Shortly after the SMU game last month, some questioned whether or not TCU had done enough to get much-needed respect in the polls. Style points were needed they said. TCU struggled early before pulling away late against a gritty SMU team.
Here is the line up for the BCS Bowls. As expected, Texas will take on Alabama in the championship game. TCU and Boise State will play in the Fiesta Bowl, a first for two teams that are not from Automatic Qualifying conferences to make the BCS. The game is a rematch of last year’s classic Poinsettia Bowl in which TCU won 17-16.
Do you want another nightmare scenario for the BcS mess? Well it could happen. It looks like the winner of the SEC is on a collision course with Texas, but stranger things have happened.
I am publishing a 2009 Fall E-zine through Dfwfootball.net. Ah yes, the Fall football season is almost here! I hope you are excited as I am!
The E-zine will be available (with figures crossed), on Friday, August 28, 2009. All you will have to do is go to Dfwfootball.net, and click on the link that will be front and center on the home page. The E-zine will be published in a pdf format, so keep that in mind.
In the future, I hope to have an article from Adam Jones of JonesTopTen.com previewing the Texas-OU game. I am also looking for other guest writers, so if you would like to write an article at Collegefootballtopten.com about your favorite team, or anything college football related, drop me a note.
We will begin are Texas Tour next week. I hope to have an article on Texas and Texas A&M, and we’ll see what else we can come up with.
For the preview article on TCU and UNT, check out the E-zine.
I have been contacted by a marketing firm who is conducting a survey for Versus. They are trying to improve their coverage of college football, and we can help!
Many of my readers are TCU fans who plays in, of course, the Mountain West Conference. The MWC puts several of its games on Versus. Do you remember the TCU/ Utah game? Well, that game was played on Versus.
Fans are always looking for the chance to impact the big picture. Here is our chance! Just follow the link below and take the survey. The survey takes about 5 minutes, maybe. The questions are pretty simple to asnwer, you won’t hurt your brains!
Hopefully, for MWC fans, and for the fans looking for the best games, Versus will be picked up by more cable companies next year.
I posted an All-DFW College Football Team at PegasusNews.com. TCU had
the most players, naturally, since they won more games. But, I tried to get a decent representation for North Texas and SMU. The Media Relations Department in the respective Athletic Departments were helpful in me picking some of the players. As far as I know, it the first time anyone has done an All-DFW College Football Team.
Check out the article. It is the lead story today at PegasusNews.com. Congratulations to all the players who made the team.
Note: Remember my reasons for updating every three weeks, even if some of you think I am really an idiot.
1. Florida, 12-1
Alabama was number one in my poll, and Florida beat them in the SEC Championship Game and looked good doing it. Florida has been on a tear after the loss to Ole Miss. Tim Tebow has become a great leader, and he has lead this team to where it is now.
2. Oklahoma, 12-1
There is no easy way to do this. Oklahoma beat the number two team in my poll, Texas Tech, therefore, I will put them at number 2. That being said, arguments can be made for both Texas and Oklahoma. Texas, we know, beat Oklahoma on a neutral field the first weekend of October and only loss to Tech on the road on a TD pass with one second left on the clock. Oklahoma destroyed Texas Tech, and, I might add, is not the same team it was in October. They are running the ball better, and they have fixed some of their defensive holes.
3. Texas, 11-1
4. Alabama, 12-1
The Tide is a bruising team. They will absolutely knock you silly on both sides of the ball. They only had one slip this year. Unfortunately, it was in their last game against Florida. I really would love to see them play one of those great Big 12 South games. Oh well, they play Utah in the Sugar Bowl.
5. USC, 11-1
No one will know for sure how good USC is. It was a bad Thursday night in Corvallis earlier this year, and if Oregon State had not have been so beat up by the end of the season, USC would have had somewhere other than the Rose Bowl to go play.
