Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ready for some real competition

I feel like I hardly have anything to write about this week because of the serious lack of games between comparable competitors. Plus, my Horned Frogs had a bye week. I understand that strong teams want to play teams that they will most likely beat in these first few weeks. And I also understand that these underdogs agree to these games for experience, exposure, and, of course, money. However, it does not make them any more entertaining to watch.

With scores like these...

- Miami 77         Savannah State 7
- Baylor 70         University of Louisiana Monroe 7
- UCLA 59         New Mexico State 13
- Ohio State 76   Florida A&M 0
- Louisville 72    Florida International  0

It does not make for a very exciting week in college football. The highlight for me might have been that the University of North Texas Mean Green was tied with Georgia all the way into the 3rd quarter until Georgia took it 45-21. These weeks are at least more entertaining when there is a big upset but, alas, I did not see any of those this week. Therefore, I'm going to answer some of my reader questions from last week from my uber-talented sister-in-law...

Question: I want to hear a full argument about why we don't/shouldn't like Manziel. After all, don't we, as a football-watching society, deserve some blame for his arrogance, since we've done nothing but gape at him and praise him for years? He didn't call himself "Johnny Football", after all.

I completely agree that the media and football audience can take some blame in his ego. However, we have praised other talented players before who did not seem to take the arrogance quite to his level...I'm thinking someone like RG3. A really talented football player who never (that I saw) gave off a jerky vibe. I'm also not convinced he or his family didn't start the name Johnny Football, and if not them then I think it was the Aggie fans. We already know that as a general rule I do not speak highly of the Aggies. (If I had any Aggie readers I'm sure I lost them many blogs ago.) for an argument why we shouldn't like Manziel...for me personally it is because of little gestures like this, his Drake money sign below, and just his overall immaturity and cockiness.

(Thomas Campbell/USA Today Sports Images)

So while I think this is the persona that has, in some ways, been given to him by the media and it would be really hard for him to change it at this would be nice to see him try.

More of this:

(Photo: Instagram via @JManziel2)

Less of this:

(Photo: Instagram via @JManziel2)

Question: Do you think that BYU is the new dark horse, or does UT just suck this year?

I don't think BYU is the dark horse...mainly because they have lost 2 of their 3 games to unranked opponents, only beating UT. UT won this week against Kansas State which is definitely a morale boost for them. However, Kansas State lost their season opener to Division 2 North Dakota State so they aren't exactly the same strong team we saw from them last year. I still think it will be interesting to see what happens with UT this year and if this is their momentum changer or just a fluke.

Thanks for the questions! It gave me something more to talk about since the games were such a snooze.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Back by popular demand...

And by popular demand I mean my family and two friends. I had thought about ceasing the Legitimate Sideline Girl but I'm going to try and keep it going. I think one reason I wasn't super eager to blog this year is because, frankly, I'm kind of depressed about my beloved Horned Frogs. I haven't lost hope because I never give up on my Frogs but I'm definitely concerned. I was pumped that our QB Pachall was going to be back this season. However, he did not look great in the first two games and now is out with a broken arm. I'm bummed for him because he worked so hard to come back. After the first couple games I felt positive about Boykin continuing as quarterback but after this week against Tech my hope is faltering.  On to my highlights for the week...

  • TCU vs. Texas Tech -- I really do not care to talk about this game. I'm still not over it. Sure our offense was questionable at best but the officiating was some of the worst I have seen. I don't like when people blame a game on the referees but there were several game-changing calls that were made that even the announcers agreed were unfair to TCU. I will hand it to Tech that I think they are going to be a better team then most predicted, but they did not necessarily deserve that win. I'm not sure we did either. I just wish we could have played a fair game to find out.
Final Score: Texas Tech - 20   TCU - 10
  • UT vs. Ole Miss -- After Texas' loss to BYU last week I was interested to see if they improved this week. They did not. If this continues, I can't imagine that UT will keep Mack Brown around for another year.
Final Score: Ole Miss - 44     UT - 23
  • Honestly the majority of the games this week were not that exciting to me because they are mostly pre-season games where powerhouse teams take on the ultimate underdogs. I didn't see any big upsets from these games this week either. I'm looking forward to getting into the conference games more next week.
  • Of course, I have to talk about the much-anticipated Alabama vs. Texas A&M game. I'm not a fan of either of these teams. I grew up with a hatred strong dislike for the Aggies but it also doesn't feel right rooting for Alabama over a Texas team. Oh and did I mention I can't stand Johnny Manziel? But who can really? I think the fact that he is a tremendously talented player with a less than likable personality is almost old news by now. I don't even think his own coach likes him (although I'm sure he's happy to have him as his quarterback).  The offensive showdown between these teams made for a highly entertaining football game. As much as it pains me to admit, they are both strong football teams with solid quarterbacks and I will be interested to see how the rest of their seasons play out.
Final Score: Alabama - 49    Texas A&M - 42

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Going Bowling

Well another regular season has come to an end. My frogs couldn't quite pull out a win against OU but played a decent game. I'm proud of our young team for rallying back from a lot of setbacks this year and ending with a 7-5 season.  This team will certainly be someone to reckon with over the next few years.

