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Frogs vs. Ponies on the Hilltop Tonight

Posted on December 7th, by Stephen Hunt in All, Basketball, Big 12, college basketball, NCAA, SMU, TCU. No Comments

DALLAS—The TCU and SMU men’s basketball teams don’t play for the Iron Skillet like the Horned Frog and Mustang football teams do, but Wednesday’s cross-town rivalry game at Moody Coliseum still holds plenty of intrigue. For one, the Frogs enter this contest a perfect 8-0 following a 77-54 win over Arkansas State on Saturday at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth. Junior forward Vladimir Brodziansky led the Frogs with 18 points and five blocked shots.

TCU, who is in year one under new head coach Jamie Dixon, is now receiving votes in both polls, but Dixon is adamant that despite their unblemished record, the Frogs remain a work-in-progress. “Getting better, we’re improving. I can get excited about what we can become,” Dixon said during his postgame press conference on Saturday.

The Frogs field a starting five consisting mostly of upperclassmen. Besides Brodziansky, that … Read More »

Frogs Look to Play Spoiler to OSU

Posted on November 18th, by Stephen Hunt in All, Big 12, Oklahoma State, TCU. No Comments

FORT WORTH—On Saturday morning, the TCU Horned Frogs host the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Amon G. Carter Stadium. For the Cowboys (8-2, 6-1 Big 12 Conference), currently ranked No. 11, the goal is simple — win and remain in contention for the conference title.

Mike Gundy’s Pokes have won six straight conference games and four of their last five against the Frogs. But due to previous scheduling quirks, the Cowboys, 2-1 on the road this season, haven’t won in Fort Worth since 1947.

OSU brings its high-powered offense which features a passing attack averaging 348 yards per game, sixth-best in the nation, to Fort Worth to face a pass defense allowing 262 passing yards per game, 101st in the nation. Despite that glaring discrepancy, Gundy isn’t taking Gary Patterson’s Frogs lightly.

“They’re a good team. They’ve got a good coaching staff,” Gundy said … Read More »

QB Controversy in Ft. Worth?

Posted on November 2nd, by Stephen Hunt in All, Big 12, TCU. No Comments

FORT WORTH—Last Saturday’s game between Texas Tech and TCU was billed by ESPN as a battle of two gun-slinging quarterbacks who happen to be sons of former big-league pitchers in Tech’s Pat Mahomes III and the Horned Frogs’ Kenny Hill.

Of course, that’s not how this Big 12 Conference clash played out. Points were at a premium in a 27-24 win by the Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium in double overtime. But one of the biggest stories to come out of this game was that Hill, who was 16-29 for 160 yards and one interception, did not play the fourth quarter or in overtime.

Sophomore Foster Sawyer, a Fort Worth product, replaced Hill, a junior, who was 3-for-8 for 31 yards and an interception in the third quarter, on TCU’s final drive of the third.

Sawyer threw a 25-yard touchdown pass … Read More »

What Now For the Big 12 and College Football?

Fast forward to the year 2024. The 8-team College Football Playoff is about to commence with the winners of the 4 Super Conferences and their wild card teams squaring off against each other in the quest to hoist the coveted Dr Pepper Championship Trophy. Tom Herman will lead his Pac 12 champion Texas Longhorns against Bob Stoops and his SEC wild card Oklahoma Sooners in the first matchup on Saturday of what is now known as “Big Game Weekend.” Lane Kiffin and his SEC champion Crimson Tide will kick off the Sunday games with a battle against the Big 10 wild card Fighting Irish. Sound far fetched? Believe me it isn’t, in large part thanks to the Big 12’s announcement Monday that the most dysfunctional conference in the land will stand pat at ten teams and forgo any foreseeable expansion.

In … Read More »

It’s a Special Weekend In Dallas

Posted on October 7th, by Chuck Cooperstein in All, Big 12, College Football, NCAA, Oklahoma Sooners, University of Texas. No Comments

It is a rite of autumn and truly one of the great things about living in DFW. The Texas-Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl (Yes, Texas name goes first because they won last year).

