Thursday, November 3, 2011

This Weekend's Games of Interest

Boise State (7-0) at UNLV (2-5) ~ 9:30pm Saturday on CBS College
-Donkey is probably really pissed that they got jumped by Stanford in the BCS standings, and what better way to take out your anger than to beat up on hapless UNLV out in the desert? And while the Bellagio or the Wynn may not quite be Blue Tech fans' scene, I'm sure they'll find a way to have a good time in Vegas.

New Mexico (0-8) at San Diego State (4-3) ~ 7:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-Ronnie Hillman's 224 rushing yards- including 99 on one play- weren't enough for the Aztecs to overcome an atrocious second quarter in their loss to Doo Doo Brown last week. They're all but assured to get back into the win column this week though, as they host New Mexico. I'm pretty sure the Lobos couldn't be any worse if they had Uncle Tio playing QB for them.

Air Force (4-4) vs Army (3-5) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on CBS
-This game is getting the CBS treatment thanks to the slightly-hyped LSU/Alabama game being moved to prime time. The Falcons still need three more wins to become bowl eligible (because they played two FCS teams), but this one will be like a bowl to them because if they win they'll take home the Commander in Chief's Trophy for a second straight year. Some of those rivalry trophies are kind of silly, but trust me- this one's a big, big deal to the service academies.

Colorado State (3-5) is idle this week.

TCU non-conference opponents:

SMU (5-3) vs Tulane (2-7) ~ 2:00pm Saturday
-Hard to believe this SMU team was 5-1 just two short weeks ago. But they've been outscored 65-10 in their last two contests, at Southern Miss and at Tulsa. They ought to be able to get back on track against the Green Wave, who have lost their coach and six straight games. Two candidates to replace Bob Toledo as the head coach on St. Charles Avenue are Mike Leach and former Tulane OC Rich Rodriguez.

Louisiana-Monroe (2-6) at Louisiana-Lafayette (7-2) ~ 2:30pm Saturday
-You would think that this is probably one of the fiercer rivalries within the Sun Belt Conference, right? But then again, I'm gonna go ahead and guess that most of the students at these schools are just LSU fans and won't even be paying attention to this game.

Portland State (5-3) vs Sacramento State (3-5) ~ 3:00pm Saturday
-I guess you could just call this the "It's funny that these two cities have NBA teams and Seattle doesn't" Bowl. The Vikings are coming off a surprisingly easy win over Bo Levi Mitchell and Eastern Washington, and are looking to lock down 3rd place in the Big Sky behind the two Montana teams.

BYU (6-3) is idle this week

Texas Tech (5-3) at Texas (5-2) ~ 11:00am Saturday on FX
-I'm not really sure what to make of either of these teams. The Longhorns looked unstoppable against Kansas last week, but that's kind of like the Frogs beating up on New Mexico. And while I'm sure Lubbock was pretty rowdy after the Red Raiders beat OU in Norman two weeks ago, it was probably a little different following their blowout loss at home to Iowa State.

Texas A&M (5-3) at Oklahoma (7-1) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ABC
-You may recall that back in June, I picked this game to play host to Game Day. Whooops! And who knows- I may have been proven right, if the Aggies hadn't decided to make Lebron look clutch.

Kansas State (7-1) at Oklahoma State (8-0) ~ 7:00pm Saturday on ESPN
-K-State's Cinderella season came to a screeching halt last week in the third quarter against Oklahoma, when the Sooners turned a hard-fought 23-17 halftime lead into a laugher, eventually winning 58-17. It's been difficult to predict anything in the Big 12 this year, but I smell another blowout loss at the hands of another Oklahoma team this weekend.

Missouri (4-4) at Baylor (4-3) ~ 6:00pm Saturday on FSN
-You know what name you're not going to hear any more in Heisman conversations? Robert Griffin. The 21 garbage time points made this one seem not nearly as bad as Baylor's 59-24 loss to Oklahoma State actually was. Now they get to host the same Missouri squad that just beat A&M in College Station- the same A&M that beat Baylor 55-28 two weeks ago.

Kansas (2-6) at Iowa State (4-4) ~ 11:30am Saturday
-Kansas has actually won two games this year? Did they play New Mexico twice? I kid, I kid- they beat McNeese State, a former FCS power and Northern Illinois, a former TCU bowl sacrificial lamb. The Cyclones have a bowl berth square in their sites after their surprising victory in Lubbock, so I'll take them in this one. Because seriously, Kansas sucks.


Frogger98 said...

That Commander in Chief's Trophy is interesting. Let's pull this back to TCU. Say TCU do renews a true rival and its Baylor or Tech, then what should it be called and what should the trophy be?

I have never liked the name Iron Skillet. I could see a cool trophy with Baylor for the Man, Bear, Frog clash. But I like Southpark, so there is probably something better out there.

Frogger98 said...

Sorry, the second sentence should read: Say TCU does renew a true rival series and its Baylor or Tech......

Rotten Arsenal said...

Tech was never really a rival... they join the SWC about the time we became crap for 40 years.
It's Baylor.

Frog of 1993 said...

-Final score: TCU 35, Cold People 7
-MVPs on offense, defense and special teams: All of them - its a team.
-How many snaps does Matt Brown play, and how many TDs does he score? 10-2
-With the grody weather and all, how many TOTAL passes are thrown by both teams? 1-100 (who knows?)
-What day will the 2011-2012 NBA season finally tip off, if ever? When Mark Cuban buys the entire league. Seriously, does anybody care about the NBA? It is a bunch of multimillionaires arguing with a bunch of millionaires about how to divvy up the money they extort from the public by playing a game. Seriously, does anybody really care?