Stuff You Can't Live Without In Preparation to Sit And Watch Texas Colleges this Weekend
10. TCU Needs To Start Rolling People Right Now
I can't help it - coach Gary Patterson may revile the idea of style points, but these things are a necessity if you don't play in an AQ league. The TCU-schedule bashing is just beginning, regardless of outcome until the Frogs play Air Force and Utah. The Frogs really need Oregon State to start winning, the same as SMU and Baylor.
Even if that happens, TCU's detractors will start drinking herbal tea to take care of their vocal chords as they dispel the idea that Boise State and TCU would go undefeated in the SEC.
10.45 Would TCU or Boise State Go Undefeated in the SEC?
The question is valid. The answer is probably no. How do we know that? Because few teams, if ever, do in that semi-pro conference. But ...
10.34 I'm Tired of This Argument
In some leagues the conference schedule is weaker than other years. Take, for instance, the Big 12. The conference appears slightly down this season, so would TCU or Boise State go undefeated against the Big 12 this season? Given how UT, TT, A&M look, I wouldn't say no. Or what about The Big East or ACC? No one can convince me that this Boise State team or that TCU team could not run the table in those pretender leagues this season. You can throw Utah in the conversation, too, when it comes to winning the Big East or ACC.
10.01 Calm Down - This Isn't a Rip Job on TCU or Boise
Only a very few teams can go undefeated in a football season, in any conference, in any league. This is strictly a percentages argument.
9. The Save Todd Dodge's Job March Must Include a Win Saturday
The Mean Green are coming off a big win last week against Florida Atlantic on the road; they are home this week against 1-2 Louisiana-Lafayette. UNT is a 4.5 favorite this week. UNT is 4-3 against La-Laf. but lost the last two at Fouts Field.
9.433 QB Riley Dodge Really Needs to Run Out of Bounds More, or Just Be Willing to Eat Sacks.
The Mean Green are down to its third QB - Dodge. If he goes down, it will be up to SO Chase Baine.
8. SMU Can Begin To Make a Push To Win C-USA.
The Ponies are better than I thought. That doesn't mean they're great, but they have a decent core that should only improve. Expect them to handle Rice easily this Saturday. SMU's "big" game will be on Oct. 23 against a Houston team that has plenty of reasons to quit, but hasn't.
8.01 It's Been A Long Time Since SMU Opened a Conference Season 3-0.
If the Ponies win this game, they will, and their next game against Tulsa, they will be 3-0 in a conference season for the first time since 1986. This 3-0 is a lot cheaper than that 3-0, too.
7. UTEP Is Going to Save Mike Price
The head coach of the Miners was thought to be pretty much fired before the season started. But the Miners are going to be 4-1 after they beat a winless New Mexico team on Saturday on the road. Now, if the Miners lose, fire up the "Fire Mike" talk.
7.45 Expect the Miners' O to be Better
SR QB Trevor Vittatoe has been decent, but the return of RB Donald Buckram from a preseason bruised knee injury could make the Miners a threat to the top spot of the conference. He played last week for the first time this season and rushed 13 times for 59 yards.
6. TT Needs to Open a Venti Sized Container Of Whoop A#@ in Ames
The Red Raiders are at a season-defining juncture over these next two weeks - at Iowa State and against Baylor in Dallas. TT is 5-1 against ISU in Ames since the two teams joined the Big 12.
Tech needs to win these next two games to dispel the notion, which I firmly believe, that the Red Raiders are down and headed for a major transition period.
A loss in either two games and the good people in Lubbock and across Red Raider Land may quickly tire of TubberBall.
- Mac Engel
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