Thursday, November 10, 2011

A request to our readers

We've got a homework assignment for our readers. The Gary Patterson Radio Show is on the air tonight at 6:00pm, live from the Railhead. Sir Wesley and I are headed to a concert of a certain indie band from Boise State's corner of the country, so we won't be able to listen.

If a few of you could head up to the Railhead or at least listen (on 92.1 FM, 88.7 FM or online) and fill the comments section of this post with a report of anything newsworthy said by GP, Blaize Foltz or anyone else on the air, that'd be swell.

This Weekend's Games of Interest

Wyoming (5-3) at Air Force (5-4) ~ 1:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-Despite both being just one win shy of six, these schools actually need two more wins to reach bowl eligibility because they both played (and beat) two FCS teams. The winner of this one is probably in line for the Poinsettia Bowl, with the loser likely aimed at the New Mexico Bowl.

San Diego State (5-3) at Colorado State (3-5) ~ 5:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-The Aztecs responded to their loss against Wyoming by putting up 486 yards of total offense against New Mexico last weekend. They'll probably have even more success on offense against Colorado State, who has lost four in a row and hasn't kept an opponent under 30 points since September 17th.

UNLV (2-6) at New Mexico (0-9) ~ 9:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-Even as bad as UNLV is, they've at least showed some signs of life at times this season. New Mexico, as we've discussed at length, is JUST. TERRIBLE. The only way that the Lobos win this game is if some of the UNLV players were paid off by some Vegas insiders to throw it. Those same Vegas lowlifes, by the way, are likely to be the only people on earth watching this game on TV.

TCU non-conference opponents:

SMU (6-3) vs Navy (3-6) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on FSN
-For the third straight year, SMU is bowl-eligible after jumping out to a 31-0 lead and then coasting to a 45-24 win over Tulane last week. Zach Line ran for 143 yards, putting him over 1,000 yards for the year. I sure hate SMU, but that kid is just awesome. The Middies beat up on Troy, 42-14, in Annapolis last week- snapping a six game losing skid.

BYU (6-3) vs Idaho (2-7) ~ 8:15pm Saturday on ESPN2
-Tom Cruise and his crazy clan will look to get back in the win column after having their 5-game win streak snapped by the Frogs two weeks ago in Arlington. They are already locked into the Armed Forces Bowl and the Vandals are already mathematically eliminated from bowl-eligibility, so there's not a whole lot on the line here.

Portland State (6-3) at Northern Colorado (0-10) ~ 1:00pm Saturday
-Just how bad is 0-10 Northern Colorado? They're pretty bad...but Colorado State only beat them by 19...

Louisiana Monroe (2-7) vs. Middle Tennessee (2-6) ~ 2:00pm Saturday on
-Despite having the 11th-best rush defense in the country, the Warhawks have been unable to keep an opponent under 30 points only once this season. If you're surprised that ESPN 3 would pick this game up, well, you obviously don't know how big a deal 6th place in the Sun Belt is.

Texas (6-2) at Missouri (4-5) ~ 11:00am Saturday on FX
-If you listen to Texas fans, they are on their way back to prominence after rolling up a combined 880 rushing yards the past two weeks. Of course, that total came against Kansas and Texas Tech- who are ranked dead-last and third-to-last in the nation, respectively. Missouri's no run-stopping machine, but I don't think the 'Horns will have their way with the Tigers in quite the same manner.

Oklahoma State (9-0) at Texas Tech (5-4) ~ 11:00am Saturday on ABC
-The only two teams that the Red Raiders have kept to under 34 points all year have been Texas State and New Mexico. To translate that...they suck on defense. That's not good news with Oklahoma State coming to town.

Baylor (5-3) at Kansas (2-7) ~ 1:00pm Saturday on ESPN
-Looks like the Bears will be bowl-eligible for the second straight year, because Kansas is...not good. They might beat New Mexico, but not too many other teams. Fort Worth native Turner Gill is probably on his way out as Jayhawks' coach- if the Frogs have an opening on their staff, I'd love to snap him up for recruiting purposes.

Texas A&M (5-4) at Kansas State (7-2) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ABC
-If this game weren't at the exact same time as the TCU game, I'd be watching. Kansas State has been a very fun team to watch this year, as they've almost inexplicably scrapped their way to the top of the Big 12 standings. And how much fun would it be to watch the Aggies' "dream season" crash back to .500?

Oklahoma (8-1) and Iowa State (5-4) are idle this week.

Boise- apparently not completely devoid of humor

Judging by the responses to our totally-serious boycott of potatoes, I was beginning to think that no one associated the former junior college up in Idaho could take -or even recognize- a joke. I was relieved, then, when I saw this post from Drew Roberts on Nice work, Drew.

Like Boise State fans, we're not real keen on seeing someone take shots at the appearance of one of our sports heroes or the perception of our university and/or home state. My guess, though, is that Drew's shots at GP aren't met with dozens of responses telling him he's a dumbass because "Patterson was actually born in Larned, Kansas" or "that munchkin won the Rose Bowl".

But maybe that's because our state has more going for it than just a college football team?

Morning Dump

TCU knows legacy of Boise State star QB

Boise-TCU could come down to defense

Patterson playing up TCU's underdog role
Fox Sports SW

Remember the Frogs? TCU finally gets another chance to prove itself with toughest challenge

TCU coach Patterson searches everywhere for clues to stop Boise State offense
Idaho Statesman

Bartee Haile: Fifties were golden era for TCU under Abe Martin
San Marcos Mercury

Horned Frogs open at No. 24 Georgia Friday

Brock standout Kamy Cole signs with TCU

TCU's Rasch named Mountain West swimmer of the week

Athletic Department:
Notes on a scorecard

Gyurko and Prince tabbed athletes of the week

TCU holds annual "Reading Frogs" event