Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Week 5: Better late than never

I need to work on getting these posts out right after the weekend (if only I didn't have a job that got in the way) because by Tuesday I'm sure no one really cares anymore...not sure anyone really cares about my opinion anyway though, ha!

Mark another win for the Horned Frogs after a very hot (even though it is the end of September) home game. TCU meet Virginia 27-7 with the Frogs defense giving up its first touchdown this season in the 4th quarter.  This week TCU faced yet another loss from the roster after it was announced that Waymon James, TCU's leading rusher, is out for the season with a knee injury.  Hopefully, Matthew Tucker will be able to take over the lead for this position for the season.

Other highlights:

  •  #15 Kansas State pulled out a big win against #6 Oklahoma.  I wasn't sure if Kansas State was going to have as successful of a year as they did last year but this definitely boads well for their season.
  • Notre Dame might be returning to their heyday--beating #18 Michigan, moving them up to the top 10 and dropping Michigan out of the rankings.
  • #2 LSU barely squeaked by Auburn with a 12-10 win.
  • #19 UCLA's moment of glory ended quickly with a loss to unranked Oregon State.
  • Arizona also dropped out of the top 25 after a big loss to Oregon 49-0.
What were your favorite moments this week?

Friday, September 14, 2012

2013

The Frogs haven't even played our first game in this new era of the Big XII and I'm already excited about next year.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/09/14/4259450/tcu-and-lsu-scrap-series-in-favor.html

TCU. LSU. Jerry World. Wow.

I'm already nervous.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Week 2: Blowouts and Shake Ups

Well the Grambling State band is amazing! The football team...not so much. It was the first game in TCU's new Amon G. Carter Stadium...I got to see the view from my new seats for the first time.  I have an excellent view of downtown Fort Worth if that tells you anything. However, it was still exciting to be there and be a part of it.  It was fantastic to see Deante' Gray make a 70 yard touchdown punt return the first time TCU had possession of the ball in the new stadium. How's that for setting the stage??  Another highlight: Gary Patterson set the record for winningest coach in TCU history with 110 wins, surpassing the great Dutch Meyer.  In the end, TCU demolished Grambling with a 56-0 win.

Because of blowouts like this one or poor Savannah State again this week against Florida State...many people (including me) probably wonder why these games are even played.  What does it accomplish? I know, I know...it gets a win for the big team and gets exposure and experience for the other guys.  Believe me, there have been plenty of years when TCU was "the other guys." I've talked with friends before about how coaches could possibly get their teams ready and hyped for games like this when they are such underdogs...how do they go into them with any confidence that they will win?  Well for any doubters that these games can cause a shake up can look at Arkansas against Louisiana Monroe where Arkansas lost it in overtime 34-31 causing the 2nd largest fall out of the polls ever from 8th the previous week. Arkansas's quarterback was injured and taken out of the game, but still this is a huge win for Louisiana Monroe and definitely an even bigger loss for Arkansas. 

A few major shake ups in the polls this week...
  • UCLA pulled out a big win for their program against Nebraska, dropping them from the top 25. Could this be UCLA's comeback year after many seasons of drought?
  • Oregon State beat a #13 Wisconsin causing another big plumet out of the polls
  • Oklahoma State got beat pretty handily in a largely offensive game by Arizona 59-38, also pushing OSU from the top 25.
A few other interesting games to note...
  • Much to my dismay, Texas A&M had a decent showing for their SEC debut falling to Florida 20-17 in the 4th quarter.
  • Poor Penn State can't catch a break losing by 1 point to Virginia after four missed field goals from their kicker.  Are we sure that isn't TCU's old kicker Ross Evans?
A little NFL news...props to TCU alum Jeremy Kerley getting 2 touchdowns including a 68-yard punt return for the New York Jets.

What were the highlights for you this week?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's time.

I can't believe it's finally here!! Football season has begun!  Sadly, not much to blog about this week. The first week of games were mostly fluff games with giant teams facing extreme underdogs - I'm looking at you Oklahoma State bravely facing...Savannah State?  84-0! geez. 

No big upsets really happened. The biggest loss from a top 25 team was probably Boise State - losing to Michigan State 17-13.  Also, randomly playing at Cowboy Stadium, now ranked #1 Alabama handed it to Michigan with a 41-14 win, dropping Michigan from #8 to #19.

A few valiant efforts were made:
-Northern Iowa coming back and almost catching #13 Wisconsin.
-UTEP hung with OU up until the 4th quarter when OU stepped it up to win 24-7. I'll be interested to see if this is any indication of the season OU will have. 
-I have to give a shout out for my friend Erin's alma mater, Arkansas State, at least getting quite a few points on the board up against #4 Oregon.

Hopefully next week will bring some more interesting highlights.  And, of course, my precious Horned Frogs will have their home and season opener in the new Amon Carter Stadium against Grambling State. I. Can't. Wait.