The Frogs are headed to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Arizona against Michigan State. TCU is slightly favored in the game and I hope we can finish our season with a win.

9 out of 10 Big 12 teams made it to a bowl game (poor Kansas).  9 out of 14 SEC teams are going bowling.  Just one more reason I think the Big 12 is a deeper conference than the SEC.  

Other bowl games I'm looking forward to...

Holiday Bowl: Baylor vs. UCLA - Super offensive game...should be fun.

Armed Forces Bowl: Rice vs. Air Force -  Although I'm not so interested in the teams, the bowl is in my little hometown.

Alamo Bowl: UT vs. Oregon State - I always like to see how the Longhorns do, but I think the Beavers will win this one. How does UT get the top recruiting class in Texas every year and not have a better quarterback?

Liberty Bowl: Iowa State vs. Tulsa - Seems crazy that a 6-6 team goes to a bowl game but I'm rooting for Iowa State as they are often the underdog in the Big 12. Gator Bowl: Miss. State vs. Northwestern - I really don't have much interest in either team...I just think this name is hilarious.

Heart of Dallas Bowl (aka Faux Cotton Bowl): Again, more interested in the actual bowl than the teams. However, I think OSU will win this over Purdue. Go Big 12!

Cotton Bowl: OU vs. Texas A&M - As much as it pains me to see the Aggies do well, Johnny Football is the real deal. I think they'll take this one.

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Stanford - Ahhhh! Sweet memories of the Rose Bowl. This bowl will always have a special place in my heart. Plus, the Rose Parade?! What more could you want?? I think Stanford has this one.

Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State - Love to see a BCS buster in there...but I think the Seminoles were underrated most of this year and will get the win.  I'll be rooting for the underdog though.

Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Louisville - I think Florida has this one.

Fiesta Bowl: Oregon vs. Kansas State - I'm more excited about this game than the national championship. I'm rooting for Kansas State but I think it is going to be tough for them to beat Oregon.

Obviously the National Championship game...although I'm not super interested in either team. I'll be rooting for the Fighting Irish...I'm bored with Alabama (and slightly annoyed that they are in the National Championship game still).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Week 13: A Thanksgiving Indeed.

Ever since it was announced that we would be in the Big 12 this year, I've been looking forward to this game. I've said all season that if we couldn't have the ideal undefeated season, I at least wanted to win this game. TCU has a long history with UT from the Southwest Conference days...and we were often on the losing side of that history. The last few years though have seen a new TCU team emerge, and I felt confident we could compete with the big dogs like UT. Well, despite our large amount of freshmen, injuries, and drug busts we still managed to bring home the W! TCU's offense and defense showed up to play, leading UT the entire game. I couldn't be more proud of our team.

I was hoping we would be the new tradition with a UT/TCU Thanksgiving game but it looks like, as usual, UT gets to do whatever it wants and the Big 12 is going to let them. They want the Thanksgiving game to be played at home every year so they will just play whatever team comes to them rather than a steady opponent every year. Oh well I guess. They can keep playing that game as long as we keep beating them. I'll take a win any weekend of the year, not just on Thanksgiving.

I'll be back soon with a recap of my thoughts on the latest BCS standings. Let's just say I still think the SEC is overrated (Big 12 is underrated) and Alabama should not be #2.   In the meantime, checkout this article that argues the same point.

TCU takes on the Sooners on Saturday in Fort Worth. I'm hoping we can break our home game losing streak and finish the season 8-4.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Week 12: Chaos

This has to be the craziest season of college football in a long time. And I love it. It is so much more entertaining to watch these games unsure of how they will end rather than the same teams winning every time. However, along with the excitement comes the always questionable BCS standings.

Highlights from this week:
- #1 Kansas State was slaughtered by unranked Baylor. I was rooting for the Wildcats (after TCU lost of course). I think Bill Snyder is a classy guy and I was hoping he'd get the championship.
- #2 Oregon fell in overtime to #13 Stanford. Stanford had luck on their side this time after a questionable touchdown call to get the tie. Maybe they were owed this call after the one against Notre Dame didn't go their way.
- In a huge rivalry game, UCLA beat USC.
- #7 LSU only beat unranked Ole Miss. by 2 field goals
- #12 Oklahoma barely squeaked by the ever declining West Virginia
- #24 Oklahoma State killed #23 Texas Tech, dropping them from the rankings

For the third week in a row there is a new #1 team, first time that has happened in 5 years. That team is Notre Dame. The only undefeated team left. Say what you want about the Fighting Irish but they have earned their spot. They've managed to stay undefeated despite playing several solid football teams.

