Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Movement Watch: Week 5.

Lot of games to check this week, so let's get to it. We're going AP this week because that's how ESPN lists their schedule and I'm lazy.

Potential Movement, High:

#16 South Florida @ Pitt. Thursday, 7:00PM. ESPN. A Thursday night treat that could be in our future should the Big East not dissolve in the next year. South Florida has relatively cruised to a 4-0 record on a back of a high scoring offense and cupcake filled sched while Pitt has suffered two pretty crushing losses in back to back weeks against Iowa and Notre Dame. However, as those two teams were Iowa and Notre Dame, and both were at home, I'm not sure what Pitt is really working with in Todd Graham's first season under the headset. USF likely wins this one, but a Pitt loss could send the Bulls tumbling.

#14 aggy vs. #18 Arkansas. Saturday, 11:00AM. ESPN. You see what happens aggys and razorbacks? You see what happens when you lose your biggest games of the year on national television IN THE ASS??!? You get the 11:00AM ESPN treatment. Keep that in mind when heading to FW Saturday AM, Eastern-ites. Arkansas was mostly run out of Tuscaloosa by the Alabama Defense on one side and a hearty dose of Trent Richardson on the other, while aggy perfected a second half collapse so succinctly it almost brought tears to my eyes... which it later did when I remembered I had the over. This game should be a whole lot of fun as aggy was officially invited into the SEC this week and almost immediately becomes Arkansas' #1 rival. An arky loss here almost certainly moves us past them in the rankings, but we can't REALLY pull for aggy, can we? I think they'll drop with a loss, anyway.
#15 Baylor @ Kansas State. Saturday, 2:30PM. ABC <----- NOT a misprint. Baylor? On ABC? When they aren't playing UT or Oklahoma? Color me shocked. I highly suggest putting this one on mute because the Robert Griffin slurp will be at peak levels, although I have to admit that his 13 TD/12 Incompletion ratio is ok. JUST ok. Kansas State is coming off the school's biggest non-con win in years after taking out Miami, FL while Baylor has mostly feasted on softies with poor defenses... and I realize what that means for us. I'm really excited to pull for Kansas State in this one.

#17 Texas @ Iowa State. Saturday, 6:00PM. Always Sunny In Philadelphia Channel. Remember that time last year when Iowa State beat Texas in Austin? That was cool. It's a longer shot this year, especially now that Texas seems to have found a QB that isn't a complete failure and Mack realized that giving the ball to your top recruit from last season is GOOD for results. However, ISU has a QB named Steele Jantz. That's just a good name. Oh, and fuck Texas.

Potential Movement, Low:

#13 Clemson @ #11 Virginia Tech. Saturday, 5:00PM. ESPN2. Aww, lookit the cute lil Clemson! They're so happy! Too bad they're going to get not winned Saturday. I'm thinking the loser of this one still stays above us, though.

#10 South Carolina vs. Auburn. Saturday, 2:30 PM. CBS. As long as QB Stephen Garcia doesn't play like a complete idiot - FAR from guaranteed - USC should come out with a win. But doesn't it feel like they're due for a loss soon? Upset special.

ESPN Approved Jumpers:

#21 Georgia Tech @ North Carolina State. Saturday, 2:30PM. ESPN. Do you like football? Do you like FREE money? Georgia Tech -9.5 for a million dollars should do the trick! GT most certainly jumps us with the W.

#22 West Virginia vs. Bowling Green. Saturday, 2:30PM. Remember that time WVU almost had 600 yards of offense and STILL lost by nearly 4 TDs? Cause it was last week. They'll score lots of points and win this week.
#24 Illinois vs. Northwestern. Saturday, 11:00AM. ESPN2. Double upset special - Northwestern may eat poop, but Illinois cannot keep winning. They may have fired Schultz, but that bad mojo don't wash easy. Like the clap.

Decent potential for movement this week, but I can't see us going more than a couple of spots in either direction. And we still have to win our game, which is the opposite of a sure thing. Unlike the clap in Lubbock.

Conference Realignment Drama

We finally know that Texas A&M will indeed be jumping to the SEC next year, although I'm still not sure why it took so long for it to become official. But that slow-cooking rumor turning real has only given the rumor mill new life, as "journalists" and other gossip-mongers around the country continue to churn out hypotheticals. Let's take a look at the latest, but fair warning: take these all with a grain of salt.

Pickens favors adding TCU to Big 12 -Time Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News

Top 5 candidates for Big 12 expansion are BYU, West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati & South Florida -Some dude named Greg Swaim from something call "Big Time Sports"

The Big 12's four candidates are BYU, West Virginia, Louisville & Boise State -John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News

Syracuse leaves Big East for woman named Misti
-The Onion

Hate Week Mailsack.

When we first pitched the idea of the mailsack, we weren't sure what kind of response we were going to get so we really had no expectations for how often it would run. Truthfully, it just seemed like it would be nice filler for a slow day. But thanks to our thousands upon thousands of readers who have absolutely flooded our inbox with queries, we're going to make it 2/2 right out of the gate!

Reader Micah starts us off with a few SMU related jokes...How many SMU students does it take to fix a flat tire?

Answer................... Two, one to hold the martinis while the other calls Daddy.
How does an SMU sorority girl change a light bulb?

"Daddy! I need a new apartment."

Thanks for the contribution Micah, and jokes at SMU's expense are always appreciated. However, I fear pro-SMU factions are likely using the same jokes against TCU and they'd be just as correct. And drinking and driving is never funny, unless it lacks death and involves an SMU student going to jail.

