TCU baseball will play 23 games against 2011 NCAA tournament teams, and 11 games against Big 12 teams, in its 54-game 2012 schedule. The season opens Feb. 17 with a three-game series against Mississippi at Lupton Stadium. TCU, competing in the Mountain West for the last time, plays each conference opponent six times, with three at home and three on the road. The MWC tournament is May 24-27 in Las Vegas.
TCU's 2012 Baseball Schedule All times are p.m.; * denotes Mountain West game Date(s), Opponent, Time(s) Feb. 17-19, Mississippi, 6:30, 2, 1 Feb. 21, at Baylor, 4:05 Feb. 24-26, at Cal State Fullerton, 9, 8, 1 Feb. 28, Texas State, 6:30 March 2-4, Oklahoma State, 6:30, 2, 1 March 6, Baylor, 6:30 March 9-11, Texas Tech, 6:30, 2, 1 March 13, at UTSA, 6 March 16-18, at UNLV*, 8:05, 4:05, 3:05 March 20, at Texas State, 6:30 March 23-25, atNew Mexico*, 7, 3, 2 March 27, at UT Arlington, TBA March 30-April 1, UNLV*, 6:30, 2, 1 April 3, Dallas Baptist, 6:30 April 5-7, UNC Wilmington, 6:30, 6:30, 2 April 11, UT Arlington, 6:30 April 13-15, Air Force*, 6:30, 4, 1 April 17, Louisiana-Monroe, 6:30 April 20-22, at San Diego State*, 8, 8, 1 April 24, Texas A&M, 6:30 April 27-29, Manhattan, 6:30, 4, 1 May 1, Oklahoma, 6:30 May 4-6, New Mexico*, 6:30, 4, 1 May 11-13, at Air Force*, 4, 2, 1 May 15, at Oklahoma, TBA May 18-20, San Diego State*, 6:30, 4, 1 May 24-27, MWC Tournament (Las Vegas), TBA
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte confirmed the Horned Frogs’ 2012 Big East Conference opponents Wednesday. He also confirmed TCU will host Grambling Sept. 8 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. It will likely be the home opener at the renovated stadium, but confirmed dates for the other home games are not official yet. Here’s a look at TCU’s 2012 opponents: Home Grambling (Sept. 8), Virginia, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida Away SMU, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Rutgers, Syracuse
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Sooners senior defensive tackle Adrian Taylor, a former Mansfield High School star who has battled back this season after suffering a severe ankle injury in last year's Sun Bowl, left the game against Texas Tech because of a right leg injury with 4:52 remaining in the first half.
Texas had a huge first-and-goal inside the two-minute warning but had to settle for a 21-yard field goal in the 28-20 loss.
The Longhorns did not recover an onside kick following the field goal, but their fortunes almost turned when Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones fumbled the ball as he was sacked by Emmanuel Acho. DeMarco Murray recovered the ball for the Sooners.
After Oklahoma was forced to punt the ball away with 1:08 remaining, Aaron Williams fumbled the punt return, and it was recovered by the Sooners to seal the victory.
Early in the third quarter, the Sooners added to their lead in the fourth quarter with an acrobatic, 20-yard touchdown run by DeMarco Murray. Murray also scored the first Oklahoma touchdown.
The Longhorns quickly struck back with a five-yard touchdown run by Cody Johnson, whose 33-yard reception earlier in the drive put Texas within striking distance.
