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TCU Fans Traveling Hard to Pasadena for Rose Bowl, Wisconsin Too

Because most of the early bowl games are so uninspiring, a fun game has been tracking the amount of tickets sold for each game. Several schools have struggled to sell tickets resulting in poor attendance figures for most games. One bowl game that won’t have the same issue is the Rose Bowl.

The January 1st game featuring the atypical matchup of TCU and Wisconsin should be well attended in Pasadena. The Badgers sold out their allotment of tickets early in December. TCU was not far behind. As reader Aaron Benton noted to LBS, Horned Frog fans sold out their 20,000 ticket allotment in four days.

Back when we were predicting the BCS bowl games, we called TCU an “undesirable team” because they do not travel well. Apparently that is not the case, and the reason is pretty easy to see: crappy bowl games to cap off an average season don’t pique the interest of many fans. Seeing a big-time bowl game at the end of an excellent season is an entirely different story. TCU fans are clearly amped to see if their Horned Frogs can remain unbeaten with a win in the LA-area and are paying big money to see it happen.

TCU Joins BCS Automatic Qualifier Big East But Not Defined by BCS?

You may still be getting used to the idea of a school from Fort Worth, Texas being part of a Big East of anything as am I. That’s right, Texas Christian University will now join the likes of UConn (from Connecticut), Pitt (from Pennsylvania), Providence (from Rhode Island), and Syracuse (from New York) in the same conference. Nevermind the idea of geographical differences between TCU and everyone else, what I don’t understand is the comments from athletic director Chris Del Conte.

At one point during his speech made on Monday, Del Conte said “Having BCS automatic-qualifying status was a priority for our football program and a great reward for the success we’ve had the last decade.” At another point Del Conte mentioned that “The BCS does not define TCU. TCU defines the BCS as evidenced by our football program but the academic institutions that we’re going to be associated with.”

Got it? So this move was done so that TCU could be more appropriately aligned with academic institutions on its level. You know, those notable bastions of academia like Louisville and West Virginia. So if TCU is moving its school and all its sports teams to the Big East, all so the football team becomes a part of an automatic qualifier conference, then how is the school not defined by the BCS? Someone ‘splain that to me, because we see right through you, Del Conte.

Seven Automatic BCS Bids Could Make Things Worse

It looks as if the Mountain West Conference will become the seventh conference to receive an automatic BCS bid two years from now.  Amidst a four-year evaluation process that began in 2008 and 2009, the MWC is the leading candidate to receive the seventh spot due in large part to Utah qualifying for a BCS game in 2008 and TCU following suit last season.  Like almost everything that has to do with BCS rankings, it remains unknown what exactly all of the criteria are that the Mountain West Conference needs to fulfill over the next two years in order to secure the bid.

While I agree with the notion that some teams in the MWC have been very, very good over the last couple years, (Utah and TCU were undefeated in 2008 and 2009, respectively) the rest of the conference is weak.  Utah, TCU, and BYU will probably be competitive year after year, but beyond that teams like Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado State and San Diego State make the MWC one of the more top-heavy conferences in the country.  I’ll admit if there has to be a seventh team added that will receive an automatic bid, the MWC is probably as good an option as any conference, but is it really necessary to create a situation in which seven out of ten BCS bids are automatic?

It’s no secret that the computer system that is the BCS standings is flawed.  In fact, that’s one of the furthest things from a secret in all of sports.  Leaving only three spots open for all of the other teams in college football to grab in order to gain a BCS berth is asking for trouble.  Some of the conferences (Big East) have a hard enough time fielding a team that’s worthy of their BCS bid some years.  Yes, Utah beat perennial powerhouse Alabama in 2008 to finish the season ranked No. 2 in the country, but don’t expect teams from the MWC to be that stellar every year.  The way the automatic bids are designed now, with six conferences receiving a bid and the other four spots up for grabs, leaves a good amount of flexibility for “Cinderella” stories and teams from small conferences to climb to the top.  The NCAA should leave it that way.

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Two years into evaluation, MWC in good spot [ESPN College FB Nation Blog]

Andy Dalton Gets a Mohawk for TCU’s 11-0 Start

Even though Andy Dalton had to shave his head after losing a bet with his teammates, I’m guessing the teammates wished they had asked for a different bounty. The red head was probably thrilled to pay up considering the terms of the deal: he had to get the cut if the team won 10 straight games. They did that last week in their easy win over Utah so Dalton showed up to TCU’s game on Saturday looking like this:

Andy Dalton mohawk shaved head

The picture doesn’t show the reverse side where apparently Dalton had “TCU” shaved in. The Horned Frogs started off slowly against Wyoming but turned it on midway through the 2nd quarter to win 45-10. At 11-0 and with road wins over Clemson, Utah, and BYU, they’re legit. It’s too bad the Big 12 Title Game can’t be canceled so TCU can play Texas instead of Nebraska. No doubt the Horned Frogs would make it a game. As for Dalton, he now has 18 touchdowns against 5 interceptions, 2,256 yards passing, and 477 yards rushing on the season. Not too shabby.