It’s late February.
The sun is staying a little longer in the sky. Valentine’s Day has come and gone. The Horned Frogs started their 2010 baseball campaign.
And the Purple Toads still do not have a fourth out of conference game scheduled in football.
Currently, the Frogs 2010 season has non conference games against Pac-10 Oregon State, Big 12 Baylor, and Conference USA foe and traditional rival SMU. Given the paucity of scheduling options now out there, it appears that the Frogs will be hosting a 1-AA team for their fourth out of conference match.
Perhaps Midwestern State.
Does it really matter?
When the pooh-bahs of college football authorized a 12th game, I’m not sure they envisioned it as a glorified scrimmage so the bullies of the college football world could kick sand in the face of sub-division weaklings. But that, unfortunately, is what it has come down to.
I guess Frog fans can take solace that they have reached the “big time”, which means paying for a home ticket against an opponent that they significantly outclassed in both size and speed. “Gosh, now we’re just like the Big 12” they can mutter to themselves.
Personally, I think the Frogs are making a big mistake in not pushing for a quality opponent for that last out of conference contest. Whether they like it or not, they play in the Mountain West which just does not garner the respect of the BCS conferences—that is just a fact of life. And hey, to the defense of the Mountain West naysayers, it does mean the Frogs get New Mexico, San Diego State and Colorado State—three lay downs. And UNLV has not been lighting the world up lately either.
Additionally, while Baylor is a BCS foe, they are (correctly) viewed as the weak link in the Big 12 South, given that they have not had a winning season in 15 years. SMU plays in what is also considered to be an inferior conference. So that leaves TCU with one real quality opponent, Oregon State, plus whoever can make some noise in the Mountain West.
Which is a real bummer.
The Frogs, with 15 returning starters off their incredible 2009 campaign, could have a legit shot at the top prize if they had a decent schedule. This could be the year. And wouldn’t it be a shame to see them denied by a couple of percentage points on a formula…points they could have gotten if they had only scheduled a Division 1 team, not a Division 1-AA cupcake?
Well, it is likely too late now.
Schedules have filled up, commitments have been made, and TCU will probably have to grab whoever they can get. But if I were Chris Del Conte, the schools new AD, I’d be smilin’ and dialin’ and trying to get another decent game on tap.
Talk the Aggies into dropping powerhouse SF Austin State or Florida International for a date. Get Houston to drop Texas State and take on the Frogs. Plead with Tech, which has an open date in September, to drop Weber State and play the Frogs. Or schmooze Texas to drop that amazing crowd pleaser, Florida Atlantic, for some old timey SWC fun with the Frogs.
Well, one can always hope, can't they?