Thursday, November 11, 2010

I had one Spit Blood reader ask me if, after last weekend's developments, I would continue with these Strenff of Schedule posts. Sure, it does look like the Frogs are a pretty solid #3 right now, with no chance to pass Oregon or Auburn if they remain undefeated and little chance of being passed by Boise State. But hey, we've all been watching college football for a while, right? What you "know" one week in college football can be flip-turned upside down in an instant, so you're gonna have to suffer through these posts the rest of the season. Deal with it!

Game of the Week:

Utah (8-1) at Notre Dame (4-5)...1:30pm Saturday on NBC*
-It was pretty nauseating to hear people being critical of the Frogs' 47-7 win in Salt Lake City last weekend by saying that the Utes were "overrated". That's like finally beating your older brother in driveway hoops and then him claiming that he let you win. Utah could do a lot to validate what happened last Saturday by going out and taking care of the Irish on national TV.

Other Big'uns:

Baylor (7-3) vs. Texas A&M (6-3)...6:00pm Saturday on FSN
-For two weeks, Baylor was ranked and...hold on, let me repeat that...BAYLOR WAS RANKED and appeared to be the Frogs' biggest SOS help before the Frogs showed that they may not need it. Good thing, too, because the Bears experienced another of those "flukes" against the Cowboys, losing by about a million...I couldn't tell you the final score because I was busy being way too nervous for the Frogs' game that later I felt really silly about being nervous for. Baylor's chances of winning the Big 12 South are probably shot now, but they can still gain respectability with a strong finish.

Oregon State (4-4) vs. Washington State (1-9)...3:00pm Saturday on Fox Sports Northwest
-The Beavers have definitely had a frustrating season, and before they can think about playing spoiler against Stanford or Oregon later this year, they need to focus on winning winnable games like this weekend's game against Wazzu to ensure bowl eligibility. It should be noted that it is "Dad's Weekend" in Corvallis, which sounds like a recipe for a lot of 50-something year old men staying out way too late and making complete asses of themselves. I hope whatever college my future kids go to has something like this.


BYU (4-5) at Colorado State (3-7)...1:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-I'm not sure a win for either of these teams is going to affect TCU that much, but BYU still has a chance to gain bowl eligibility, which would mean straight cash homey for TCU. Plus, you never want the embarrassment of your conference not being able to fill bowl slots.

New Mexico (1-8) at Air Force (6-4)...5:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-Hold up, what?! New Mexico won a game?!?! It'd be really easy to jokingly ask if they played the Dallas Cowboys here, but in fact it was the doo-doo brown Wyoming Cowboys that they defeated. Air Force, on the other hand, clinched the Commander in Chief's trophy last weekend and is among the teams on TCU's schedule that are doing the Frogs proud right now.

Tennesee Tech (4-5) vs. Eastern Kentucky (4-5)...1:30pm Saturday
-Please, Tennesee Tech, just please finish the year with a winning record. I don't think your record even really matters in terms of the Frogs' strength of schedule, but how hard is it to win 6 games in I-AA?

Wyoming (2-8) at UNLV (1-8)...9:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-I would rather watch re-runs of "Mad About You" than this game. I'm dead serious.

*-Pig Vomit tells me I need to pronounce it "Eeeeeeeeeeeeyun-B-C"

Week 11 Players to Watch: San Diego State Aztecs

As I said earlier this week, this is no cake walk for us, so the Rose Bowl/BCS championship game talk needs to be quieted down at least for a week. I am pretty worried about the lack of focus on this game, at least from our fan base, but I doubt our team is sharing the same sentiments as the fan base. Anyways, this SDSU team is pretty loaded with talent on the offensive side of the ball, as Coach Patterson has mentioned this week, and I’d be pretty shocked if we made it 7 straight weeks holding an opponent to single digit points. Let’s hope I’m wrong though, and we continue to amaze me on the defensive end. This was a tough week to pick players to watch because Brady Hoke has done a great job utilizing so many different weapons on offense. They’ve got a QB averaging 269 yards per game, 2 receivers on pace to go well over 1,000 yards receiving, and a 1,000 yard rusher who leads the MWC and is only a freshman. We may be gone after this year, but this team isn’t going anywhere any time soon and good for them. Defensively I don’t know near as much about them, but they let BYU score points and had a huge secondary lapse/missed tackle party against Missouri, so I assume they’re not the best we’ve faced. Then again, I thought Utah was good…

Ronnie Hillman (Fr. RB, 5’10 175, #13)

Ronnie going 93.

