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 »

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 »

College Football Preview

Posted on September 23rd, by Tom Fireoved in All, BCS, College Football, NCAA, SEC, Texas A&M. No Comments

As conference play starts in full force this weekend, so do games that really matter. With the Big 10 holding down five of the top twenty AP rankings spots, and the SEC claiming seven, it’s no surprise these conferences take center stage. Here’s a quick preview of the four biggest games tomorrow:

No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 8 Michigan State
11 am Central

Here’s a fun fact I bet you didn’t  know – the Badgers and Spartans have won five of the last six Big Ten championships. Fun fact number 2, they’ll square off for the first time since 2012 when the two clash in East Lansing tomorrow.

Side notes:

The Badgers are 10-1 when scoring first and 12-0 when leading at halftime under head coach Paul Chryst.

The Badgers are 3-0 for the first time since 2011 and have won 10 of their last 11 … 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 »

Briles Speaks

Posted on September 8th, by Chuck Cooperstein in All, Baylor Bears, College Football, College Football PLayoff, NCAA, TCU. No Comments

We’re a week into the college football season and fresh off an opening weekend like none the great game has experienced before. There were important matchups between ranked teams, maybe even more importantly major schools with huge appeal lining up to play each other often times with stunning results. The effect of the College Football Playoff was on full display. Strength of schedule matters. Fans were the big winners. So was ESPN whose Texas-Notre Dame telecast was the second highest rated telecast of an opening weekend game (exceeded only by Miami-Florida State in 2005) ever. Now about the slate of games in Week 2…not nearly close to as compelling as there are exactly NO games between ranked teams. TCU-Arkansas is the top game of the week, but with all due respect to those schools and their fans, that’s not going … Read More »

Monday Morning FishHooks

It was a busy sports weekend here in DFW and the week ahead holds so much more. To help you get your arms around all the goings-on, I give to you my seven “FishHooks” of the week.

FishHook 1:

I don’t “get’’ Wrestlemania.’’ But I get why you get it. On Sunday night in Arlington, the fifth-largest crowd to ever watch an event filled AT&T Stadium for what I call a “male soap opera.’’ That’s not an insult to the 101,763 in attendance. Rather, it’s a complimentary tip of the cap to the record $17.3 million raked in by what Cowboys exec Charlotte Jones-Anderson admiringly called a “spectacle.’’ Women like soap operas with romance. And that’s OK. Men like soap operas with people throwing themselves off the top of something called “Hell in a Cell.’’ And that’s OK, too.

FishHook 2:

The Mavs have … Read More »

Duel in the Desert

Posted on January 11th, by Rob Scichili in All, college, College Football PLayoff, Football, NCAA. No Comments

Glendale, Ariz. — What a week it’s been here in Arizona. And the game hasn’t even been played yet.

Well, that will come soon enough. Like, tonight.

Clemson and Alabama clash tonight at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., for the second College Football Playoff National Championship.

Alabama’s been here before, too many times in recent years than is honestly fair. But they’ve earned it, even more so with the new playoff system. Clemson? Their last title was 35 years ago, but they are just as worthy of this opportunity.

This game should be a great one. Will it be decided when strength-on-strength is on the field with Clemson’s offense vs. Alabama’s defense? Bama has shown a tendency in the past to be susceptible to up-tempo offenses. Look no further than last year’s Playoff semifinal vs. Ohio State, when the Buckeyes rolled … Read More »

In the Mood

Posted on December 14th, by Rob Scichili in All, College Football, College Football PLayoff, NCAA. No Comments

College football head coaches are busy at work this week in the midst of bowl practices, trying their darnedest to get their teams ready to play one more game.

They all have one thing in common – getting their team “in the mood.” I’m not talking about dimming the lights and putting on some Lou Rawls.

I guess the better way to say it is – which coach can get their team motivated to stay focused and play their hardest in their respective bowl game? And most of these coaches have a bigger challenge on this front than others.

Let me explain. Do you think Dabo Swinney or Bob Stoops will have any issue getting their teams motivated and focused to play on New Year’s Eve? How about Nick Saban or Mark Dantonio? Didn’t think so. After all, there is a pretty big … Read More »

Championship Games Matter

The round-robin, late-season gauntlet that the Big 12 put in place this year for their four top teams is in full swing, and the two Texas top dogs have subsequently taken the proverbial “knock out punch” from their conference brethren north of the Red River. The last two Saturdays saw the Oklahoma State Cowboys crush TCU’s dreams of a final four appearance and the Oklahoma Sooners knock Baylor from contention as well.

During Saturday night’s rain-soaked game in Waco, the Sooners’ QB Baker Mayfield not only put himself into the Heisman conversation but perhaps his team back into an outside shot of the playoff picture. What’s that you say? A one-loss Big 12 team could make the playoffs? Now I must admit I think it’s a tremendous long-shot, and Oklahoma would have to have a plethora of dominoes fall right for … Read More »