Thursday, October 14, 2010

Strength of Schedule Watch, Week 7

Game of the Week:

Baylor (4-2) at Colorado (3-2)...6:00pm Saturday on Fox College Sports
-If the Bears are going to finally end their 16-year bowl drought, they'll need to get W's #5 and #6 soon, because the tail end of their schedule gets pretty hairy. One of the most winnable games remaining is this weekend in Boulder. The big questions I have going into this game are: 1) Will Baylor have ANOTHER embarrassing off the field/court issue before this game is played? And 2) Colorado already stormed the field after beating a 1-4 team, so will they storm the field if they beat Baylor?

Other Big Games:

Air Force (5-1) at San Diego State (3-2)...7:00pm Saturday on CBS-College Sports
-As much as I've been a little bit 'rah-rah' for the Aztecs so far this year (and for good reason- the MWC needs the traditional doormats to rise up and play some good football), this would absolutely be the wrong time for Air Force to be upset. They need to be ranked as high as possible for their trip to Fort Worth next weekend.

Utah (5-0) at Wyoming (2-4)...5:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-Doo Doo Brown has played whipping boy so far this year, already having lost to TCU (by 45), Boise (also by 45), Texas (by 27) and Air Force (by 6). This weekend, the #11 Utes get their turn at splashing around in the brown & yellow when they visit Laramie.

SMU (4-2) at Navy (3-2)...2:30pm Saturday on CBS-College Sports
-After starting conference play 3-0 for the first time since 1986, the Ponies take a trip east for their last non-league game of the season against the Midshipmen in Annapolis. This will be a test of SMU's run defense for sure, but a win would put them at 5-2 and would give a TCU victim a little of that valuable East Coast exposure.

Oregon State (3-2) at Washington (2-3)...9:15pm Saturday on ESPN
-The Beavers are undefeated in Pac 10 play right now, putting them in control of their own destiny for a possible conference championship, and their win in Tucson last weekend put them back in the Top 25. But they were dealt a blow when they lost Texan receiver James Rodgers for the year with a knee injury. Their first test without him is a trip to Seattle to face incredibly overrated QB Jake Locker.


UNLV (1-5) at Colorado State (1-5)...1:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-I guess the good news here is, someone's got to win. The bad news is, one of these teams will be an ugly 1-6 by Sunday. I think that once freshman QB Pete Thomas finds some kind of rhythm on offense, the Rams could actually have a pulse. So I'll go with them.

Tennesee Tech (2-4) vs. Eastern Illinois (0-6)...7:00pm Saturday
-You're probably asking yourself, "Eastern Illinois? Isn't that where Romo went?" Yes, it is, which explains why they suck at footbaw.

New Mexico (0-6) is mercifully off this week. But if there's any team out there that could possibly lose to air, it might be them.

Wyo - TCU Recap

Just a lil breather from our current religious hate war.

Movement Watch: Computer Fail Version.

Self Portrait. 8:30AM, October 14th.
by Sir Wesley Willis.

Well, after several years of ignoring all of those NSFW warnings, my computer finally got the AIDS and abruptly passed away this morning. Therefore, while I await the arrival of my new laptop, I am forced to use an old clunker we had lying around the office that is around 8 years old, or as SMU football players see it, "prime molestin' age." So, as you can imagine, I spent a good deal of my morning on hold with our IT department, and then the rest of it trying to set up this disaster of a machine which, from time to time, aggressively bends over and spreads its digital buttcheeks at me which is basically its sign for a in other words, it's taken some SERIOUS effort on my behalf to get this movement watch up and running at all, therefore it will not be given it's proper due. This is unfortunate due to the upset potential of the weekend, but thems the breaks. New computer should arrive Monday though, so I'll be back up and running once our commenters help me remember which music stealin' websites to bookmark.

High Alert:

#1 Ohio State @ #18 Wisconsin. A night game at Camp Randall + a beatable #1 team as the visitor = there's gonna be some druuuuuuuuuuuuuunk cheese heads out in force. Ohio State still has to play Iowa, but they avoid Michigan State on the schedule, so this is maybe the best chance they have of getting knocked off and helping ease the Frogs on up to that #2 spot.

#5 Nebraska vs. Texas. Not quite as exciting as they drew it up, but it'll dance. Nebraska has run pretty roughshod over their competition so far, but they also have a strength of schedule in the 100s, so it's hard to give them too much credit. They're way overrated right now and ripe for the picking against a Texas team that isn't good but probably still has some juice left in the tank despite what everyone thinks. Nebraska already has us in the coaches poll; win this week and they'll probably have us in both. Mark it: the first time ever SWW has pulled for UT in any sport.

#7 Auburn vs. #12 Arkansas. Auburn is still probably a couple of wins away from jumping the Frogs, but if they are able to knock off the Hogs, combined with their victory over South Carolina a couple of weeks ago, the pollsters are going to be furiously typing one handed when submitting their polls at the prospect of an undefeated SEC team with a Heisman candidate.