I’ve tried not to pick the obvious guy that will make an impact this year, but in some cases I have no choice. Hillman is the man. He averages 116 ypg, has amassed 12 TDs on the ground, and averages 5.6 yards per carry. Honestly, I haven’t seen much of SDSU this year, but I know he’s small and speedy, and in high school was dubbed the “Reggie Bush of Orange County” in high school by some dude named Steve Fryer, so I can imagine what his running style is like. Hillman’s production has tapered off of late, although he did just go for 151 last week against CSU. He had 8 TDs and averaged 133 yards per game after just 4 games this season. Earlier in the season, he torched Missouri (from the Almighty Big 12) for 228 yards and 2 TDs, including a 93 yarder. He also went for 191 against Air Force. Let’s just say that Hillman probably has more big play ability than anyone we’ve seen since the Rodger’s brothers (yes, even more than the great Robert Griffin III), and he’ll touch the ball 25 times a game unlike Shaky Smithson, so the ability to contain him through all 4 quarters could be our toughest challenge in quite a while. Oh, and if we are able to stop Hillman, we still have 2 game breaking WRs and veteran QB to deal with.

Now, if you’re like me and looking for a reason to pick on Hillman when he’s on the sidelines, this can be done (outside of being small, which always works). Hillman enrolled last fall at SDSU, but there were questions surrounding his SAT score that forced him to withdraw from school. Then for some reason he went to Georgia and worked as a waiter until he was able to score high enough on his SAT to qualify at SDSU(i.e. correctly spell his name on the form). So, feel free to make fun of him for being a short, dummy who had more trouble with the SAT than Derrick Rose. Also, since he was a waiter, I will probably yell at him to freshen up my beverage or get me a hot dog.

Miles Burris (Jr. LB, 6’3 240, #9)

Sorry it's not bigger. His hair couldn't fit into a bigger photo.

Miles “Sunshine” Burris is the team’s leading tackler with 50, leader in sacks with 7, and leader in tackles for loss with 13. He is the team’s leading returning tackler from last year with 58 and is the only returning starter at linebacker. It appears to me that he must play strictly around the line of scrimmage, because he doesn’t have any pass break ups or interceptions on the year. That might also be because he can’t disguise himself in coverage very well because of his long, flowing, shiny chestnut locks.

Nice headband, brah.

I’m pretty uninspired to do much more analysis of this guy or their defense as a whole, but I’m sure we can find plenty of ways to ridicule some Cali-bro-douche with a head of hair like this. Please feel free to refer to him as such nicknames as Sunshine, Lattimer, Fabio, Mike Miller, Rapunzel, or anything else you can think of. This guy deserves it.

Very few tickets remain for Saturday

After selling out just three football games since the end of the Southwest Conference, it looks as though TCU will be playing in front of the third sell-out crowd of the 2010 season when they take on San Diego State this weekend. Section S is the only part of the stadium that still has seats available- the entire upper deck and both endzones are already sold out.

It's not just the last home game for this incredible group of seniors and your last chance to drink all day before watching the Frogs and then eating a meal at Fuzzy's that you won't remember until the next day- it's also the last-ever game at the orginial Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is set to be demolished on December 5th...unless of course someone sees the Virgin Mary on one of the walls.

Horned Frogs leery of post-Utah letdown Star-Telegram

No one can really know if TCU is really better than all the rest Star-Telegram

Letdown not in Gary Patterson's vocabulary ESPN Dallas

Kirkpatrick named a Lombardi Award finalist

SDSU's Hoke 'not looking to bail' after two years San Diego Union-Tribune


It's time for Congress to sack the BCS Washington Post
-You tell the world, Sally Jenkins!

In Paterno's 400 wins, there are some lessons for Boise State and TCU Cleveland Plain Dealer

Big East:

Big East and TCU a match made in realignment heaven CBS Sports

Other TCU Sports:

Chris Del Conte's Notes on a Scorecard

Volleyball to host Wyoming, CSU this weekend

Women's Basketball signs four new players

...and finally, a Veteran's Day message from Chancellor Boschini: