Soldier Field seeing more empties in game vs. rival Green Bay

By: Alex Patt

The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have arguably the most historical rivalry in NFL history. They have been playing each other for nearly a century and both fanbases traditionally get energized for the match up. However there was a big lack of energy at Soldier Field on Sunday.

For the first time since 2008, the Bears were favored over the Packers going into Sunday’s game. The Packers ended up winning the game without Aaron Rodgers by a score of 23-16 which angered Chicago fans as they dropped to 3-6. The Bears have not beaten the Packers at Soldier Field since 2010 and are overall 43-62 since 2011 while the Packers have been to the playoffs every year since 2009. Head coach John Fox┬áhas been in Chicago since 2015 and is 12-29 with only three divisional wins in that time.

Fox’s seat is on fire and another bad Bears team is making fans angry beyond belief. They are tired of losing and Soldier Field, a stadium that has traditionally sold out all games has been taking a hit the last few years. Sunday’s game against Green Bay saw an official crowd of 55,661 with over 5,000 seats unused. In addition, the crowd dwindled even more in the second half as the Bears trailed Green Bay throughout the game.

Tickets to Bears games are among the most expensive in the league and Soldier Field is not easy for many suburban people to get to. It is hard to spend a lot of money on an entire day when the team has been bad for years now. Sure, the weather was not great, but that has not stopped crowds from showing up in previous years. This has to hit the McCaskey family hard, and they have to realize the state of the franchise is taking a toll on the team.

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TCU Suffers Second Loss

TCU traveled to Norman this weekend to face the #5 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

Many thought this game would be a competitive one. Oklahoma has one of the best offenses in college football, while TCU came in as one of the top rated defenses. It was the offense of Oklahoma that shined through.

The game started with an Oklahoma field goal followed by a TCU touchdown drive. They drove the ball 75 yards in two plays. TCU would go on to score one more time in the first half and would score one time in the fourth quarter and that was it.

TCU’s offense could never establish any rhythm and that cost them dearly. The defense played somewhat well but were overpowered by the Sooner’s offense.

Kenny Hill threw for 270 yards on 13-for-28 passing with one passing touchdown. He added 40 yards on the ground with one rushing touchdown as well.

Darius Anderson led the team in rushing yards with 42 yards. TCU has typically won the games when they could establish their running game and that didn’t happen tonight.

Neither team had any turnovers in this game. It would’ve helped TCU greatly if they could’ve forced a turnover or two.

TCU was most likely eliminated from playoff contention, but still controls their own destiny to play for the Big 12 Championship. If they win their next two games they will be the number two team in the championship game in what will most likely be a rematch with Oklahoma.

The Horned Frogs will visit Lubbock next weekend to play Texas Tech.

 

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TCU Bounces Back With Win Over Texas

The Horned Frogs played host to Texas a week after their disappointing loss to Iowa State. They were looking for a good win to bounce back from that loss. The Frogs got just that with a 24-7 win over the Longhorns.

Texas came into the game at 4-4. All of their losses were down to the wire games. They could never seem to finish a game when it mattered.

TCU entered the week 7-1 and ranked number eight in the first College Football Playoff Poll of the season.

The Horned Frogs started the game strong by scoring on their first drive. The rest of the first quarter didn’t have much to talk about.

TCU started the second quarter off with a field goal and another touchdown. Texas then scored their only touchdown of the game on a 33-yard pass.

Neither team would score again until the fourth quarter when Darius Anderson ran for a 31-yard touchdown on fourth down, breaking a defender’s ankles along the way.

TCU didn’t have much of a passing game today as each of TCU’s scores was on the ground. Kenny Hill threw for 146 yards on 18/26 passing with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 43 rushing yards as well.

Darius Anderson led the charge for rushing with 99 yards and one score. Kyle Hicks rushed for 41 yards with two rushing touchdowns.

The defense played extremely well yet again, allowing Texas to rush for only nine yards. Neither team turned the ball over at all.

TCU looks to continue winning as they travel to Norman to play the red hot Oklahoma Sooners, fresh off a big Bedlam win, next week at 7 P.M. on Fox.

Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State Preview

It’s Bedlam time yet again. One of America’s most famous rivalries is set for another high octane showdown as #5 Oklahoma prepares to visit in-state rival #11 Oklahoma State this Saturday. The playoff hopes of each program hang in the balance as one more loss would all but remove either of the Big 12 powers from contention, while the victor would remain firmly planted in contention.

Scoring should be in abundance when the teams face off for the 112th time. Both the Sooners and the Cowboys head into this year’s rendition of the Bedlam Series ranked in the top three in total offense (1st and 3rd respectively) and the top six in scoring offense (6th and 4th respectively). The passing defenses for the two rivals also rank 80th for the Pokes and 87th for Oklahoma, assuring plenty of scoring opportunities for either side.

Quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph will have to outduel one another in a face off that has both Heisman Trophy and Playoff implications. Mayfield has shown once already this year he has the metal to win big on the road, while Rudolph has steadily produced top numbers all season. The two have faced off twice already in their collegiate careers, with Mayfield winning both games. Rudolph does have one win against the Sooners under his belt, a 38-35 OT thriller coming in his freshman season.

With so many comparable strengths between the two rivals, the game will ultimately come down to a combination of two factors. The game will be controlled largely by the defense that is able to play above their talent level and by which of the two quarterbacks makes fewer mistakes. With defenses as sub-par as these two, the last thing either of the quarterbacks can afford to do is turn the ball over and bail out the defense.

All things considered, I have to give the edge here to Mayfield and the Sooners. Boomer Sooner has absolutely dominated the all-time series and has won eight of the last ten meetings. The Sooner defense, despite it’s struggles at times, also held Ohio State to 17 points earlier in the season. If one of these defenses is going to show up at all, Oklahoma’s will be the one to do so. The edge goes to the Sooners, winning in Stillwater 45-27.

 

Iowa State Upsets TCU

Iowa State continued their impressive season today with an upset of number four ranked TCU.

Iowa State entered the game at 5-2 and ranked number 25. TCU was 7-0 entering this weekend. The Cyclones are now 2-0 against top five teams this season as they upset Oklahoma earlier in the year.

It was a defensive battle the whole night. Neither offense could really get anything going. 14-7 was the final score as TCU’s lone score was a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from KaVontae Turpin.

Both of Iowa State’s scores came in the first half on passing touchdowns from Kyle Kempt.

Kenny Hill looked off tonight and played his worst game of the season so far. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. One of this interceptions and the lost fumble were both in the red zone.

Hill threw for 135 yards on 12-of-25 passing.

The rushing game looked really good in the second half, but big runs were consistently waved off because of penalties. Darius Anderson rushed for 95 yards and Kyle Hicks added 80 yards on the ground.

The defense was just as good as they have been all season. Iowa State’s receivers had a considerable size advantage over TCU’s cornerbacks and safeties and that’s what helped the Cyclones to score twice.

The Horned Frogs saw their winning streak come to an end, but they can still go on to win the conference championship.

TCU hosts Texas next weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:15 on ESPN.

TCU rolls to win over Kansas

TCU hosted the Kansas Jayhawks this week. Kansas came into the week with a record of 1-5. TCU entered the week 6-0 and ranked number 4.

The Horned Frogs played a great game all around. Kenny Hill threw for 278 yards and had five passing touchdowns. He added 14 yards on the ground as he dominated the Kansas defense.

Darius Anderson rushed for 62 yards and Kyle Hicks added 57 yards on the ground. Six other players carried the ball as TCU ran 191 yards.

John Diarse led the way receiving as he had 130 yards and one touchdown reception. Jalen Reagor hauled in two touchdowns and with 43 yards receiving. Desmon White and Taj Williams also had one receiving touchdown each.

The defense came up huge in the game as they only allowed Kansas 21 total yards with -25 rushing yards.

Kavontae Turpin took a punt 90 yards to the end zone in the game for his first special teams touchdown of the year.

TCU travels to Ames, Iowa next week to face an Iowa State team that has been playing really well as of late. The game kicks off at 2:30 P.M. on ABC.

Despite Weather Delays, TCU Rolls to Another Win

With lightning in the area, the game didn’t start until 2 P.M. after a three hour weather delay. There was more lightning in the fourth quarter, delaying the game yet again.

When the game wasn’t being halted by lightning, TCU looked like the dominant team. They limited Kansas State to only 216 total yards and just two field goals the entire game.

It was the passing game that carried the Frogs to another win. The ground game has carried TCU most of the year to this point, but TCU only rushed for 98 yards yesterday.

Kenny Hill looks like he keeps getting better. He threw for 297 yards on 27-for-37 passing with no interceptions, something he struggled with last season. He looks like a new man. Hill also ran for 13 yards on six carries, including a seven yard scramble for  the Frogs first touchdown of the game.

Kyle Hicks had 58 rushing yards on 16 carries and Sewo Olonilua rushed for two scores in the game.

Kavontae Turpin led the receiving core with 70 yards receiving on just five receptions. Kyle Hicks caught five passes for 50 yards. Jalen Reagor, Desmon White, and John Diarse all had more than 40 yards receiving on four or less receptions.

The defense held Kansas State to 146 passing yards and just 70 rushing yards, while recovering one Wildcat fumble. This defensive unit continues to be one of the best in the nation.

TCU entered the week ranked number 6 in the AP poll and has moved up to number 4 in the latest AP poll.

The Frogs face the Kansas Jayhawks next Saturday in Fort Worth at 7 P.M. On Fox.