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TCU officially loses home game to Boise State


TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte deemed it “not appropriate” that the Mountain West was considering shifting his school’s home game with Boise State from Fort Worth to Boise in 2011.

Today, a really bad word may need to be inserted between “not” and “appropriate” to fully express what the Horned Frogs are feeling this evening.

According to a press release issued by the conference, the Mountain West has indeed stripped the home game away from TCU and given it to new arrival Boise State.  It won’t be an extra home game for the Broncos, however, as their game against San Diego State has been moved to the Aztecs’ stadium.

Still, what figures to be Boise State’s toughest test of the 2011 season — no offense, Georgia — will now be contested on the blue turf instead of on the road.

“After carefully considering all sides of the issue, the MWC Board of Directors decided to implement the change in the 2011 football schedule as had been recommended by the athletics directors. TCU will now play at Boise State, while Boise State’s contest with San Diego State will be played in San Diego. The Board felt the change was in the best interest of the Mountain West Conference and would help address current and future scheduling concerns created by the new set of circumstances which stemmed from another change in membership.”

While I fully understand the motivation behind it — “easier” game for the Broncos that could help in their bid for AQ status — it’s still a classless and bush-league maneuver by the conference.  Of course, given how the system currently operates, I guess the conference doesn’t have much choice but to crawl down in the gutter and wallow around in the BcS’ level of sewage in the hopes of earning an automatic bid.

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9 Responses to “TCU officially loses home game to Boise State”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jan 25, 2011 7:41 PM

    We said it before, and we say it again now, “What a shame!” “Not appropriate” is a kind way of saying it. TCU is being mistreated and there is a universal principle at work, which will mean that the MWC will have repercussions in the future. TCU did not deserve this treatment, but small petty men are trying to retaliate against them and reward Boise State, the newcomer to the MWC. It is a shame. The MWC should be bigger than this, but obviously are not.

  2. edgy says: Jan 25, 2011 7:44 PM

    It’s my understanding that both teams will count because the evaluation period ends at the end of 2011 and this is basically an up yours to TCU for leaving.

  3. geraldthecat says: Jan 25, 2011 7:51 PM

    I bet the Big East would like to see the frogs a year sooner.

  4. mrcowpatty says: Jan 25, 2011 8:28 PM

    I bet the bowl selection committee will have field day with this. I can hear them now ” remember how the MWC gamed the system to get a better bowl.”

  5. southernpatriots says: Jan 25, 2011 8:39 PM

    That is a great point. Bowls definitely consider public opinion because that helps sell tickets and interest for their bowl and the charity(ies) they assist.

  6. edgy says: Jan 25, 2011 9:18 PM

    BTW, how the conferences stood for AQ status before this season (Courtesy: Andy Staples – Inside College Football):

    1. The conference must finish among the top six in a listing of the average of each conference’s highest ranked team at the end of each regular season. How each conference stood for this test:

    1. Big 12 (1.5)
    1. SEC (1.5)
    3. Mountain West (5)
    4. Pac-10 (6)
    5. Big East (7.5)
    6. WAC (7.5)
    7. Big Ten (9)
    8. ACC (11.5)

    2. The conference must finish among the top six in a listing of the average computer rankings of every conference’s full roster of teams at the end of each regular season.

    1. SEC (38.63)
    2. ACC (40.34)
    3. Big East (42.69)
    4. Big 12 (46.38)
    5. Pac-10 (49.85)
    6. Big Ten (50.91)
    7. Mountain West (58.61)
    8. WAC (72.28)

    3. The conference must accumulate a score of at least 50 percent of the highest ranking conference’s score in the Adjusted Top-25 Performance Ranking, which measures how many teams each conference placed in the BCS top 25 and adjusts for conference size.

    1. SEC (22, 100 percent)
    2. Big Ten (20.25, 92 percent)
    3. Big 12 (20, 90.9 percent)
    3. MWC (20, 90.9 percent)
    5. Pac-10 (15.75, 71.6 percent)
    6. Big East (15, 68.2 percent)
    7. ACC (12, 54.5 percent)
    8. WAC (8.75, 39.8 percent)

    The MWC is comfortably in the Top 6 in 2 categories and just outside on the third.

  7. mrcowpatty says: Jan 26, 2011 12:22 AM

    Great stats Edgy, the only problem is that the teams that are joining the MWC are coming from the WAC. And from the information you’re showing me that is not a good sign.

  8. edgy says: Jan 26, 2011 9:41 AM

    mrcowpatty says:


    The problem with your analysis is that you’re not taking into account that they’re the better of the WAC teams so they’re going to be, at worst, neutral.

  9. lanflfan says: Jan 26, 2011 4:15 PM

    Love that picture for the article.

    I gather this is the bc$ way of saying,”Congrats on a great season. You almost beat our system. Oh, you lose a home game. Congrats and good luck!”

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