Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin Badgers’

Last Night’s Sweet 16 Games, the State of College Basketball, and Rick Barnes

Posted by    |    March 24th, 2012 at 5:30 am

Are you not entertained?

Debating Rick Barnes and his ceiling, floor, and whether a coach who wins 20+ every year and makes the NCAA Tournament should be shown the exit door, has been an interesting and maddening internet debate over the last two or three years, eventually leading me to ask if Texas fans were over Rick Barnes.

This after an unacceptable three year downswing resulting in a cumulative 72-31 record and three NCAA Tourney appearances (with a 1-3 performance) for a Texas basketball program with the rich comparable history of Oregon St, Alabama-Birmingham, and Dayton.

But history isn’t an insurmountable river (just cross the TJ Ford) when facility tributaries and favorable demographics eddy at a confluence: witness rise of Florida, Miami, and FSU football. Modern Texas basketball should be good, history be damned. That’s not “We’re Texas” babble – it’s objective market analysis. (more…)

BCS Bowl Game Review

Posted by    |    January 1st, 2012 at 10:54 am

We respect Tony Dungy, so when we came across a video showcasing his predictions, we thought Dallas college football fans would like to see what the man had to say.

The Rose Bowl is the best BCS Bowl game period and this year the Wisconsin Badgers will play the Oregon Ducks.  We took a look around the net to see what people were saying about the game and this is what we found.  On the basis of uniforms alone, should the Ducks win?

We will be pulling for Oklahoma State to beat Stanford, but we came across a dissenting view as shown below.

As for the Orange Bowl, who cares?  Well West Virginia plans on having some fun in Miami.

The Sugar Bowl features Michigan and Virginia Tech.  Really?








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…)

Frogs Rosy

Posted by    |    January 4th, 2011 at 12:22 am

When a team gets out-gained, out-first-downed, runs 25% fewer plays than its opponent, but wins anyway, one assumes a gaggle of turnovers. But neither team committed one Saturday in the Rose Bowl. Instead, each team did what it did, and in the end, TCU was better. Wisconsin blew open massive holes for its runningbacks, but couldn’t protect its quarterback, who had a distinctly forgettable day. TCU protected its quarterback, who had one of his career best days. And after all the brouhaha about Wisconsin’s amazing run game, and especially its overstuffed offensive line, it was quarterback and secondary play that made the difference.

The quarterback who won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award couldn’t make his opponent’s secondary pay, despite their poor traction on the wet grass. The quarterback who should have won the award was flawless. And so was Tank Carder, who brought the heat all day from his linebacking position, and carved a nice pre-season niche for himself on every national award list a linebacker can.

The game was unlike any of TCU’s recent wins, going back a few years. The Frogs didn’t win by a punishing ground game, or run-stuffing defense. Andy Dalton carried this team with his smart reads and pin-point passing. Dalton didn’t underthrow the long ball; his receivers didn’t have the dropsies. This was like the F-Bowl repeated, only with the passing game functioning at a high level, meaning this was what the team had hoped to do in Glendale last January.

In fact, this win represents the opposite end of the continuum that began with last season’s resounding thud against Boise State. So many juniors left that game disgusted, but resolved to make another chance to win on so grand a stage. They, none of them more than Dalton, did exactly that in Pasadena.

Their win puts their class at the top of the heap, shoulder-to-shoulder with the mighty ’38 Frogs that claimed a national championship. And while it’s true there’s probably nowhere to go but down, it’s equally true that the view from these heights is exhilarating.

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

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.