5. Baylor Can't Lose Against Kansas The Bears are 3-1 and play a 2-2 Kansas team in Waco on Saturday morning. The Jayhawks have looked average, and their "big" win against then No. 15 Georgia Tech suddenly doesn't look so impressive any more. The Bears are 4-0 all-time against KU in Waco, which says just how bad Kansas' football team has been. Looking at the Bears' schedule, they need this desperately for a realistic chance of reaching the necessary six wins to qualify for a bowl. The schedule still has some winnable games, but they may not be favored in any of them. The Bears are favored by 9 against the Fightin' Turner Gills. 5.43 Baylor Hasn't Won a Home Opener Since 2006 5.12 In a Word - Baylor Must Be the Ball
4. The Kats Can't Lose A slow week in the Southland Conf., but a rather large one for Sam Houston State. The Bearkats travel to first-year program Lamar. Even though the Cardinals are a surprising 2-2, an established program like SHSU can't lose games like this. Such games are allegedly automatic wins, but Lamar is making life a little more difficult for people than expected. 3. Saturday's Game at the State Fair Won't Determine the Big 12 South It's probably safe to say that the Big 12 South hasn't been this open in a long time. But neither Texas nor Oklahoma look nearly as dominant as they have in the past. That should make the rest of the season more fun to watch. Both teams have taken turns looking very good - OU in a blowout against Fla. St.; UT handling Tech in Lubbock. Both have looked shaky - UT losing at home to UCLA, OU hanging on to win at Cincinatti. 3.45 Both UT and OU enter the game ranked among the AP Top 25 for the 34th time since the poll began in 1936 with OU holding a 16-14-3 edge. 3.244 UT RB D.J. Monroe Will Be Exposed In Pass Protection Like the decision by St. Mack to put D.J. Monroe as a co-starter with Fozzy Bear for the Horns in the backfield. The Horns need special speed and Monroe has it. But given his lack of experience, he's apt to blow at least one or two blocking assignments when the Sooners bring the muscle to spook QB Garrett Gilbert. 3.13 OU Coach Bob Stoops Would Not Have Suspended Jaz Reynolds Had He Been a Demarco Murray What OU WR Jaz Reynolds Tweeted this week about the tragedy at the UT campus was insensitive, and he deserved the suspension. Good for Used to Be Big Game Bob. There is not a part of me, however, that believes Stoops would have given a full-game suspension to a key member of his team, not against UT. You suspend the guy a full game you can win without to send a message to the rest of the tweener players; you suspend the key player you can't win without for one quarter, or just don't start him. 3.12 Since 1998, UT is 131-28, which is the NCAA's winningest team; in that same period, OU is 126-35, which is third. Who is tied for second? Boise State, with a 131-25 record. 2. A Bad Sign For UT The Horns are 9-2-1 in Top 25 matchups against OU when it enters the game as the higher-ranked team. They are 5-14-2 when they are lower ranked. UT is ranked No. 21. OU is No. 8. 2.43 Do The Corny Dog If you are going to the Texas State Fair for fun, or to watch the game, or both, you can't miss eating a corny dog. It should be a once-a-year delicacy. 1. Saturday's game will be decided by which QB makes the fatal mistake. UT QB Garrett Gilbert has massive potential etched all over him, but given the nature of his running game plus young receivers he has one killer pick or fumble in his pocket that is going to be the difference. I see more positive plays than negative plays coming from OU QB Landry Jones. OU wins.
Texas coaches list tailback D.J. Monroe (5-foot-9, 171 pounds), who has averaged 9.3 yards per carry, as a co-starter with Fozzy Whittaker for Saturday’s game. But Monroe has only seven carries, with six coming last week against UCLA.
Coaches are concerned about overusing Monroe, who struggles in pass protection and is not effective running between the tackles. But they want to get him the ball more often, which triggered his move back to running back after spending fall drills at receiver.
“It was so hard to get him the ball as a receiver,” Brown said. “Now, we can.”
Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert saw a personal streak of 33 consecutive victories as a starting quarterback end with last week’s 34-12 loss to UCLA. But he said he learned a lot in his first defeat since his high school days. What did he learn?
Gilbert said the Longhorns have “got a ways to go” as an offense, with the first orders of business being to “protect the ball better and.....finish drives.” Gilbert, who has thrown four interceptions in the last two games, placed most of the blame himself.
“Being my own toughest critic, I feel like there was a lot of stuff that I could have done a lot better for our team,” Gilbert said. “Taking it from the film and applying it to Oklahoma is what matters.”
* TCU coach Gary Patterson said after his team’s win against SMU it was like “Alabama-Auburn”. Do you think Alabama coach Nick Saban will say, “It was like TCU-SMU” after the Tide play the Tigers in November?
(OK, it’s a cheap shot, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t take it. It’s sports. Have fun, people.)
* A huge win for UNT coach Todd Dodge against Florida Atlantic. The Mean Green, who have been beset by injuries unlike no other team in Division I, are 1-3 and 1-0 in the Sun Belt.
Dodge was down to his third-string QB, Riley Dodge, who won all of those games for his dad when the pair were at SouthlakeCarrollHigh School. Riley completed 10-of-15 passes for 146 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. He also ran 11 times for 67 yards.
TD lives to coach another day.
* TexasState is 3-1 for the first time since 2005 after it defeated Southern Utah, 42-28. The Bobcats, ranked No. 23 in the I-AA poll, ran for 224 yards.
* Now that Houston is without QB Case Keenum for the season with an injury, the Coogs may be a running team. RB Bryce Beal ran for 123 yards and four touchdowns in UH’s 42-23 win against Tulane. The Coogs are starting a true frosh QB, Terrance Broadway.
