Posts Tagged ‘Mountain West Conference’

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…)

TCU 2011 Outlook– Passing Attack

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

The Purple Wimple preview of TCU, part one: the quarterbacks, receivers, and tight ends (o-line to be previewed with the running game, in the next post).  Take

Pachall did a lot more rushing than passing in 2010.

 

off the number one, leaving a single numeral four; add a couple inches, replace about a dozen pounds with tattoos; darken the hair and the facial expression, and there emerges from the shadow of Andy Dalton the visage of the heir apparent, redshirt sophomore Casey Pachall.  That’s Pah-hall, writes TCU’s sports information director, recognizing that, to date, few have paid a lick of attention to 2011′s gunslinging quarterback since his recruitment the 2008 season.  The Brownwood star drew offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma (and, truthfully, Texas, but the shorthorns conveniently forgot about it when Pachall committed to TCU, of all places).  Pachall enrolled early at TCU, and quietly slipped off most radar screens.   (more…)

Boise State 2011 Outlook

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 11:01 am

Boise State (which, I have it on good authority, is not pronounced Boy-zee, but Boy-see) looked briefly like it was going to undergo a fairly extensive turnover in offensive coaches this offseason, possibly complicating its coronation as the new Mountain West hegemon.  Brent Pease, who coached receivers and was Chris Petersen’s assistant head coach, left for the OC job at Indiana just as 2010 was coming to a close.  Bronco OC and quarterbacks coach Bryan Harsin bolted for the OC job at Texas a week later.  But in an unusual switcheroo, Pease returned to Boise in January, and assumed Harsin’s old job, leaving coaching of receivers (a critical issue currently at BSU) to Robert Prince, from Colorado.  Prince coached at Boise for a few years almost a decade ago.

Redshirt freshman Grant Hedrick is challenging Joe Southwick for the number two spot. (more…)

New Mexico 2011 Outlook

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 10:59 am

As far as the Wimple is aware, the only news outlets that regularly pay more-than-twitterable attention to the New Mexico Lobos have retreated behind pay walls.  Therefore this preview is only a preview of those slivers of the spring drills that have drawn notice from the school newspaper—the Daily Lobo—and the Rivals report of the spring game.  Large chunks of a full analysis are therefore out of bounds here, including any look whatsoever at the offensive line—a big issue at New Mexico.  Although the defensive line did not draw express attention, the lopsided running totals throughout the spring indicate that it is, again, in sad shape.  That’s not good news for long suffering Lobo fans, and their coach, who sits on perhaps the hottest seat in all of D1.

Tarean Austin appears to be the leading Lobo for 2011. (more…)

Louisiana-Monroe 2011 Outlook

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 10:56 am

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks have played football as a junior college since the depression, winning the JUCO 1935 national title.  ULM began play as a four year college in early ’50s, and won the 2A title in 1987, seven years before jumping into 1A.  Although the Warhawks have never bowled, they have flirted with bowls at least twice.  ULM went 6-6 in 2009, and came within a missed extra-point in 2010 from six wins.  It still counts its appearances on national TV, and occasionally jumps up and bites a big dog.  TCU is the first such beast on ULM’s schedule in 2011.

The Horned Frogs are a familiar foe to head coach Todd Berry. (more…)