Posts Tagged ‘June Jones’

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.

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…)

Southern Methodist 2011 Outlook

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 11:06 am

This is the spring of Year Four of the June Jones revival on the Hilltop. Nobody questions that coach Jones has brought the Mustangs to a higher plateau, or that the Ponies are going to be bowl eligible most years. But, in a subtle tribute to Jones’s success, that’s no longer enough. This team probably isn’t going to contend for the non-cartel’s autobid to a BCS bowl (emphasis on probably) but the Wimple believes it will show consistency on offense fit to match its aggressive style of defense. It will not take an upset for SMU to snag eight wins in the regular season.

SMU’s insurance policy on Kyle Padron is a transfer from New Mexico State, J.J. McDermott. (more…)

Reflecting on SMU’s Bowl Game

Posted by    |    January 4th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I didn’t write a preview for the SMU-Army game because it would have been boring, and I didn’t write a review immediately after the game because I was pissed.  I have finally had the urge to discuss the game, and I wanted to do it by writing out the first thing that came to mind.  None of this article has been planned out (or really thought out), so I will dub this my first ever mouth-diarrhea game reflection.

In my preview [which I didn’t write] I would have said- “don’t worry about it all you SMU fans…Army can’t defend at all, and the only think they can do on offense is run it…which is what SMU defends against the best.”  I was right, except I obviously missed a few caveats.

First: Even when an opponent can’t defend, you can still make them look good by shooting yourself in the foot, then finding your other foot and shooting that one too.


SMU Bowl Bound

Posted by    |    December 5th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

While SMU’s 17-7 loss to UCF in the Conference USA championship game is disapointing, the You+Dallas staff tip our hat to June Jones, Steve Orsini, and the SMU football team for a fine season.  SMU has officially accepted a bid to play in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.  This year, the game will be played on its own campus – Ford Stadium – because as well all know, TCU’s stadium was demolished this morning. 

This is the second consecutive bowl game for SMU after not playing in a post season game for 25 years.  Folks, this is a big deal, and we encourage all of the Dallas-based UT fans who have absolutely nothing to do but speculate about coaching changes to come out and see what a team that wants to win looks like.  The Mustangs will play Army on December 30th.  Army is 6-5 and finishes its season with Navy next Saturday. 

SMU has one of the best tailgating experiences in college football.   The game starts at 11 am, so I am looking forward to seeing how the SMU student body will create a memorable pre-game experience.