#5 Oklahoma Sooners: College Football 77 in 77

Welcome to The Sports Bank 77 in 77. We’re previewing one team a day everyday as the college football season approaches. And we’re doing it in rapid fire sequence. Today, the Oklahoma Sooners

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#15 TCU Horned Frogs: College Football 77 in 77

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Welcome to The Sports Bank 77 in 77. We’re previewing one team a day everyday as the college football season approaches. And we’re doing it in rapid fire sequence. Today, the TCU Horned Frogs

Go here for the TCU college basketball season preview

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Big 12 Trying to Avoid Dissolution by Potentially Adding TCU

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Today, Big 12 Conference brass cleared the way to potentially add TCU, a maneuver that could honestly save a league that seemed ready to collapse a few weeks ago. The Big 12 fired commissioner Dan Beebe a couple weeks ago, the first step in trying to rehab the league. Instead of just dissolving, the move would counter-act the rumor that Mizzou is jumping to the SEC.

Although TCU is not meeting expectations this season, they’re still a program on the rise which has more than out-grown it’s mid-major status.

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#13 TCU Horned Frogs: College Football 77 in 77

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You can’t call the TCU Horned Frogs Cinderella anymore. Not after a perfect 13-0 season which included a huge Rose Bowl win over the Wisconsin Badgers. Yes, they got screwed over by the BcS, and it sickens me that BcS commissioner Bill Hancock used their moment of triumph as a symbol/example of how he believes the status quo is supposedly just, during his nauseating speech to the FWAA the morning of the college football national title game.

Don’t get me wrong, I see how TCU got chances that other mid-majors did not; but it doesn’t mean the system work. TCU is more than just a cautionary tale; with seven seasons of ten+ wins, they have truly earned their place at the table.

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See the Oregon Ducks New BCS Title Game Uniforms (Photos, Videos)

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Yesterday Nike took the evolution of college football uniforms another quantum leap forward. The world’s leading sportswear concern unveiled its next generation of Nike Pro Combat uniforms and cleats that top collegiate teams University of Oregon, Boise State University, and University of Florida are expected to wear as they take the field in this season’s upcoming bowl games.

The Oregon Ducks will meet Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers for the national championship on January

NFL players Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions), Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers), Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs), Felix Jones (Dallas Cowboys) and Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams) were also on hand at iconic Cowboys Stadium (site of the next Super Bowl) to introduce the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon cleat and the 2011 Nike Pro Combat uniforms to several hundred guests and media.

“NIKE, Inc. is the leading, most innovative football company in the world and the top choice of football athletes at every level,” said Kris Aman, Vice President of Athletic Training. “Our success is based on creating breakthrough products and experiences unmatched in our industry, helping write the next chapter for Nike Football.”

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Desmond Howard MCs Nike Uniform Unveiling in Cowboys Stadium (Videos)

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Last week, Nike took the evolution of college football uniforms another quantum leap forward. The world’s leading sportswear concern unveiled its next generation of Nike Pro Combat uniforms and cleats that top collegiate teams University of Oregon, Boise State University, and University of Florida are expected to wear as they take the field in this season’s upcoming bowl games.

NFL players Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions), Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers), Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs), Felix Jones (Dallas Cowboys) and Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams) were also on hand at iconic Cowboys Stadium (site of the next Super Bowl) to introduce the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon cleat and the 2011 Nike Pro Combat uniforms to several hundred guests and media.

“NIKE, Inc. is the leading, most innovative football company in the world and the top choice of football athletes at every level,” said Kris Aman, Vice President of Athletic Training. “Our success is based on creating breakthrough products and experiences unmatched in our industry, helping write the next chapter for Nike Football.”

The event was MCed by Michigan Wolverines icon Desmond Howard. The current ESPN analyst is one of only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP; Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, and Marcus Allen are the others.) Howard was famous for his “Heisman pose” in his final regular season at UM.

By Paul M. Banks

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Check out TCU’s New Nike Rose Bowl Uniforms (Video & Photos)

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Yesterday Nike took the evolution of college football uniforms another quantum leap forward. The Pacific Northwest based sportswear corporation unveiled its next generation of Nike Pro Combat uniforms and cleats that top collegiate teams University of Oregon, Boise State University, and University of Florida are expected to wear as they take the field in this season’s upcoming bowl games.

Texas Christian University (TCU) will be debuting the new Air Zoom Alpha Talon cleat with a new version of their current 2010 Nike Pro Combat Uniform in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2011 when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl.

Take a closer look and notice the scales (you know like Frogs have) on the numbers and pants.

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Rejoice TCU! You’re joining the Big East, and will soon have BCS Chances

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In a deal that’s great for both parties involved. TCU joined the Big East conference today. If you’ve watched ESPN College Football Gamenight this season, you’ve noticed their running gags “Big East Bound and Down” and the “ACC Wheel of Destiny” to make fun of how mediocre, or just plain the respective conferences are.

Although this move will not help the TCU Horned Frogs this season, when it comes to possibly getting into the BCS title game. At least in a couple of years, their chances of not getting screwed by the BCS will be a lot, lot smaller. Being in a power conference and playing a power conference schedule will make a huge difference. Because right now they’re not in a conference that brings anything to the table.

And this is great for the Big East, since they’re football is even worse than the ACC, which means it’s downright pathetic.

By Paul M. Banks

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Complete Chaos: Just What the BCS Ordered!

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It was a good college football Saturday for the mid-majors as Boise State and TCU both won handily.

The Hawaii Warriors were manhandled despite coming to the smurf turf with an impressive resume within the WAC. Bronco quarterback Kellen Moore hits receivers across the middle with Heisman-winning level precision.

Elsewhere, TCU’s victory over the Utah Utes was much more impressive considering that both teams were rated in the top five prior to the contest. This was the biggest sporting event in Salt Lake City since it hosted the Olympics.

Gary Patterson brought in his underappreciated squad and took care of business on the road. Both of these aforementioned games are evidence that margin of victory must be part of the equation for the BCS rankings.

By Patrick Herbert

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Despite Routing #5 Utah, TCU Still Not Slotted for BCS Title Game

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Even though #3 and undefeated Texas Christian absolutely manhandled #5 (and previously undefeated) Utah on Saturday, it was still not enough for them to move up into a slot to play for the college football national title. (If the season ended today) In fact, they didn’t even move up at all, they remained at number three.

If you are a BCS proponent, you are truly running out of credibility (not like you really had much to begin with). There are four undefeated teams left in college football, two power conference teams: #1 Oregon and #2 Auburn, and two “mid-majors” #3 TCU and #4 Boise St.

In the latest rankings, the Big Ten first checks in at #7 Wisconsin Badgers, followed by #9 Ohio State Buckeyes, #11 Michigan State Spartans and #13 Iowa Hawkeyes. Throw in Nebraska next year at #8 and it looks like a really solid, top heavy conference even though there is absolutely no way a conference team plays for the title in 2010.

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