Posts Tagged ‘BYU Cougars’

TCU 2011 Outlook– Schedule

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Seventh time’s a charm; TCU tours the Mountain West one last time in 2011.

The Frogs open 2011 with a pair of very similar road games.  Both come against familiar foes—Baylor has played TCU three times since 2006, including last year’s “game” in Fort Worth.  Air Force has been a conference opponent for seven years running.  Both opponents feature senior quarterbacks, experienced skill players, and aggressive defenses, and both teams need to recover some dignity after suffering thorough beatdowns in Fort Worth last season.  TCU cannot afford a loss at either opponent if it wishes to play in a meaningful bowl, and needs to settle a lot of first-time starting jitters—without the benefit of a cupcake opponent at home.

The Frogs’ success in Waco and in Colorado Springs, perhaps more than its other opponents in the first half of the season, will hinge on how successfully Casey Pachall can leverage success on the ground into success in the air.  This was the formula by which Andy Dalton led TCU to the fore of the Mountain West, and will be the key to Pachall continuing the Frogs’ dominance in that conference for a final year.  So the question on this first pair of road games is going to be, after the threshold questions of basic competence about which Frogs fans have every reason to be confident, how well will the offensive line keep Baylor’s and Air Force’s pass-rush out of the pocket, and how well will the line blow open holes for TCU’s parade of talented tailbacks? (more…)

Brigham Young 2011 Outlook

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 11:05 am

The Purple Wimple welcomes back Jake, now a recidivist guest contributor about BYU at the Wimple, to look ahead at BYU.

BYU’s last football season started off as a train wreck.  After the loss at Utah State the Cougars were 1-4, their worst start in nearly 40 years.  However, the Cougars gained momentum as the schedule eased up, as quarterback Jake Heaps gained confidence in the pocket, and the defense solidified as Bronco Mendenhall seized the reins in mid-season.  Returning 16 starters (9 offense, 7 defense) the normally terse Bronco Mendenhall stating said this spring, “I loved the way spring practice went.”

LT Matt Reynolds finally has a start in a spring game under his belt. (more…)

2010 Mountain West Retrospective: Middl’uns

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Air Force, San Diego State, and BYU each beat all of the four bottom feeders in the conference. What San Diego State, BYU, and Air Force could not do was beat TCU or Utah, and that is what made them all “middle’uns” in 2010.  AFA and SDSU would tell you they also both beat BYU, but the record book indicates only the Falcons did; the mini-scandal surrounding BYU’s victory over the Aztecs has largely faded away, aided by the “makeup” replay miss in the Holy War that may or may not have cost the Cougars a final conference victory over the Utes. What came around, went around, and more or less the score evened out.

The Mountain West came this close to two major non-conference wins in Columbus and Norman. Missouri Tiger T.J. Moe sprung free (aided by a badly missed call) for a last-minute 68 yard scoring run to secure the win against the surprisingly punchy Aztecs. Earlier that afternoon, Air Force out-gained, out-ran, out-held, and in the end, out-mistaked Oklahoma to lose by three-points. These losses (add SDSU’s heart-breaker in Provo) kept AFA and SDSU out of the polls, and dinged the MWC’s reputation just enough to keep TCU out of the national championship discussion two months later. (more…)

2010 Mountain West Restrospective: Bottom Feeders

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2011 at 11:44 am

In many ways, 2010 was set up to be the Mountain West’s coming-out year.  Its champion had claimed the non-cartel autobid two years running, and its Big Three were bigger and better than ever (BYU’s rebuild notwithstanding).  And then the other feet (yes, that’s plural) began to fall, and suddenly the Mountain West began acquiring a certain wacishness, a “haven’t we seen this somewhere else” look.  Out went Utah, in came Boise.  BYU tried to upstage its rival, first by trying to blow up the Mountain West, then fleeing it.  Somehow Nevada and Fresno State were suddenly sitting at the MWC table, and the WAC was feverishly trying to douse the fuse.  

So by the time kickoff finally came around, the Mountain West no longer looked at 2010 as its coming-out party.  The cartel had, again, won.  Peeling off Utah and BYU, the cartel outflanked the MWC’s challenge to widen access to lucrative BCS money and bowls by an entire conference.  A couple top teams?  Sure, there’s wiggle room for that change; but an entire conference?  Not a chance.  Boise State and TCU were left dangling in the breeze, their conference still safely outside the cartel.  TCU won ascendence into the cartel later, but only after the threat of a seventh conference claiming a seat at the cartel’s table by right had fizzled.  (more…)

Recruiting snippits: TCU and its foes

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2011 at 11:35 am

Kibbles and bits about the freshly inked classes of recruits of TCU and its opponents:

Air Force is an out-of-state school that flexes the Texas connection better than most of the others.  Its 13 Texan signees (caveat: because AFA signees must jump through more than the usual number of hoops actually to enroll at the Academy, its incoming freshman class is not known until fall) are tied with OU for the second biggest class of Texans enrolling elsewhere.  Oklahoma State inked 24 Texans.  The Falcons also signed six quarterbacks (quite to Gary Patterson’s tastes).  Tim Jefferson and Connor Dietz are a senior and a junior, respectively, so expect at least a couple of these freshmen to remain quarterbacks in college.  Many of the Falcons’ commits would have attracted a lot more offers if they had a couple more inches on them.  The classic case: QB Dano Graves is a MaxPreps national player of the year, accounting for 85 touchdowns last seasons (good grief!).  And he’s 5’9″ and got one 1A offer.  He took it. (more…)