The hope now is that the Frogs make it to the top of Everest. Win the Big 12, make the playoff, and bring home some hardware that hasn’t taken up permanent residence in Fort Worth since 1938. And while outsiders might shake their heads, those that bleed purple hold out hope. The Frogs have done it before, and that means it can happen again.
Sports, especially baseball, is a lovely paradox. Baseball is so statistically driven that you can pretty much argue yourself out of any gut-feeling you could ever have if it could be even mildly disproven with numbers. But yesterday when Cody Jones threw that rope from centerfield- combined with Skoug’s brilliant block- prevented LSU from getting the first run of the game, you had to like TCU’s chances for the day.
TCU’s 10-3 victory puts them in the winner’s bracket for Tuesday, where they will face the winner of Vanderbilt and Cal State Fullerton at 7pm. LSU will play the loser of that game at 2pm on the same day. The Frogs will likely look to Alex Young or Tyler Alexander to start game two, as they hope to take a short route to the championship series. One step closer to the destination! Go Frogs!
This year’s College World Series field is loaded. Four national seeds are joined by four programs with rich baseball histories to create what will no doubt be a very competitive two weeks in Omaha. The eight teams in this year’s field account for 15 of the last 36 National Championships as well as 85 total appearances in the College World Series.
Before first pitch, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s field!
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It’s finally here. College game day.
Also: Check out the Zone Read Podcast Monday at 7 PM for an update on Chris and Jamie’s fantasy draft Friday night and stories from the TCU LSU game at Cowboy’s stadium Saturday.
Get to bed early tonight. Tomorrow is game day. Go Frogs!
I am proud to announce that I’ve been asked by the awesome guys over at Frogs O War, TCU’s SB Nation blog, to be a contributor, beginning next week.
However, that means some slight changes will be coming to DSR.
There will no longer be any TCU content on this site (The old posts will remain, but nothing new will be posted). We’ll continue to have the College Football Top 25, and stories from around the nation, and, as always, we’ll still be your go-to site for anything and everything Rangers, Mavs, Cowboys and Stars.
Thanks for all of your support in getting the site to this point! Your readership is the reason I’m getting other offers.
So, for all you TCU fanatics, head on over and start reading: http://www.frogsowar.com/
Thanks, and GO FROGS.
The Horned Frogs enter their third game of the season without one of their top offensive players.
As we discovered yesterday, junior running back Waymon James, TCU’s leading rusher last year (and this year), will be out for the rest of the season with an undisclosed left knee injury.
The fortunate thing is that the Frogs still have a more-than-capable back in Matthew Tucker. Behind him wait senior Aundre Dean and true freshman B.J. Catalon.
The even better news is that the Frogs’ next opponent, Virginia, isn’t exactly stout when it comes to defending the run.
The Cavaliers have allowed 610 rushing yards so far this season (461 last week to Georgia Tech). Now, I know Georgia Tech runs the triple option, but 461 yards? With the passing game keeping Virginia’s secondary honest, I fully expect TCU to gain at least 200 rushing yards in this game.
Not to mention, their secondary hasn’t been totally stellar either. They’ve allowed opposing teams to average 11.1 yards per completed passing play. That’s a good sign for Casey Pachall, who will undoubtedly shoulder a larger portion of the offensive load this week.
Both teams are looking to rebound from poor performances last week. TCU had four redzone turnovers against Kansas, en route to a sloppy 20-6 win.
Meanwhile, Virginia was absolutely annihilated by Georgia Tech last week, 56-20.
Unfortunately from them, they’re running into a Gary Patterson team after a bad week.
Prediction: TCU-38, Virginia-9.
Big Games Outside the ‘Plex
#22 Notre Dame vs. #13 Michigan
Prediction: Michigan-27, Notre Dame-24
#3 Oklahoma vs. #10 Kansas State
Prediction: Oklahoma-35, Kansas State-20
#8 Florida State vs. #7 Clemson
Prediction: FSU-49, Clemson-38
#17 Arizona vs. #4 Oregon
Prediction: Oregon-28, Arizona-17
(Photo Credit: Charlie Reidel/Associated Press)
Welp. The season just got a lot longer for the Frogs.
Earlier today we learned that TCU’s leading rusher, Waymon James, had injured his left knee (the specifics haven’t been disclosed, but the popular rumor is a torn ACL) during the Kansas game and will be out for the rest of the season.
It’s a huge blow to a team that has already lost a lot this year.
In fact, here’s a list of every player that TCU has lost between last season to now (Big thanks to the KillerFrogs.com guys that put this list together):
Waymon James – Starting RB
Travoskey Garrett – Probable starting CB
Stephen Bryant – Starting TE/FB
Ross Forrest – Starting DE
Danny Heiss – Backup LB
Blake Roberts – Backup DE
Ethan Grant – Backup RB
Greg Burks – Backup LB
Tanner Brock – Starting LB
Devin Johnson – Starting safety
DJ Yendry – Starting DT
Ty Horn – Backup OT
Ed Wesley – Starting RB
James Dunbar – Starting OT
Deryck Gildon – Brock’s replacement, starting LB
Travaris Battle – Potential starting CB
Carter Wall – Backup OL
Nykerion Wellington – Backup OT
James Bailey – Backup safety
Justin Isadore – LBer
Dwight Smith – RB
Austin Aune – QB
That’s 22 kids. Any other team that lost 22 kids would be written off completely, but to this point the Frogs are 2-0, and are looking to be 4-0 heading into their second Big 12 conference game.
The majority of the carries will now fall to Matthew Tucker, who was already splitting time with James. Tucker has 100 yards rushing and a touchdown on the season.
Behind him are senior Aundre Dean and true freshman B.J. Catalon. Dean is a more hard nosed runner, while Catalon is a more finesse runner, like James was.
I think they’ll both see an equal amount of time in the backfield, until one or the other begins to distance themselves.
This definitely changes how Virginia will game plan for the Frogs this weekend (look for a full preview later in the week), but TCU is still dangerous.
They’re still deep at RB, they’ve still got their full suite of high-powered receivers and a potential All-American quarterback in Casey Pachall to lean on.
Oh, and the defense still hasn’t allowed a touchdown this year.
So, while things aren’t as bright, they’re still looking up in Funkytown.