Thursday, November 1, 2012

Daily Discussion: Game Weather


As you all know, Hurricane Sandy had it's way with the east coast over the past couple of days.  What you may not know since nobody pays attention to that part of the world, is that the state of West Virginia got pounded by snow earlier this week.  I'm not positive how nasty the weather got in Morgantown, but I do know that snow fell there and it's still cold and wet there and will stay that way for a couple more days.  What that means is that the field on Saturday will undoubtedly not be ideal conditions for football, but which team does that benefit?  WVU and their high powered offense love to throw it all around the yard, but if the weather is still dicey does that play right into the Frogs' hands?  Our strength is our run defense and intermediate passing attack, so maybe a little rough weather would be a good thing.  It's not looking like it will be too terrible, but would you prefer to see a sloppy track or have everything dried and sunny come game time?  Knowing TCU's propensity to cough the ball up, maybe a dry field (and football) would be a good thing, but the last time a pass happy team played TCU on a messy day they picked SMU off 5 times.  So let's hear it- what do you want from Saturday weather-wise?  Do you even think the remnants of HurricaneSuperstorm Sandy will make any difference Saturday?  This is our team's first trip anywhere further than Kansas as well, so do you think the travel will get to us?  Let me know what you think.

Finally Some Good News...


Despite suffering a knee injury late in the Oklahoma State game, it appears that Trevone Boykin will be starting Saturday against West Virginia.  Hopefully he's not too hobbled and slowed down by his leg injury because with the weather that has been pummeling that part of the country over the past few days, we are certainly going to need to be able to run the ball.  Having said that, I still think Boykin at less than 100% still gives this team the best chance to win.  Now let's make sure to get him moving out of the pocket a little bit to prevent those passes from being swatted down at the line.

One more small nugget of good news:  it appears that Stansly Maponga will also give it a go on Saturday, although I am sure he will be very, very limited.  Let's hope he can make some sort of an impact and take some attention of of Devonte Fields and the front 4 can create some pressure on Geno Smith.  Finally things seem to maybe be going our way, even if it's just a little bit.

Morning Dump: 11/01


Football:
WVU favored against TCU by a touchdown, O/U at 68 - SBNation
Boykin will start for TCU, Maponga to return - Star-Telegram
Defense will punch TCU's bowl ticket - Star-Telegram
Patterson to his QB - "You're not Dan Marino" - Big Mac Blog
TCU facing reality of playing BCS-level teams each week - Star-Telegram Vacuous Mac Engle column
1984 WVU QB honorary captain on Saturday - The Journal
Patterson says TCU, WVU on same trail - Dallas Morning News
TCU@WVU Preview - CBSSports.com
The TCU Story: Closer than you Think - The Smoking Musket
Frogs put squeeze on QBs - WV Metro News
Mountineers, Horned Frogs going deep into rosters - Charleston Daily Mail
Young and Younger - Daily Mail

Things to do in and around Morgantown W.Va. - The Smoking Musket

Soccer:
TCU Upsets #14 WVU in Big 12 tournament, face Texas Friday - Star-Telegram

Volleyball:
TCU Falls to Texas in 3 - gofrogs.com

Baseball:
Monday Morning Manager: Part 1, Part 2 - Frogs O' War

Chris Del Conte:
Chat wrap - gofrogs.com