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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
We’re just two weeks away from college football season and there’s no reason to wait any longer to look into the crystal ball and make some prognostications for the Big 12 and SEC.
Big 12 Champion: Will be decided early when TCU matches up with OU on October 1 in Ft. Worth. Former A&M quarterback Kenny Hill will put up some big numbers in a TCU offense that is built for him to thrive in, and of course their defense will be again be stout along the front line. Both teams will end up with one loss with the Horned Frogs earning the tie-breaker and the conference title.
Surprise Team: Texas Tech. Yes, really. Pat Mahomes is the next quality passer at Tech and the offense will crank out the yards and points once again. The surprise comes on defense, where the … Read More »
ARLINGTON—Brandon Finnegan always envisioned coming to Globe Life Park as a big-leaguer, but never figured it would be with the Cincinnati Reds. After the Kansas City Royals drafted the Fort Worth native 17th overall in 2014 out of TCU, it appeared his Metroplex return would come with KC. However, the now 23-year-old southpaw was traded to the Reds last July in a deal that sent Johnny Cueto, who ended up helping the Royals win their first World Series in 30 years, to KC.
Finnegan never saw it coming.
“It was definitely a blindside,” Finnegan said. “I spent almost a full year with them and it was just weird, being that first pick a year ago and getting traded. As soon as I was traded, [Reds President of Baseball Operations] Walt Jocketty told me that the plan for me was to start. I … Read More »
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 »
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 »
The whole Greg Hardy situation is, without question, despicable. Undeniably, Hardy takes the lead as the villainous front-runner in this saga, but who do you have as runner up? The NFL PA who fought to have Hardy’s suspension reduced from 10 to 4 games (and won), Jerry Jones and the Cowboys for signing him after supposedly doing “doing their homework,” or perhaps even the victim, Nicole Hardy, who by all accounts disappeared after being bought off (her Facebook posts subsequently showed her visiting Colorado, New York and Paris)…which in a nutshell meant the charges against Hardy had to be dropped? The whole thing kinda makes me feel like I need a shower. FYI the Cowboys are 0-4 since Hardy took the field for them – Karma can be a bitch can’t she?
I can’t help but wonder how Jason Witten … Read More »
So you thought the Big 12 got hosed last year when both Baylor and TCU were left on the outside looking in when the first college football playoff commenced? Well be prepared Bears and Horned Frogs (and Cowboys and Sooners)….cause I’m guessing you ain’t seen nothing yet. With the release of the initial Committee rankings last night, Baylor at 7-0, and TCU at 8-0, respectively grabbed the 6th, and 8th spots, while a one loss Alabama and a one loss Notre Dame were parked in the number 4 and 5 spots. Oklahoma State, also 8-0, claimed the #14 position, with one loss Florida, Stanford and Utah all ranked ahead of the Pokes.
So what gives? Isn’t actually winning your games the most important thing to do after all? Well, apparently not so much in this new world order of the CFP.
The … Read More »