Probably Not:

#6 Oklahoma vs. Iowa State. After the Cyclones dismal showing at home against the Utes this past week, I know I'll have a hard time convincing anyone to take them seriously, but you never know, right? Too bad OU has had 2 weeks to prepare. The Sooners are probably the least talked about undefeated team in the country because they have no outstanding players for ESPN to slurp and everyone keeps waiting for their defense to kill them. They're probably like Auburn in that they're still a couple of weeks away from jumping TCU, but the schedule sets up extremely well the rest of the way as they avoid Nebraska out of the North. Pray for an upset here, but I don't see it.

Bah Humbug.

#3 Boise State @ San Jose State.

#8 Alabama @ Mississippi. Count me among the confused with Bama being ranked above South Carolina, but that just speaks to the fascination the media has with this team and Nick Saban. They could EASILY move back ahead of us even with a loss if they start blowing folks out again. Houston Nutt is going to feel PAIN.

#9 LSU vs. McNeese State. You never know - LSU COULD totally find a way to lose this one because they have been SO SO fortunate thus far. But probably not. It's still funny though for a 6-0 LSU team that just beat Florida to STILL be ranked this low, but that won't last for long if they keep winning. It's a good thing they still have Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas on the schedule.

Definite upward trajectory potential this weekend with Wisconsin welcome in Ohio State. Oregon is off this week.

Players to Watch/Hate/Heckle Relentlessly Week 7: BYU Cougars

This has been the toughest addition of Player to Watch to date. Not necessarily because they have a bunch of weapons, or because they are so versatile. They don’t, and they are not. The reason is because when I peruse the opposing rosters for names, stats, etc that stand out, there are usually only a handful of guys, like around 4 or 5 to choose from. BYU is a completely different story. First of all, it is the whitest combination of college football names you will EVER find. It makes the Princeton basketball squad look like the lineup for Showtime at the Apollo. Names like Ezekiel, Braden, Landon (twice), Jameson, Levi, McKay, Cole, Riley (twice), Houston, Graham, and Jadon. Without looking at the faces of these players I can guarantee you all of these guys are white. Very, very white. And those are just your extraordinary white names. Also sprinkled in through the roster are your typical Tongan/Samoan Mormon convert athletes they got (note to BYU: those guys are banging their girlfriends. Ask Harvey Unga). I will do one genuine player to watch, but 2 names stood out to me more than any others, and they deserve the brunt (along with Jake Heaps) of the Section V verbal assault…

Players to Watch: ZEKE, ZED, and ZANE Mendenhall

A couple things should stand out here. First of all, the names Zeke, Zed and Zane remind me of the Weird Al Yankovic song “Amish Paradise”. Second- the name Mendenhall. Unfortunately, they are not Bronco’s kids, however, I am not ruling out that they could be relatives, and neither should you. We all know the tendency for Mormon incest, so let’s assume that they are related to Bronco is some Deliverance, ass-backwards type way, and that is the only reason they are on the team.

Zeke- Brainwashing Mexicans since 2006.

Zeke is a 5’11, 212 lb. senior defensive back with only 4 tackles and a forced fumble on the year. He wears #30. His dad’s name is Buck, so I could see possibly that Bronco’s parents were complete redneck idiots and named their kids Buck and Bronco. Get it? He did mission work in Mexico, meaning he wore a fucking backpack and peddled his Schwinn from door to door asking poor Mexicans for their money in Spanish for a couple of years.

Zed- Rounding up Brazilian Mormons via horseback since 2007.

Zed, what the fuck kind of name is Zed, is a 5’11, 239 lb. sophomore RB, younger brother of Zeke, and son of Buck. Zed has 1 carry for 2 yards this year. He sucks, so he should be glued to the bench and in close heckling range. He wears #35. Zed went on his Mormon mission to Brazil, once again trying to suck the money out of people who don’t have very much as is. It also says he trains horses, so maybe he rode bareback from lean-to to lean-to peddling his delusional religion.

No Photo Available for Zane, so I went with this one of Billy Zane. Zane is currently MIA in El Salvador.

Zane, the youngest and crappiest Mendenall brother, is a freshman RB who is 5’9 190 and sucks harder than the rest of them. These guys are clearly a part of this team because their dad shares a wife with Bronco, or something flawed and twisted like that. He’s #47 and clearly doesn’t play, and I can’t find any mention of his mission work, so he’s either a terrible Mormon or so unimportant that they don’t bother to tout his propaganda spreading. Actually, as I read further into their website it says that he is current serving his mission work in El Salvador, so let’s make sure to let Zed and Zeke know that Zane has been captured in a coup by Juntas in El Salvador and the likelihood of him returning is on par with that of Natalie Holloway.

Real Player to Watch- Jake Heaps (QB, Fr. 6’1, 194- alleged cocky douchebag)

Jake Heaps

Piece of advice, Jake: Invisalign.

