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March madness is upon us, that’s right the NCAA men’s basketball tourney is here. The best playoffs in sports is about to kick off, and sports fans across America are filling out their brackets, looking to pick the right upsets, wondering what team can survive the tourney. Some of the biggest schools in the nation are in the big dance, and then you’ll see some of the small no name schools who also punched their ticket.
What you won’t see, in any of your bracket is a team from the state of Texas. That’s right, not one single team from the lone star state is in the big dance. No Longhorns, no Aggies, Bears, or even a small school like UTSA or Sam Houston State. The schools in Texas really dropped the ball this season, a big reason why we’ve pretty much ignored college basketball this season, apparently so have the Athletic Directors in the lone star state.
So Texans have fun this March, fill out those brackets, and look on the bright side. At least you don’t have to pick your alma mater to win a few games in your bracket you know they have no chance of winning, now you can have a clear head and no ties to any of the schools as you try and dominate your office pool. As for all you Universities in Texas, get your act together, it’s hard to have state pride in March when not one of you even make the round of 64.
Today brings us two Texas sized games in the Big 12, Baylor vs Texas, Texas Tech vs TCU. 3 of the 4 teams are in the BCS top 25, and Baylor could sneak back in with a win in Austin today. All 4 teams still have an outside shot at a Big 12 title, with how balanced the conference is the Big 12 champ will probably have at least 1 loss. Another thing at stake today is bowl game positioning, nothing is better in Texas (besides a BCS bowl) than playing in the historic Cotton Bowl Classic. The Cotton Bowl will land the #2 or #3 Big 12 team, so the Longhorns, Red Raiders, Horned Frogs, and Bears would all love to be “home” at the Cotton Bowl. If not the Cotton Bowl, at least a shot at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The Alamo Bowl picks right after the Cotton Bowl, so the winners of these games today might set themselves up to look good for the Alamo Bowl committee. But aside from conference titles and Texas Bowl games, is the biggest thing of all at stake today, bragging rights. All 4 of these teams are big time programs within the state of Texas, and all 4 of alumni and fans all across the Lone star state. Baylor fans would love to brag all across central Texas that they beat the Longhorns 3 years in a row. Tech and TCU are both wanting to grab the #2 spot in the state, now that Texas A&M is gone. TCU and Tech have both had great success in the BCS era, and the now annual head to head match ups in the Big 12 could determine not only bragging rights, but also who lands a few Texas recruits. So Texans sit back, drink a shiner, and enjoy these 4 Texas schools go at it. And just remember, if your team wins, feel free to call your friends and brag. If they lose, you might have to throw down a few more shiners and put your phone on silent.
TCU QB Casey Pachall was arrested Thursday morning and charged with a DWI in Fort Worth. TCU has announced that Pachall is suspended indefinitely. Pachall failed a drug text back in February, but was not suspended for that incident.
TCU has had a whirlwind 12 months, they joined the Big East, but had one more season in the Mountain West. Then Texas A&M left the Big 12, leaving a big spot that the Texas based conference needed to fill. TCU has had so much recent success, they were a no brainer. In the middle of all this conference mess, TCU had to play a season. TCU had another solid season, highlighted by a win at Boise State, and one last Mountain West title. Now TCU must play in perhaps the deepest conference in the nation, and will be tested like never before.
TCU has been known for its defense, but last season the TCU D didn’t live up to Horned Frogs standards. This season, the frogs return 5 starters, including 3 on the front line. The TCU D line will be their strength, and they’ll count on DE Stansly Maponga to apply pressure to all the Big 12 QBs. Outside linebacker Kenny Cain will be in charge of stopping the run, while a young secondary will be pressured in the conference known to throw the rock all around the field. TCU has always ran a 4-2-5, which will serve them well in the Big 12.
TCU’s offense came alive last season, and no one was more important to the Frogs offensive explosion than now Junior QB Casey Pachall. Pachall will be asked to lead the Frogs into the Big 12, and to keep up with all the other live arms in the always high flying Big 12. TCU will still run the ball, especially with Waymon James and Mattew Tucker returning. Both ran for over 700 yards last season, and are ready to pick up where they left off. The O-line lost 3 starters, but return all conference guard Blaize Foltz. Wide Receiver Josh Boyce should be even better, and should be Pachall’s favorite target.
TCU is poised to make some noise in their 1st season in the Big 12, but they might lack the D to control the Big 12’s spread offenses. Coach Gary Patterson prides himself on defense, so if they do in fact manage to stop the high powered offenses, don’t be too surprised. Pachall is as good a QB as this conference has, so TCU is capable of winning a few shoot outs. My prediction, 10-3 with an upset victory at West Virginia.