The rest of the top 10 is where the questions come in. #2-#6 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Kansas State) all have 1 loss with substantial schedules. How do you decide who still gets to play for that national championship? I can't believe that after losing to A&M last week Alabama is now back in the mix to likely play for it. I've got to say I don't understand how they are chosen above those other teams for #2. Their only significant win was against LSU, and the other significant game...they lost. However, Oregon hasn't played any top ten teams so I understand their ranking. Kansas State has played more ranked teams, but then lost to a completely unranked Baylor. Florida has probably won the most games against top teams but lost to Georgia. So who knows? It's a tough call and by no means is over. After the past two weeks, who knows what's going to happen the next couple weeks.

I'm hoping one of those things to happen will be TCU upsetting the UT Longhorns on Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Week 10: A much happier ending to an overtime

I think I have finally recovered from my near heart attack at the end of the TCU - West Virginia game. That was some gutsy play calling Coach Patterson! After West Virginia made a 76 yard touchdown punt return with 2 minutes to go in the game, I thought we were done. Then came the crazy 94 yard touchdown pass from Boykin to Josh Boyce. Overtime. After missing our 37 yard field goal, again I thought we were done. Then Verrett blocked their field goal...what???  I don't think I even knew Verrett's name before this game but boy do I know him now...great game for the junior! West Virginia got their TD in the 2nd overtime. We managed to get a touchdown with a risky trick play. We went for 2. I was a nervous wreck and thought we were crazy. We got it! After a nerve-wracking official review...we officially beat the Mountaineers 39-38. Not only are we bowl eligible now, but it saved us from a 3 game losing streak. We (I) definitely needed that morale boost.  Go Frogs!

Is it just me or has this been a crazy year in college football? I feel like nothing is predictable. Except maybe that Alabama will likely end the year at #1.

- Despite having a close call against Kansas last week, #23 UT beat #18 Texas Tech 31- 22.  I learned today that there is a chance UT and A&M might meet up in the Cotton Bowl. So these two rivals may meet again sooner than either team expected after A&M's exit to the SEC. Should be interesting.
- In one of the most surprising nail biters of the day Pittsburgh led #3 Notre Dame the entire game until the Irish tied it up in the 4th quarter.  Notre Dame ended up pulling it off in triple overtime 29-26.
- In a PAC-12 offensive battle the #17 USC Trojans fell to #4 Oregon 62-51
- #1 Alabama, in their toughest test yet, topped #5 LSU 21-17
- #2 Kansas State continued its reign over the Big 12 with a win against Oklahoma State
Sidenote: I'm glad to see a non-SEC team at #2 in the BCS. I would love to see a national championship game between two different conferences.
- #19 Boise State fell to unranked San Diego State, dropping Boise from the rankings
- I don't even know what to think about the PAC-12 right now (except that Oregon will likely be the conference champion).  Last week Arizona pulled off a win against USC. This week UCLA slaughtered them with a 66-10 win- putting UCLA back into the standings at #18.  Should make for an interesting rivalry game for USC and UCLA in a couple weeks.

What were your favorite moments this week?

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Week 8: Triple Overtime

Tough loss for TCU this week but, man, what a game! After 3 overtimes, TCU fell to Texas Tech 56-53.  Tech's quarterback played a great game, throwing for 318 yards and 7 touchdowns. Despite a few mistakes, Boykin is continually proving himself to be a strong quarterback and I'm excited to watch him only get better. Our pass defense looked like it needs some work but, like I said, Tech's offense played really well too. TCU played 16 true freshmen on Saturday so if we can just keep up like we are in the Big 12 this season, the next few seasons could be huge.

There weren't really any huge upsets this week but many key games for sure.

- #6 LSU pulled out a win against #18 A&M at Kyle Field 24-19
- Oklahoma State beat #24 Iowa State handily 31-10
- #2 Florida proved its top 5 ranking with a big win against #7 South Carolina 44-11
- #5 Notre Dame barely squeaked by unranked BYU 17-14
- Unranked Toledo did pull off an upset against #21 Cincinnati
-#4 Kansas State proved it is the team to beat in the Big 12 running over #13 West Virginia in Morgantown 55-14
- Baylor made a valiant effort against #24 UT but fell 56-50

I think the major discussion right now is who should be where in the top 5. In the top 5 you have 5 really good undefeated teams. I think the argument could be made for any of them to be in any of the 5 spots. Of course, we know I would prefer it not to be two SEC teams in the top two spots. I have to say I never questioned Alabama being number 1 until now. I mean I get it, they are an awesome football team. However, looking at their schedule so far vs. the rest the of the top 5 they really haven't had to prove themselves yet. They will have more tests throughout the season but just not so far. They have only beaten 1 currently ranked team, whereas Florida beat 3, Kansas State beat 2 (big wins on the road to boot), Oregon has beaten 0, and Notre Dame beat 2.  I have no doubt Alabama will likely stay undefeated and earn that #1 spot, but so far they really haven't. They haven't done anything wrong but they haven't been tested like Kansas State or Florida. It will be really interesting to watch how the top 5 shapes up in the coming weeks. On top of those teams, Oregon State, Oklahoma, and LSU are still serious contenders as well.

Oh, and a special note for you Adam...Ohio finally found itself in the standings at #23.