Thursday, November 3, 2011

Players to Watch: The Wyoming Ice Bowl

Considering the circumstances of Saturdays game- for those who somehow don't know yet, it's gonna be colder and whiter than Al Davis's corpse, and wind will be blowing more vigorously than Kim Kardashian on Ray J- I'd say the players to watch most certainly have to focus on the guys who are going to be running the ball and making the tackles, even though we are susceptible to getting torched vertically and have shown our own big play ability in the air. If we get burned through the air in a snowstorm, I'd say we are pretty screwed a week later when we play Boise and I don't want to think about that yet, so we'll keep the players to watch grounded.

Offense: Alvester Alexander (Jr. RB, 5'11, 208 #32)

Alexander was an honorable mention All-MWC performer last season after amassing 792 rushing yards as well as 14 TD's, and he's 1 yard away from being the team's leading rusher so far this season with a total of 370 yards and second on the team in TD's with 4. His 81 carries lead the team, so you can expect him to shoulder the load when the Cowboys have the ball, although there are 3 others on the squad with over 50 carries (Ghaali Muhammad, Brandon Miller, and QB Brett Smith, who leads the team with 6 rushing TD's). Alexander can also be a receiving threat out of the backfield as well, and in snowy conditions I'd expect short passes to the RB to be pretty commonplace. So far, he has 175 yards on 10 catches with no TD's, so although he doesn't have a lot of catches, his 17.5 yards per catch should be alarming considering how our LB's have struggled in pass coverage this year.

Defense: Gabe Knapton (Sr. DE, 6'3, 263 #52)


There's really no other way to describe Knapton than that he's just a beast. I mean, look at that beard. He makes Mike Napoli look like a big vagina. Seriously. He performs on the field, too. In 2010 he led all MWC defensive linemen with 67 tackles on his way to an honorable mention All-MWC performance. He's already topped his 4 sacks last year with 5 so far this season, and he's third on the team with 44 tackles thus far. He's also blocked a kick, so if there's ever a time for Ross Evans to start being bad Ross Evans again, it would be in the snow with a bearded, kick blocking monster in front of him. I know my intro said I would focus on the guys mainly focused on stopping the run, but for a defensive end he sure is tough to handle in the trenches. It should be noted that all of his tackles for loss this year have been sacks though. Honestly though, he does seem like a pretty good player, but I really just wanted to put his picture on here because he's a creepy looking dude.

Post Lunch Dump

TCU receiver Josh Boyce can set records, despite slump ~FWST

TCU's Patterson urges Horned Frogs to focus on Wyoming ~Casper Star-Tribune

Wyoming game a test for Horned Frogs ~FS Southwest

TCU could regret jumping out of the Big East if it retains its BCS membership ~FWST Blog

AJ Hilliard back on the market ~ESPN Blog

Linebacker from Texas de-commits from Arizona ~Tucson Citizen

Bellaire senior linebacker hoping for TCU offer ~HS Gridiron

New Frog Squad All In for 2011-12 ~Go Frogs

College Basketball Preview - Mountain West Conference ~Fox News

TCU Takes Winning Streak To UNLV, San Diego State ~Go Frogs

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.

Implosion #2 set for December

It'll probably be a little less dramatic than the last one, but as Chris Del Conte announced in his weekly Notes on a Scorecard column- the second implosion of Amon G. Carter Stadium is scheduled to happen sometime in December, shortly after the home finale against UNLV. They'll be blowing up the east side of the stadium- excuse me, OUR side of the stadium, so there's a chance this one may actually be more personal. So if you were like me and were too lazy and/or cold to get out of bed last December 5th to go watch history, you're going to get a second chance to not miss out on this.