Reader Lindsay defends our shit fans...
I've heard all the BS about unloyal fans who would rather tailgate than return to the 2nd half. One thing that's been forgotten is that is was 90* sunny and damn hot. I saw many fans sweating their asses off and little kids crying from the heat. It always amazes me that like the Texas Rangers we schedule games in the middle of the day in September. Add in that we already had 71 days of 100* temps and it's a no brainer-- the pop ups are cooler in the parking lots. To all those bitching about the stands being empty try playing a night game or add a roof to the stadium!

To give credit where credit is due, it was pretty damned hot in that stajium Saturday and I don't think anyone forgot that, but come now. 90 degrees? It's not exactly the Gobi desert. And have you been in the parking lot? I would argue that with all that black asphalt absorbing the harmful UVA and UVB rays, it's actually much hotter out there.

While I agree with you that the scheduling of games at 1 o'clock in the afternoon isn't exactly fan friendly, let's not forget the two reasons for this situation: Television and, you know, GETTING A KICK ASS NEW STAJIUM!! Can't you folks read the press releases? You may not have noticed, but Amon G is currently an open construction site. Probably not the best idea to have 30,000 "lubed up" jagovs wandering about, no? Hey, it's not the ideal situation, but you can't honestly expect to just wake up one day and have everything fixed. It takes time. No pains no gains.

Really, the fan support Saturday wasn't terrible... on the East Side. For the first half I'd venture a guess that it was 95% full. It's the assholes on the west side who are screwing this thing up for everyone and, more specifically, the folks in club seats. You can complain about the heat all you want, but the sun rises in the east and sets in the west! The west side is shaded! Astronomy, bitches!

Normally I'd attribute it to parking lot loitering, but check out Lot 3 this weekend, which is where they moved all the folks who likely qualified for the club seats. Unless history suddenly reverses itself, there were MAYBE 5 total tailgates in that entire lot. What we have here are all the haves putting on adult diapers and pouting at home because their tailgates were temporarily moved for the sake of progress. So I'm attributing it to them not showing up at all rather than them enjoying the tailgating atmosphere in lieu of the game.

To be honest, I don't get as riled up about lack of fan support as a lot of folks that frequent this site because it's just not worth it. It's always going to be that way until we're in the Big 12. And it's sad, but it is what it is. But using the start time and heat as an excuse? Give me a break. This is Texas and it's hot in Texas in September. If you can't handle it, buy a Prius and stay indoors and pleasure yourself to An Inconvenient Truth.

Reader Lalo thinks we're racists...So didn't know y'all frat boys don't take to kind to non Anglos. I was a long time reader but will now remove my app. As a tcu alum myself and true fan. I still love ALL tcu family, Anglo or non anglo. Don't forget, you pilgrim offspring, your ancestors were "foreigners" too. Dick breath!

Hey Lalo, thanks for reading! I don't know what got you so riled up, but boy, you sure are angry. First off, an apology for whatever rubbed you the wrong way. Admittedly, rubbing folks the wrong way is kind of our MO here, but doing so in a racist manner is certainly the opposite of what we're about. Believe it or not, not all of the contributors to this site are "frat boys" and not all of them are anglo. And have you ever read the way we've deified guys like Waymon James, Josh Boyce, Antoine Hicks, Ed Wesley, Braylon Broughton, Stansly Maponga, Tejay Johnson, Jeremy Kerley, Jimmy Young... well, you get it. I'd actually venture a guess to say we're much tougher on the anglos. Just ask Ross Evans. Regardless, clearly something did not suit your expectations for the site and again, all apologies. Hopefully you'll be come back around.

Also, I opened a new tube of Colgate this morning and my breath tastes remarkably minty and fresh, thank you very much.

Reader Tyler suggests Pachall needs a nickname. I agree...What should the official nickname for Pachall be? It seems like he's got a lot of good things to work with... for Dalton all we had was the Rooster, or Red something, or The Less Creepy (Tebow) Christian Quarterback:

Professor Chaos -- a good one for obvious reasons.
Casey, the Creator -- another one referencing the pictures that popped up this summer
The Convict -- because he looks like either Nicolas Cage from Con Air or a guy I could see playing quarterback opposite Michael Vick in the inter-jail football league.
Brett Favre -- because we wears #4
Dr. Strangelove - again referencing the strange pictures from the summer.

It's true that a QB really isn't a QB until he has a proper nickname, but he probably needs a full season under his belt before we can officially decide. I'm always partial to Casey, the Creator because of its timely brilliance, but I think Casey's play this year has earned him the right to put that whole episode behind him. Brett Favre is clearly not going to fly with this crew, and the Convict is a little aggressive and antagonizing. I'd say of your suggestions Professor Chaos has the most potential, but here are a few more I came up with just now. Readers, please contribute your own in the comments.

-The Notorious PAC. Would also work with his initials C_P, but I do not know his middle name.
-Six PAC - cause TDs, sicko.
-The Tatted Assassin, or the Tatsassin
-Magic Sleeve
-Fine Line Ink - OSU tattoo parlor, potential to work with here which I clearly did not.
-The Brownwood Bomber
-Brownwood's Finest
-Professor Long Hair
-James Fry's Fart Catcher

Seriously readers, help us out.

Finally, our last reader had a photo contribution to keep you warm during Hate Week:

Oh Ponies. Never change. HATE HATE HATE!!

Morning Dump

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Patterson meets with media

TCU-SMU rivalry alive and well ESPN

SMU looking for first win at SMU since 1993 AP

Defenses enter 'Skillet' clash with something to prove
Dallas Morning News

SMU's top receiver likely out vs TCU
Dallas Morning News

Future appears bright for Dalton
Dayton Daily News

Victor Boschini: The TT interview Texas Tribune