Tuesday, September 4, 2007

TCU v. Texas-- hype

The Dallas Morning News points out that TCU will be a much tougher win for Texas than Arkansas State was, and the Indians almost upset the 'Horns. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram agrees. One Sports Illustrated columnist even forecasts (through a crystal ball) an upset on September 8. UT's coach is on the bandwagon, saying that TCU would flourish in the Big XII, and that he ranked TCU somewhere near 10th on his post-season coaches' ballot last season. We'd believe that more if we saw it, but the final ballots are, conveniently, not public. A UT fan and writer at Pegasus News is convinced the Frogs will upset the Horns.

Sporting News, SI.com, CBSSports, The Washington Post, and CSTV all have color pieces on the game. The Sporting News has two reprises and a Q&A with Chase Ortiz; ESPN one; the Austin-American Statesman has run dozens of articles about TCU and its tilt with Texas. Here're a few. Stewart Mandel predicts Texas will win by one point.

CFN's team preview for 2007 highlights this game, as does nearly every other pre-season look at the Frogs. Top's Corner at KF.C has been replete with articles focused on September 8 since the middle of the summer. CBS Sports lists the game in its "Key Dates" script on its front page (this won't archive, but it's been posted there for months.) In short, this game is probably the most intensely scrutinized game TCU has played since Davey O'Brien was under center in the 1930s.

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