If Mario says it, it MUST be true!
With the great Snowpocalypse of 2011 having finally left town - at least until tomorrow - along with the North Texas Superbowl, it is officially the off season. Well, I suppose it's been the off-season since the Rose Bowl ended for the majority of us, but for the sake of being official, it was over when Ben Roethlisberger raped an incomplete pass to, meh, who cares? And while baseball season is just around the corner, as lyle said in an earlier post, most of us are football junkies first and foremost no matter if the games are still being played or no, so what better time to fire up the 2011 schedule rumor mill?
We've talked it to death on this site, but here is what we can more or less confirm. TCU will play Baylor and SMU in non-conference games next year 100% set in stone.
But, with the absences of Utah and BYU on the schedule next year, that leaves 2 more games to be played. One is that long rumored game against BYU at Jerryworld that makes sense, but at the same time you can't underestimate the will of Gary Patterson is being against this happening. There has also been talk of a game against Lamar University, which makes sense because we're surely going to toss a Division I-AA underling into the mix. It has not been confirmed whether or not a wager has been placed with Lamar AD Billy Tubbs requiring the coach to return to Fort Worth to assume his old duties on the pine with a TCU win.
However, using our EXCLUSIVE spitblood moles, three other games have been mentioned as possible candidates, and one that you may not have heard of before. One could be an away game against Cal, which has been mentioned before. Another could be an away game against UNC in Chapel Hill, which has been rumored due to Danny Morrison's presence in Charlotte. And the third would be a home game against UTEP.
Clearly the most attractive scenario would involve BYU, Cal and UNC in some order, but it's unlikely we'll be able to get all of those teams to agree. Regardless, just a little more fuel for the schedule fire to tide you over until the final announcement is made - if you read this week's Notes on a Scorecard, it should be soon.