargent played in every game last year, but mainly just as a special teams player. This year, he has emerged as the Rams’ leading pass rusher. He has 18 tackles, a team leading 5 of them for loss, and is tied for the team lead with 2 sacks. He also recovered the 1 forced fumble the Rams have this season. The Rams also only have 1 interception, which puts their grand total of turnovers forced this year at…you guessed it- 2! Even the Dallas Cowboys have forced more than 2 turnovers. There’s really not much else I can say about this guy. I just like his name, and he seems to rush the passer well.

So, combine Colorado State’s 2 turnovers forced with their 7 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles, and that gives them a disgustingly awful turnover ratio of 2:9. I’ve said it earlier and I’m saying it again now- this team SUCKS. I think they will be one of the 3 worst teams we play this year (Tennessee Tech and New Mexico as well). I don’t care about the previous Colorado struggles we’ve had. We should absolutely obliterate this team. If we struggle in this one, then maybe the SMU people were right and we aren’t BCS good and it might be time to hit the panic button. I don’t see us struggling though, so there’s nothing to worry about.

Oh, now that's just f*cking fantastic!

Nothing much to state here, other than this being a travesty of epic proportions. Fort Worth is now home to a University CO-OP store. Located on the northwest corner of Montgomery Plaza, this calamity serves as a beacon for T-shirt fans, while simultaneously slapping the collective face of the Horned Frog faithful. The CO-OP has locations in other major cities including Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, but never did I think I'd see the day when a branch reared it's ugly head in Fort Worth. Frankly, it's nauseating.