Posts Tagged ‘Rose Bowl’

The Halfway There Compromise: A BCS Plus-One Proposal That the Big Ten and Rose Bowl Could Live With

Posted by    |    December 23rd, 2011 at 5:30 am

Frank the Tank does a pretty good job of summarizing the discussions around changing the BCS Bowl system.  The YouPlusDallas staff enjoy following anything with the letters B and S in it, and in the case of the BSC System,  those letters are very relevant.  The differing interests, as so well chronicled below, have proven to delay much needed changes.   We applaud the use of Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a prayer to lead into this article.

In my last post, I went over four proposals that the FBS commissioners were evaluating to add a plus-one national championship game to the BCS system.  What is apparent is that the firmest resistance to a plus-one is coming from the Big Ten (led by Jim Delany) and the Rose Bowl.*  When I wrote my “BCS Final Four” seeded plus-one proposal last year, I stated that “for any college football postseason proposal to have even a whiff of a chance of succeeding, forget about “fairness” and think like Jim Delany.”  It might be even more pointed this year where the Big Ten and Rose Bowl are specifically the biggest obstacles to getting a plus-one proposal passed.  In theory, the other conferences and BCS bowls could just roll over those two entities with a super-majority, but the reality is that while everyone technically has an equal vote, they don’t have equal voices… and Delany has the biggest voice of them all.  Even “Death to the BCS” author Dan Wetzel stated that with the plus-one debate coming down to Delany versus everyone, he would take “Delany as no worse than even money”.  It’s very unlikely that you’re going to see a plus-one system that doesn’t have the backing of the Big Ten regardless of the support of everyone else.

(* Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott appears to be much more open to a seeded plus-one system, although still not wanting to give up the Rose Bowl.) (more…)

TCU Football Year in Review

Posted by    |    January 10th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Way back on September 2nd (only in football does three months a few days seem way back) the Wimple offered, as a public service, five reasons to curb our collective enthusiasm for the newborn football season.  Relax, was the message: 2009 rocked, and there’re a lot of good reasons to expect 2010, while good, not to exceed ’09.   Injuries might raise their ugly heads, and this year’s weakest link is backup quarterback.

“So pray for Andy Dalton’s durability, if you want the Frogs to top 2009 this year.  An inexperienced Pachall… isn’t going to best the Utes in Salt Lake City, or manhandle SDSU’s much-improved six-man secondary… in his first year.  So let’s hope he doesn’t have to.”

TCU’s ginger-headed gunslinger was one of the Frogs’ constants in 2010.

And, perhaps remarkably, the redshirt freshmen never had to take a snap with the outcome of the game in doubt.  Neither did the Frogs cave under the pressure to be perfect (another potential landmine noted in September), nor were the Frogs’ efforts in vain because Boise was more perfect than TCU.  In fact, speaking of Boise, perhaps it was a gift that this sentiment was true in September:

“Remember, Boise State put that monkey named You’re Still Not All That right back onto the Horned Frogs’ back in Glendale, and if history, including 2009, proves anything about TCU, it’s that the Frogs never—ever—get the monkey off their collective back.”  

And since 1938, that had been true, with exactly zero exceptions.  Andy Dalton and other Frogs said, over and over, how focused they were on returning to the BCS in 2010 and playing well; on purging the taste of the F-Bowl from their mouths.  It was Boise that, by besting the Frogs in Glendale, gave TCU the necessary motivation for success in Pasadena.

That success was a culmination of factors that were visible in September.  Two days following the article quoted above, your humble Wimple offered these five reasons to expect 2010 to exceed the heights of ’09.  (1) Andy Dalton and his receivers were all back; (2) Jake Kirkpatrick and his brethren in the trenches would dictate, not react; (3) the “ohmygawd backfield;” (4) a favorable schedule in which all the good teams came to Fort Worth (or Arlington), except Utah, and for that game Dalton’s greater experience than Utah’s Wynn’s would be the difference; and (5) with such a high starting ranking, TCU wouldn’t be passed by one-loss cartel teams.  

  Rimington winner Jake Kirkpatrick anchored the Frogs’ offensive line.

The story of TCU’s tremendous 2010 season is no less than the coming-true of every one of those good predictions, and (somehow!) the coming-false of every one of the bad predictions.  It is hard to fathom a more perfect season.  Dalton and his receivers indeed had a stellar year; Jake Kirkpatrick won the Rimington, and led a line that generally paved over opponents; the d-line was nearly as dominant; the backfield was outstanding; only one team registered a threat at Amon Carter Stadium, and the Utes’ poor quarterback was so thunderingly confused by TCU’s defense while Dalton had one of the best games of his career; and to top it off, the one-loss cartel teams in fact did not outrank TCU. (more…)

TCU, Rose Bowl, Part 2

Posted by    |    December 14th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Let’s do some second-order comparisons of Wyoming and TCU.

The Badgers rank 12th nationally in rushing offense, while facing 61st best rushing defenses, on average.  TCU turned in the 8th best rushing attack, while facing 80th best rush defenses, on average.  Advantage: Whisky, but not by much.

Wisconsin only managed the nation’s 74th best passing offense (with the Johnny Unitas winner at QB) while facing 74th best passing defenses, on average.  TCU’s pass attack is 53rd nationally, in the teeth of 61st ranked pass defenses, on average.  Advantage: TCU, by a lot.

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TCU, Rose Bowl, Part 1

Posted by    |    December 14th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

TCU’s invite to the Rose Bowl is the last part of a story that began in 1935. The Bowl whittled down one of its choices for a bid to the winner of the Game of the Century, TCU’s season finale versus SMU. The Mustang’s Bobby Wilson made one more play than Horned Frog legend Sammy Baugh, and the boys from Dallas won the trip to L.A.

Here’s Richard Durrett’s recap, and a highlight video showing one of Sam Baugh’s slinging passes (incomplete) at the end:

TCU wasn’t out of luck, though– they sent to New Orleans and won the Sugar Bowl, and the national championship. They repeated the feat three years later, having beaten SMU in that year’s season finale, Davey O’Brien at the helm.

But the Rose Bowl hasn’t approached TCU since, making this year’s bowl especially fulfilling.

Ezra Hood blogs about all things TCU football at The Purple Wimple.