Brandon Carter has more ups than you.
I'm going to break character for a bit here and not do the usual hate on our upcoming opponent and try to dig up reasons why Colorado State is the most despicable program in the country for a week. The events of this weekend have made me impervious to any sort of negativity this week, and it all began on Saturday as I watched what was quite possibly the ugliest kick since Jordan Jefferson's preseason shenanigans. Not only that, but the Cowboys beat a decent team convincingly and the Texans...well, sorry guys. Seriously though, I want to go back and give my own opinions on what took place Saturday, and I know Sir Wesley already did this in detail and hit the nail right on the head per usual, but I'm still riding my high and would like to reflect on it a little bit too. So feel free to read ahead if you want, but really I'm doing this more because it feels so damn good to keep talking about this game, but perhaps more importantly how bright the future looks for this team.
One thing that has failed to be mentioned yet but might be what has me most excited about that game is the fact that everyone who scored a point for us sans Ross Evans were freshmen and sophomores. I realize that only constitutes 3 people, but man, that's quite a nice little nucleus to have going into the Big 12, isn't it? I think even the biggest of the few remaining Big 12 naysayers would believe we're going to win quite a few games with Casey Pachall throwing to Boyce, Carter, David Porter, Cam White, LaDarius Brown, and turning and handing it to Tucker, James, and Wesley. I'm sure I'm leaving out several other future contributors, but the list goes on, so you get the point. Oh, and the most crucial play of the day that didn't somehow come as a result of Casey Pachall's beautifully inked right arm was made by a freshman as well- thank you, Jonathan Anderson for blowing up their RB and getting us the damn ball back. You're quickly emerging as the next great safety at TCU. It's weird to say, but we didn't win that game with experience at all- we won it by straight up out-talenting our opponent, displaying ridonkulous speed that we all knew this team had, and of course, the great GP reminded Frog Nation why he's the best coach money can buy. I'd stack that dude up against the Nick Saban's, Bob Stoops's and Joe Pater...uhh...well I'd stack him up against Saban and Stoops any day of the week. Seriously, let's start building the GP statue outside of the Carter like tomorrow.
I could probably do an entire post on this guy alone, but I'll limit it to one paragraph although I feel like I'm doing him an injustice by doing so. Josh Boyce, he is a man among boyce out there (super lame pun. I'm not sorry). I know Pachall is the one getting the ball to him, but every time we've needed a guy to step up over the past 2 seasons, you've been there. Utah immediately comes to mind, and we know how he crushed their souls last year, but even in the rare losses he's been the guy keeping us around. His 4th quarter against Baylor was the spark in our comeback attempt, and it was obvious both he and CP were not playing at 100%. He had a 4th quarter TD to help ignite the comeback against SMU as well. And then of course, there was what he did Saturday, which was take the wind out of the Boise sails by tying it up on the 74 yard bomb, and then never looking back the rest of the game. The icing on the cake which cemented Boyce as my favorite current Frog and I think the best player on this team was definitely the "I'm taking this ball from you and you can't do shit about it" grit that he showed on that 2-point conversion that won the game for us. That is the kind of player that makes a team great. He was not going to be denied no matter what, and he made a great play on a ball where he had no business catching it, let alone getting in the endzone. He was quiet for a few weeks, but I think that ugly ass blue field woke a sleeping giant. He and CP will be legends when it's all said and done here.
Just to be myself for a little bit, I'll get angry for a second. Byron Hout, I hope every ligament in your knee shreds to pieces for what you did Saturday and basically your whole career at Boise State. His failed decapitation attempt of Pachall has already been posted, as well as him getting LaGarrette Blounted, but I can't find the video of him driving his knees into the back of Waymon James after he got used on a wheel route, but that play was dirty as well. I never seriously wish injury on opposing players, but I want him to get a knee injury so grotesque that they have to surround him with curtains on the sidelines and euthanize him Kentucky Derby style. I really do think if I saw that guy go down, I'd stand up and applaud it. It's been a long time coming for trash like him, and he doesn't deserve to be playing football anymore. Since we know the cowardly MWC won't suspend him I guess I'll just root for an injury. Hope that's okay with everyone. Actually, I don't care. That's how I feel.
Okay, now that I've had my moment of Hout Hate, I'd like to get back to the good stuff. I think if at the beginning of the year anyone had told me we would be 8-2 at this point in our season I would've been completely fine with that, but honestly I'm wayyyyy better than fine with it right now. I'm ecstatic. Maybe it's the way we got to 8-2, maybe it's how much progress this team has shown, maybe it's because the BCS is still barely in the picture, but whatever the reason is, I'm thrilled with it. This win Saturday is exactly the kind of signature win this squad needed to usher us in to the Big 12, which we all know will be a grind and a lot tougher than we deal with now. What's left to intimidate these guys? A Texas squad that completes less passes than Tim Tebow? OU in Fort Worth without Ryan Broyles and quite possibly Landry Jones? Oklahoma State with a QB who isn't in his 30's and no Justin Blackmon? I say bring it on. I'm not saying we can run the table, but I am saying that there's nothing that this team will see in the following years that will bring them to their knees and have them trembling. This TCU team got its swagger back Saturday, something I hadn't seen since Pasadena, and it's not going away any time soon. Enjoy the future, folks, because it's so bright it's blinding.
One last thing to leave you with before I go. SWW made mention about how I predicted TCU to win and then might have claimed I wasn't that heartfelt about it, but hey, I've gotta gloat for a second because I kinda hit the nail right on the head. Remember this from the so-called failed blog exchange...?
34-31 TCU. GP's defense comes up with one late stop that's just enough to get the job done. TCU pounds it out with the three headed monster of Ed Wesley, Waymon James, and Matthew Tucker, but a big strike from Pachall to Josh Boyce in the 4th makes the difference. Boise may get in field goal range late with a shot to tie it, but the Boise kicker (who is probably on the TCU payroll like Brotzman was last year) will shank the shit out of it and then cry on the field Tim Tebow style.
Bonus.) What is your prediction for Saturdays matchup?
Not bad, except for the whole being able to run the ball thing, eh? I also bet on the Frogs as well, so it wasn't a complete homer call on my part. Okay, so maybe it was, but still, I'm considering taking my next paycheck up the WinStar and putting it all on black. Who's coming with me???