Posts Tagged ‘Eliot Roth’

Gary Patterson is a Sore Loser

Posted by    |    October 5th, 2011 at 8:59 am

Patterson (head coach of TCU) went on quite a rant after his loss to SMU, saying that he/TCU would never be nice to SMU again.

Among his complaints:

1. We Lost!
2. June Jones said some of my plays were predictable (which they were)!
3. Refs occasionally miss calls early in the game, leaving plenty of time for our team to recover!
4. We have talked to SMU in the past about how we built our program, just like they have done the same for us!
5. C-USA said they would apologize, but they didn’t, mommy!
6. The Big East said they might be looking into adding SMU, which totally takes the spotlight off of us!

He needs to do himself a favor an focus more on his own team.

SMU Squishes the Frog

Posted by    |    October 3rd, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Last Saturday marked a critical turning point in the SMU football turnaround under June Jones.  This was no fluke upset over a ranked team.  This was a well-deserved away victory for a team on its way back into the national spotlight.  The story of the game for SMU was its first half defense and its passing offense.

Like I said in the preview for the game, both teams have a suspect pass defense.  What I didn’t anticipate was just how much better the wide receivers for SMU are than the TCU secondary.  The domination in the passing game was a result of great play calling (made easier by the fact that on almost every other run play Zach Line was getting about 10 yards), great throws, great catches, and wide open receivers.  This was made all the more impressive by the fact that Cole Beasley, SMU’s go-to slot receiver, was out due to injury.

To put it simply, the passing attack was at its best for the whole year by far. Except for one interception, which was called back because of a pass interference, Padron McDermott was about as good as a quarterback can get.  There were multiple times in the game where JJ either took a sack rather than scrambling and losing yards, or just threw it away smartly.  It was in these situations where his advantages over Padron were evident.  Padron would have either thrown up a jump ball to be intercepted or scrambled and lost yards.  I give the offense an A+. (more…)

SMU – TCU Preview

Posted by    |    September 29th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

This weekend the fightin’ hilltoppery-miniature-pony-horsemen are ready for the horny-frog-toadsmen in what will likely be the defining game in SMU’s multi-year comeback.  Both teams are a pretty predictable 3-1 (more on that in a second), with a loss against a legitimately good team and three wins against legitimately bad ones.  Since neither team is very far into their seasons, my predictions are still kind of a shot in the dark.

Both SMU’s and TCU’s offenses are very good, but not great.  I give the edge to TCU simply because they were able to put up 48 on Baylor.  SMU put up only 14 on a team they should have put up 21 to 27 on.  Since then, though, the offense has rarely missed an opportunity to score, even though they were against bad teams.  TCU has played two absolutely atrocious teams and Air Force (the flying-lightning-bolt-rod-strikes always put up a fight) since Baylor, and TCU has looked impressive in every one. On Baylor: I wasn’t surprised.  Baylor was way underated and TCU was back for their first game with a new qb and some depth lost.

SMU has played three pretty bad teams since A&M, and dominated them all.  If either team was more prepared for this game, I would have to hand it to SMU simply because they played the much better team in A&M and have simply obliterated the last two teams.  Zach Line (rb) has been very impressive and if TCU cannot effectively stop him, he will be the game breaker.  Against Baylor, TCU allowed something like 5 yards a carry and 120 yards against a pass-heavy team, and against Air Force, who prefers the run, TCU gave up 249 total rushing yards.  I can see the pass opening up a couple big runs for Line in this game.  BUT TCU is at home.  The offensive edge is a toss-up.

The defenses are evenly matched, but I also give the slight edge to TCU.  SMU’s offense, though good, is not nearly as dynamic as the baylor offense and just about as good as the Baylor defense.  TCU also has a deeper team, which will help them in the 3rd and 4th quarters.  At this point, though, it is hard to tell who has the better defense between the two of them because both were pretty much owned by the high-caliber offenses they have faced.  The only TCU game I have watched was against Baylor, and I have watched almost every SMU game this season.  All I can say is that about half the time a long pass goes out, I facepalm at the decision-making or play of the cornerbacks and safeties of SMU and TCU (Griffin averaged over 13 yards per pass!).  Special teams I also give the edge to TCU simply because SMU always makes a stupid special teams mistake in a big game. If SMU wins this game, it will signal that we are back as a second-tier team.  If not, well then we still have a year more before we are truly back.

Optimistic score:  SMU-31, TCU-28

Realistic prediction: TCU-35, SMU-21

And a block by Margus Hunt.

New Quarterback for SMU

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2011 at 10:02 am

Four passes into the game against the Aggies, June Jones had replaced Kyle Padron–the starter for two years–and replaced him with JJ McDermott.  JJ is a senior, and is the player Padron replaced two games into the season back in 2007.  As I have so eloquently stated at least once,  Padron has a tendency to stare down receivers, not go through his progressions, and force passes.  SMU *cough June Jones cough* also tends to rely on a passing attack when the passing attack isn’t working.  Zach Line did about as good as any running back is going to do against the Aggies this year (128 total yards and almost 6 yards a carry), and pretty much dominated in the first half of the game.  Yet instead of pushing through a tough second half (the Aggies had clamped down on the run game) with a running attack that would keep more Aggie defenders in the box, SMU seemed to panic and go to a pass only  first offense. (more…)

SMU Starts to Push for a BCS Conference Spot

Posted by    |    August 25th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

The Dallas Morning News has reported that SMU is officially pushing for a spot in a BCS conference. The Big 12 obviously makes the most sense, and is probably the only major conference that would take SMU. I doubt it will happen for at least a year, though, as A&M has failed miserably in its attempts to leave the conference to go lose more games per year in another one. It should be an interesting year or two for SMU, especially if they keep winning.