6. Utah, 12-0
The Utes are not a flashy team. They play good defense, and they are led on offense by a senior QB. They make just enough plays on offense to win their games. They run a spread offense, but it is a grind-it-out kind of blue collar offense. They took care everyone, and then they rallied to knock off TCU before pulling away from BYU to get to that undefeated season. They deserve what they get.
7. Texas Tech, 11-1
This is, undoubtedly, the best season in Red Raider history. Mike Leach showed me something as he worked to improve his running game and his defense to get his team to this special place. In most years, 11-1 would be good enough for a BCS Bowl. A blowout loss to Oklahoma did not help their case.
8. Penn State, 11-1
Joe Pa may have turned his best performance this year. He just keeps winning games. His offense was off- the-chart good this year, and his defense was its usual good self. One loss to an improving Iowa team in Iowa City took them out of the national title hunt.
9. TCU, 10-2
I just wasn’t sure if the Frogs were a top ten team. However, after the season was over, I realized they were just a better offense away from being BCS buster material. The Frog offense was good against most teams, but when they played teams with good defenses (Oklahoma, Utah), they just couldn’t generate enough points. TCU finished number 2 in the country in total defense, and if you don’t think they were good, give Bob Stoops a call. The Sooners scored over 700 points this year, but they only scored 35 on the Frogs with 21 of those coming in the first quarter. That is 19 points below the Sooners’ average. TCU is good.
10. Boise State, 12-0
Unfortunately, the Broncos only played one team who was ranked this year making it hard to know how good they really are. It’s not their fault, but it hurts their credibility. They get a chance to prove it in the Poinsettia Bowl against TCU. Many are calling it one of the best match-ups in the bowl season. Nevetheless, it is really hard to go undefeated in 12 games in spit of who is on your schedule.
The last time I wrote a post here at CFTT, I was watching TCU’s BCS dream go down the drain as they came within a short slant with a few seconds left in the fourth quarter from beating Utah in Salt Lake City. That night I wrote a post about how the head coaching carousel was beginning to spin, or as I put it last week, the dominoes are beginning to fall. I alluded to the possible Gary Patterson rumors that night, and little did I know there would be this huge story the following morning about Coach Patterson jumping ship to Kansas State which, of course, turned out to be completely false. A lot has happened, but I wasn’t able to write because I had a stomach virus. I will spare you the details, but I did not feel well at all. Therefore, I was silent.
For those of you in the Fort Worth area, don’t forget that Bob Lilly will be signing copies of his book Thursday night at Borders Books in Fort Worth from 7 PM until 9 PM.
You can check out my write up at Pegasus News here.
And thus, I will start with UNT. It has been a tough year for the Mean Green, and one win over a team stuck between Division I and I AA will not erase all of the damage. However, it gives a much need jolt of confidence and momentum into a program that has face all kinds of adversity this year. Ironically, it came the Saturday after it was revealed that 15 players tested positive for recreational drugs. (Incedentally, it also came right after I wrote an article on how to turn around the Mean Green football team this year. Maybe Coach Dodge read the article and used my advice.)
The offense got 51 points and the defense got 4 turnovers including a 97 yard INT returned for a TD by Tobe Nwigwe. Even though the defense gave up 40 points, they had several big plays to preserve the victory. This doesn’t mean that that UNT will rally and win the rest of their games, but a win in the remaining games gets them back to last year’s 2-10 record. And, considering all of the problems that this team has faced this year, that doesn’t look so bad right now.
UNT 51, Western Kentucky 40
What can I say about the Frogs? They went in to Vegas to play a tough and gritty UNLV team who has given teams fits and knocked off Arizona State in Tempe earlier this year. I thought it might be hard-fought since TCU has the Utah game coming up. Never mind. The Frogs dominated the game 44-14, and right now, look like they might be the best of the non BCS schools. I guess we’ll find out on Thursday night as they travel to Salt Lake City, UT to play the Running Utes. Utah, however, struggled on the road against New Mexico to win 13-10. Find a way to watch that game Thursday night. TCU is on a roll.
SMU was idle.
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