* BYU’s last season in the MWC isn’t terribly memorable, mostly the Cougars aren’t very good. BYU lost at home against future MWC member, Nevada, 27-13. True frosh QB Jake Heaps made his first start for the Cougars, and was 24-of-45 for 229 yards.
* BoiseState better watch out - Nevada can play. The Wolfies are 4-0, and host the Broncos on Nov. 26.
* Lamar returned to reality. The first-year program was blown out at Stephen F. Austin, 71-3. SR QB Jeremy Moses threw for 353 yards and four TDs, and went over the 10,000-yard mark for his career.
* I have no idea what to make of CUSA. I know no one cares, mostly because the conference has no top 25 team now that UH QB Case Keenem is out. But for the sake of TCU’s strength of schedule, it needs SMU to win that conference. Even if the Ponies win though, the voting masses won’t care anyone beat the CUSA champs’ because no one is clearly better than the other.
* Alabama is the best team in the nation, but I don’t like its chances of running the table again in the SEC. Alabama’s next two games are vs. No. 9 Florida, and at No. 12 South Carolina. On Nov. 6, the Tide play at No. 15 LSU. And, of course, the Tide finish with Auburn. The Tide have to lose eventually, right?
* How much money is being spent on the ad campaign for the new Wall Street movie? I'm seeing that ad in my sleep.
* We don’t know exactly how good Oregon is because it plays in the Pacific Time zone. It’s more proof how badly you need to be in the Central or Eastern time zone, or be Los Angeles, to really get noticed. That said, the Ducks are a serious threat to reach the BCS title game.
* UTEP’s win against Memphis gives the Miners a 3-1 start, their best since 2005. It’s just the sixth time in the last 46 seasons the Miners are won three of their first four games. Lots of tradition in El Paso. But it could save Mike Price’s job.
The game was won after the Miners drove the ball 95 yards in the final minutes to set up Dakota Warren’s 18-yard FG.
* After handling Rice in rain-filled game, Baylor is halfway to six wins to qualify for the What Else Is There To Do In This Town Bowl. Can the Bears get there?
* The Big East is awful. Period. It’s only ranked team, however, No. 22 West Virginia, actually showed itself quite nicely in a 20-14 loss at No. 15 LSU.
* Auburn QB Cameron Newton may be better than Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett. Not as a pro, but as a collegian.
* Did any athletic department stuff their bank account on the backs of its football team more than San Jose State? The Spartans traveled to play at Alabama, at Wisconsin and at Utah; they lost those three games by the combined score of 131-20. If they didn’t clear $2 million off those three losses something is wrong.
* Suspend the idea that the best RB at Alabama is backup Trent Richardson. He’s good, but JR and defending Heisman winner Mark Ingram is better.
* Texas A&M’s best chance to beat Arkansas in two weeks is to get pressure on Hogs QB Ryan Mallett and hope he throws picks the way he did against Alabama.
But the way the Tide ran on the Hogs should give Aggies hope that Christine Michael and Jerrod Johnson can score points.
* Texas’ big home loss to UCLA has to have the people in Lubbock worried. This was the same Texas defense that dominated the Red Raiders.
* Oklahoma had to be looking forward to next week’s game against Texas. The Sooners probably should have lost at Cincinnati on Saturday night, but they were the better team.
* I’ll keep saying this - Nebraska is going to win the Big 12 title game in its last season in the conference. And no one will be grinning any bigger than Tom Osborne.
* The Big 12 North is almost as bad as the Big East. In fact, the whole Big 12 is a bit down this year.
* What the Big 10 did this weekend was shameful. The conference finished a collective 8-2, all at home, against a schedule that was so weak and so lame that fans should have been admitted for free.
The opponents were: Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Northern Colorado, Ball State, Austin Peay, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Akron, Temple.
The eight teams that won did so by the combined score of 385-109. Two teams scored 70 points.
Lost in these stupid numbers is that two of schools from this “power” conference actually managed to lose. How?
Purdue should be kicked out of the conference after losing 31-20 to Toledo in West Lafayette. And Minnesota coach Tim Brewster all but signed his “fired” papers after the Gophers lost 34-23 to Northern Illinois.
* TCU needs more style points. Every margin needs to be at least 20 points.
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ME: Time to pick some games from this weekend's schedule.
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2. Penn St. at Alabama LL: Alabama
3. Texas Tech at New Mexico LL: Texas Tech of course!