Dallas Colleges: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
October, 11, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPNDallas.com
Should be another fun-filled week of Big 12 football. I'm headed to Lubbock, Texas, to see Texas Tech and West Virginia tussle, but our team sites, SoonerNation and HornsNation, will take care of you when it comes to coverage of Saturday's Red River Rivalry game. If you haven't checked them out, do it to it, friends.
For the first time all season, all 10 Big 12 teams are in action. Let's get to the picks!
Last week: 2-2
Overall: 31-7 (.816)
No. 6 Kansas State 21, Iowa State 20: Another year, another nailbiter. Kansas State has made a living by winning these games the past couple of years, and you can make it 10-1 in the Wildcats' past 11 games decided by one possession. Collin Klein needs a few first downs to ice the game late, and he gets them. This one will be plenty physical, but I couldn't bring myself to pick the Cyclones, who'll put up a good fight but come up just short at home.
No. 15 Texas 31, No. 13 Oklahoma 27: This was my toughest pick of the week, and I'll have a video later with more on the game. Still, I think Texas' defense forces Landry Jones into a costly mistake or two and Oklahoma can't stop the Longhorns' physical running game. Huge Red River debut for Johnathan Gray, whose breakout game helps the Longhorns end Oklahoma's two-game winning streak in the rivalry game.
Oklahoma State 51, Kansas 21: No contest here, and I really don't care who's starting at quarterback for Oklahoma State. KU doesn't have the firepower to hang with any of these spread offenses and doesn't have the defensive personnel to slow them down enough to make it a game. Unless OSU battles penalties and turnovers like the Cowboys did against Arizona the last time they went on the road, this one won't be close.
No. 5 West Virginia 42, Texas Tech 34: West Virginia has to be careful with this one. Texas Tech is a better team than it looked last week against Oklahoma. Things could get a little uncomfortable for the Mountaineers, whom I almost put on upset alert, but Tech doesn't have the personnel in the secondary to cover Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. The defensive line will play well and slow the running game, but Geno Smith and his partners in aerial crime will get the job done.
Baylor 44, TCU 27: TCU might be in for some lean times ahead without an experienced quarterback -- nothing calms a team more and allows for consistent offensive play. Trevone Boykin will make a few big plays but will make a few more big mistakes, while Baylor's offense simply does what Baylor's offense does: put up points in bunches in just about every way an offense can put up points.
Texas A&M 41, Louisiana Tech 27: These teams are finally getting to play each other and both have been very impressive offensively. This is a tough road game for the Aggies, but Louisiana Tech is 123rd in total defense. -- Edward Aschoff
Texas A&M 37, Louisiana Tech 24: Had these two teams played to open the season as originally scheduled, who knows what would have happened? It’s been a great start for Louisiana Tech, but Texas A&M’s high-powered offense isn’t about to stall now. -- Chris Low
August, 29, 2012
College Football Live looks at how the postponement of the scheduled season opener against Louisiana Tech impacts Texas A&M, which now must play 12 consecutive weeks.
December, 22, 2011
By David Ubben | ESPNDallas.com
Time for what's probably our final checkup on TCU before the Horned Frogs join the Big 12.
Record: 11-2 (7-0 Mountain West)
National rank: No. 18 in the BCS standings. No. 16 in the AP poll. No. 15 in the USA Today poll.
Last result: Beat Louisiana Tech 31-24 in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
What to know: Anybody who watched could tell TCU was a bit uninspired, perhaps disappointed it narrowly missed out on a third consecutive trip to the BCS.
Either way, the Horned Frogs erased a 24-17 fourth-quarter deficit to win 31-24.
Skye Dawson hauled in a 42-yard touchdown pass from Casey Pachall on a rollout to take the lead for good with 4:26 left to play.
The secondary struggled, and TCU couldn't get off the field for much of the first half, but managed to tie the game at 10 after after a Greg McCoy interception.
We saw plenty of those secondary struggled against Baylor early in the season, but the Horned Frogs rebounded in the second half.
"It didn't turn out the way we expected or how we wanted it to but we came out with a win," Dawson said.
He finished with 85 yards on four catches to earn MVP honors.
Pachall finished 15-of-29 for 206 yards and broke Andy Dalton's single-season school records for completions (228) and passing yards (2,921).
For frame of reference, five Big 12 quarterbacks had more completions, and Missouri's James Franklin needs just five completions to make it six. Five Big 12 quarterbacks had more yards, and Franklin needs 182 yards passing to make it six.
A couple local takes on the game:
- TCU wakes up, smells Poinsettia after stinky start
- Fourth-quarter comeback proves a tune-up for Big 12
Ironically, TCU is a combined 10-0 against the SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC.
Against the Big 12, it is just 6-6. The Horned Frogs have won 11 games in seven of the past nine seasons, and in the Big 12, that pace figures to slow as they adjust to more grueling week-to-week schedules. Still, most of the offense returns next year, including several contributors. TCU's quarterback (Pachall), leading rusher (Waymon James), top receiver (Josh Boyce) and sacks leader (Stansly Maponga) will all come back next year as juniors.
There's no reason TCU can't contend for a Big 12 title in 2012.