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.