There’s nothing like the scene around the State Fair of Texas. The fans yelling Texas Fight or Boomer Sooner. Nothing like the scene inside the Cotton Bowl with the south end populated by OU fans and the north end by Texas, with the 50-yard line being the dividing line. Nothing like that moment when the teams run through the tunnel before kickoff, and you think of how many great players, coaches and teams have done just that. If you love college football, your hair is standing up right now just thinking about it. If you don’t love college football and get to experience that moment you WILL … Read More »

Reverse Barometer: College Football Weekend

Posted on September 16th, by Rob Scichili in All, Big 12, College Football, NCAA. No Comments

The Reverse Barometer is back, which is good news for some (fans of the teams I pick to lose) and better news for others (unquestioned entertainment as you contemplate your weekend football picks). Just do yourself a favor, bet the exact opposite of what I say and you’ll be safe. I think. I mean, bet at your own risk. Oh, what the heck – here are the predictions.

Ohio State at Oklahoma: If Bob Stoops is known as “Big Game Bob,” then Urban Meyer is… “Unreal Urban?” I don’t know. But with a record of 156-27 as a head coach (third-best winning percentage, all-time) with three National Titles, I think Meyer is doing just fine. I give Oklahoma a chance, simply because it’s in Norman. But it will take an impressive performance by Baker Mayfield to get it done. But OU … Read More »

Lessons from Week One

Posted on September 7th, by Rob Scichili in All, Big 12, SEC. No Comments

A fabulous Labor Day weekend once again showed us myriad of reasons why college football is the greatest game in the land. No other sport offers the swings of emotion, crazy plays, fandom and extreme passion that the college game does. And it teaches us lessons, old and new, every week. So what exactly did we learn?

Texas Love
We learned, once again, that the media simply loves Texas and will look for any opportunity to pump them up. No, that’s not the Aggie in me talking; it’s true. If you deny it, you’re living in dreamland (and wear burnt orange yourself). Seriously, what other team in America can go from unranked, give up 47 points at home, and vault all the way to number 11 in the polls? Yes, that was an unbelievable game on Sunday. Yes, it was against Notre … Read More »

Better Late Than Never

Posted on July 22nd, by Rob Scichili in All, Big 12, College Football. No Comments

Bravo, Big 12, bravo.

You finally figured it out. Having 12 teams in a conference is a wise choice, especially if your name has a 12 in it. Even 14 teams would be a good idea.

Now here’s the bad news – you had the perfect 12 teams just six years ago and should have looked into expansion back then. Since, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Missouri have bolted for greener pastures and the Big 12 added TCU and West Virginia (TCU should have been in the conference when it was formed in 1996, but that’s another story).

So the conference finally figured out that it is in its best interest to expand and grow to match the other power-five conferences from a numbers standpoint. Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby was quoted on Wednesday that his “voicemail was filling up” from inquiries from … Read More »

TCU Bats on Fire in Big 12 Championship

Posted on May 27th, by Tom Fireoved in All, Baseball, Big 12, College Baseball, Oklahoma State, TCU. No Comments

The TCU Horned Frogs broke out the big bats for the second consecutive day in the Big 12 Championship Baseball Series last night in Oklahoma City, this time trouncing the Oklahoma State Cowboys 13-5 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The No. 11 Frogs trailed by a run entering the top of the 8th, but used a 9-run outburst in the inning to take down the No. 16 Pokes. The 9 runs scored by TCU fell just two short of the Big 12 Championship single-inning record (11) set by Texas in 2009.

The Frogs’ freshman phenom Luken Baker led the way again as he did in Wednesday’s win over Baylor. After going 5 for 5 with three singles, a double and a solo homer that cleared the scoreboard in the Frogs 12–5 win over the Bears, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year … Read More »

College Hoops Tough to Beat

Posted on February 3rd, by Chuck Cooperstein in All, Big 12, college basketball, Oklahoma Sooners, SEC, SMU, Texas A&M, University of Texas. No Comments

Some of you may know that before I started doing Mavericks games on radio, I spent my time (a lot of time) around college basketball. There is no doubt in my mind that the NBA game is a better game (please don’t tell me NBA players don’t play hard), but the college atmosphere is far superior to the NBA. In the NBA, everybody has a 20,000 seat arena. Everyone has a screaming public address announcer (except for the Lakers Lawrence Tanter) and everyone shoots T-shirts into the stands. But in college, a place like Allen Field House is so different from Cameron Indoor Stadium, which is so different from Assembly Hall, which is so different from Moody Coliseum. You get the picture. Unique is a word that comes to mind.

Naysayers of the college game will say that it’s only about … Read More »