Next Saturday, two old SWC foes square off.
The TCU Horned Frogs versus the Baylor Bears. Mano e mano.
It’s put up or shut up time for both programs.
Baylor fans have been touting the resurgence of the program due to the return of their athletic quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
They always put the III after his name just to make sure you don’t confuse him with his daddy and grand pappy.
Griffin III is supposed to lead the Bears to the promised land which is, for them, a winning season. Hey, I know it is not a lofty goal, but their last winning season was 15 years ago. Heck, we were all still using rotary phones back then.
Since a new and improved watered down bowl system has been implemented since the last time the Bears had more L’s than W’s, a .500 record or better means they will get to a bowl.
Griffin III was out last year after blowing his knee in game three, had a great freshman campaign where he passed for over 2,000 yards and ran for over 800. Bears fans are hoping if he can return to form, good things will happen.
He’s been slinging the ball around this year, including 297 yards against Mid American Conference Buffalo and 242 against FCS foe Sam Houston State. But can Griffin put up numbers against quality opposition?
A review of 2008 shows that when he played the big boys….Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech…they shut him down. He got less than 95 yards passing and 20 yards rushing against all three, and was also pretty much shut down by Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
In the three games he played in 2009, he put up good states against Northwestern State but mediocre stats against BCS foes Wake Forrest and UConn.
With TCU coming up, can Griffin III produce against a good defense?
Put up or shut up time.
For the Frogs, they take on a second BCS conference foe after beating Oregon State in week one.
Baylor, given their lack of any on field success for a decade and a half, is not lighting the strength of schedule calculators on fire. Oh yeah, they’re 2-0…but versus a FCS team and lowly Buffalo.
So for TCU to take care of business, they don’t just need to beat the Bear…they need to bet them soundly.
Anything less than a 20 point spread or less than a 30 point offensive output will not be considered a quality win. Maybe that is not fair, but welcome to the top ten where you are expected not only to win, but win big, to maintain your exalted status.
Want to be top ten? Then you have to give programs like Baylor, when you play them at home, a spanking.
Put up or shut up time.
Next Saturday at 3PM at Anon Carter in Fort Worth, both of these programs will get some questions answered.
One will put up…and the other will need to shut up.