Heaps is about as highly touted a prospect to ever set foot in Mormon Country. He was the #1 QB in the nation last year and is ugly as shit. He has wolverine teeth like no other college athlete in the country. Seriously kid, BRACES! Anyways, he chose BYU over just about any school he wanted, so either he’s uber-Mormon or just a total moron. He’s experiencing growing pains this year that make Garrett Gilbert look like a poised veteran, as he has only thrown for 885 yards with 1 TD and 4 INTS. Great ratio, Jake. Keep up the good work. Also, rumors of him being a cocky shit and all around punk are running rampant through the BYU blogosphere, and just about anywhere else you read. I cant find anything concrete, but apparently after losing to Utah State at home, he was quoted saying he had there number all day, or something along those lines. Right, Jake. You really showed them! Also, apparently when picking lockers before the year it goes seniors first, then down in progression to freshmen. Jake apparently didn’t abide by the rules and thought he was so entitled and bad ass that he got the first pick. This also makes me think that if BYU players are crying like little bitches about locker selection then their problems run deeper than being 2-4. However, having been around the Mormon/Provo crybaby ways I am not in the least bit surprised that a few players went and played tattle-tale to the media and coaching staff. Like I said, they are 26 year olds with the minds of 12 year old boys. Anyways, I hope we rip Jake Heaps’ head from his neck and ruin their prospects for the future. Honestly, I hope he comes out cocky and running his mouth, because then it will be that much more satisfying when Tank Carder forces it to be wired shut after breaking his jaw with a nice helmet in his ear-hole. Look on the bright side- then he might actually get braces.

TCU - Boise Talk

Retroactive BYU Hate

Remember when sitcoms in the '80s and '90s would basically give their writers a week off by putting together a 'clip show' of scenes from previous episodes? Well, if it worked for Tim Taylor, Danny Tanner or Cliff Huxtable, it's good enough for me. So, welcome to the Spit Blood Greatest Hits of BYU Hate:

BYU strikes out on their own:

Mormon Haters' Ball by Mankdog September 1, 2010

My Thoughts on BYU by Lyle Lanley September 1, 2010

Behind the scenes story of the BYU debacle by theredbarron August 27, 2010

There will be Craig Thompson by Sir Wesley Willis August 26, 2010

Suck it, BYU! by LT4Heisman August 26, 2010

Couple of afternoon nuggets by SpitPurple August 20, 2010

What grinds my gears- BYU edition by CounselorFrog August 19, 2010

Hey BYU, go fuck yourself by CounselorFrog August 18, 2010

A Done Deal? by Lyle Lanley August 18, 2010

BYU exploring NCAA Polygamy by Sir Wesley Willis August 18, 2010

2009 post granal graping in Provo:

Hitler calls BYU after TCU loss by protectcarter October 28, 2009

Final thoughts on TCU 38, BYU 7 by Lyle Lanley October 26, 2009

Game Awards: TCU vs. BYU by CounselorFrog October 26, 2009

BYU Game Recap by Sir Wesley Willis October 26, 2009

2009 pre granal graping in Provo:

Live from Game Day in Provo by Sir Wesley Willis October 24, 2009

Spitblood Predictions: BYU by Lyle Lanley October 23, 2009

BYU Preview by Sir Wesley Willis October 23, 2009

I will eat your Mormon children by Mankdog October 23, 2009

BYU Honor Code by shortnkerley's October 20, 2009

Spitblood Book Club presents: Under the Banner of Heaven by Lyle Lanley October 20, 2009

2008 after the Frogs were more forceful with BYU than an elderly "prophet" with his 11-year old wife:

Addressing MWC Crowd Control by thefinch October 23, 2008

BYU the greatest team in the universe? by thefinch October 18, 2008

BYU Game Recap: Holy (blank)ing (blank) we kicked the (blank)ing (blank) out of those mother (blank)ers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by Sir Wesley Willis October 17, 2008

2008 pregame:

Game Day Mormon Hate by thefinch October 16, 2008

Frog Talk/Ask-a-Frog: They're coming... by wwhd October 16, 2008

BYU: 10 things to consider by Sir Wesley Willis October 14, 2008

Morning Dump


TCU tries to ease fears about stadium makeover Star-Telegram
-hopefully we'll get a firsthand account of last night's town meeting from one of our own SB'ers later today.

The Frogs are obligated to hit style points for MWC Star-Telegram

When things go awry, winning ugly is beautiful for TCU Dallas Morning News

TCU-BYU takes on added meaning ESPN

TCU getting into meat of schedule Deseret News

BYU's Di Luigi proving to be durable and reliable Deseret News

Cougars' rivalry with TCU may be coming to an end Deseret News
-and whose fault is that, you arrogant goons?

Last win at TCU not a focus for BYU Salt Lake Tribune

TCU preparing for 'better' BYU team BYU Universe

BYU Wednesday Practice Report Deseret News


TCU men picked seventh in MWC poll

TCU women picked first in MWC poll

Lady Frogs picked to repeat as MWC champions Star-Telegram

Other Sports:

Women's soccer takes on BYU at home tonight

Volleyball hits road for two key conference matches

MWC volleyball leaders meet tonight Rocky Mountain Collegian

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