TCU Heads East

Wednesday, 1 December 2010, 5:50 | Category : College, Football
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TCU is leaving the Mountain West in its dust while it heads for the Big East and the BCS.

Despite the Big East being an inferior conference when compared to the Mountain West, the TCU’s path to a BCS bowl and even the championship just got easier. After being overlooked by the Big XII, the struggling Big East just accepted TCU into their conference. Read the details here.

This move seems to make sense for both parties. The Big East expands to Texas, a large football market, while bringing an actual championship contender into its fold. TCU is abandoning a better conference (just look at the comparisons between the two) for an easy path to an automatic BCS bowl berth.

On the flip side, the lose of TCU is a detriment to the MWC. It was only a matter of time after Utah and BYU decided to leave. Even with the new inclusions of Boise St next year and Nevada and Fresno St in 2012, the conference will sorely miss TCU’s presence.

While the state of the MWC no longer affects BYU, it’s sad to see the biggest threat to the BCS dismantled.  Boise St and Hawaii (which had a very poor performance in its lone appearance) will be the only BCS busters not joined up with the system it waged war against.  Hopefully BYU will get back to form and teams like Nevada, Fresno St, Hawaii, and Houston will be able to field consistently good teams. I’m not going to get into it now, but we need to scrap the BCS and form a playoff.

The Pac-10 either missed out on or chose to overlook TCU this summer when it expanded. I mean, Colorado?! They have neither a good football or basketball program or a large market. What did the conference gain from including them? And after they tried to steal half of the Big XII we know they were willing to expand as far as Texas. Plus Utah and TCU already have a very real rivalry, which the Pac-10 seems to love.

The Big East is not nearly as good as the Pac-10, but this probably plays to TCU’s favor. The Horned Frogs should have little to no competition for the Big East title and a yearly appearance in a BCS bowl.  Now a close loss to a good team will not eliminate them from contention of a BCS bowl, much like what just happened to Boise St.

While the Big East is now up to 9 members (the perfect size for a conference in my opinion), their already large basketball conference just got larger.  TCU couldn’t even compete in the MWC in basketball.  The MWC has some pretty decent talent and sent 4 teams to the big dance, but by no means does it compare to the depth of the Big East. So it’s going to be even harder for TCU to get any recognition there.

Overall, it was probably a good move by TCU and the Big East.  I just wish it wasn’t even better for the BCS.

Unofficial Predicitons: College Football Champs

Thursday, 2 September 2010, 20:14 | Category : College, Football
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With the college football season about to begin on Thursday, we thought it only appropriate to make some Unofficial Predictions.  Since the season has not yet begun, my knowledge of teams is based on the more official reports of others.  We will also refrain from predicting the winners of non-AQ conferences we are not as familiar with.  At this point all we can do is gaze into the crystal ball and write what we see…

ACC Atlantic: Boston College

ACC Coastal: Virginia Tech

ACC: Virginia Tech- they choke in at least one big game during the season, but they somehow tend to stay relevant.

Big XII North: Nebraska- they’ve got something to prove in their final season in the conference.

Big XII South: Oklahoma

Big XII: Nebraska- I was not convinced by Landry Jone’s play last season.

Big East: Pitt

Big Ten: Wisconsin- I may be a little biased on this one.

Mountain West: TCU- The Horned Frogs are somehow flying under the radar.  They are ranked 6th and have a very weak schedule this year.  Utah and BYU will be no match and Oregon State shouldn’t do much to them at home either.  It is smooth sailing from there.  If Boise St. loses, TCU could be the team to break into the national championship game.

Pac-10: Stanford- from what I understand it is up for grabs; Washington will be a sleeper to watch out for.

SEC East: Georgia

SEC West: Alabama- but watch out for Arkansas.

SEC: Alabama

WAC: Boise State- duh.

Champion: Boise State over Alabama- Its hard to see this scenario actually happening, but I don’t think the Big East or ACC have the talent to send a champ.  The Big Ten, Big XII, and Pac-10 will all beat up on each other.  BSU is ranked high enough that if it goes undefeated then there is no reason why it shouldn’t get a shot at the title.  Alabama is still a powerhouse, but BSU seems to thrive in big games.

Summary: Who knows?! Last season was a little too scripted, so we’re expecting (and hoping for) a lot of surprises this season.

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