Links O' War: September 20th, 2012

Big Baseball announcement? Hmm......

Big TCU Baseball announcement coming later today... Keep your head on a swivel.

The Cavalier Daily :: Cavaliers visit Horned Frogs, hope to upset strong foe
The Virginia football team travels to Fort Worth this Saturday in hopes of upsetting No. 17 TCU in front of a national audience. On paper, the Horned Frogs (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) are the toughest challenge the Cavaliers (2-1, 0-1 ACC) have faced in the still-young 2012 college football season.

Knee injury costs TCU's top tailback rest of year - San Antonio Express-News
TCU's leading rusher, Waymon James, will be lost for the season after sustaining a knee injury in the Horned Frogs' Big 12-opening victory at Kansas last week. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of TCU's 20-6 win, when James appeared to land awkwardly on a sweep after planting his foot into Memorial Stadium's FieldTurf playing surface. James' injury will leave bullish 227-pound tailback Matthew Tucker as the leading contender to emerge as the team's featured back in the Horned Frogs' game Saturday against Virginia. James' injury should open playing opportunities for freshman B.J. Catalon and former UCLA transfer Aundre Dean.

From top to bottom, Big 12 arguably is strongest league - San Antonio Express-News
The Longhorns rolled up 676 yards against the smallish Rebels and really never were challenged in a game that finished at 11:50 p.m. The Longhorns didn't get back to Austin until about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Defending champion Oklahoma State rebounded from last week's desert debacle with a 65-24 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette but lost quarterback Wes Lunt with a knee injury. Backup J.W. Walsh came off the bench to throw for 347 yards and four touchdowns in OSU's triumph, which featured an onside kick called by coach Mike Gundy when his team was ahead 38-0.

Overheard: TCU’s defense not new to Virginia, who brings 6’6″ fullback Zachary Swanson back to Texas | College Sports Blog
Virginia beat Richmond handily before dealing Penn State a hearbreaking 17-16 defeat as the Nittany Lions missed what would have been a game-winning field goal as time expired. This week, the Cavaliers travel to Fort Worth to take on TCU.

Big 12 offenses most prolific in nation - Houston Chronicle
Pinball numbers again are the rule in the Big 12, where huge offensive performances have been plentiful in recent seasons. [...] the weak early schedules have had a contributing factor, with nine of the 26 non-conference games coming against FCS opposition and just four against BCS opponents. In terms of yards per play, the conference has three of the nation's four most potent offenses, five of the top eight and eight of the top 16. The Big 12's leaders in yards per play include West Virginia (8.3), TCU (8.1), Baylor (7.9), Oklahoma State (7.7), Oklahoma (7.4), Kansas State (7.3), Texas (7.2) and Texas Tech (7.2).

How the loss of leading rusher Waymon James will hurt TCU | Big 12 Sports | a mySA.com blog
The loss of TCU leading rusher Waymon James with a season-ending knee injury could have some drastic effects for the Horned Frogs. TCU sources confirmed that James is out for the season after injuring his knee in the fourth quarter of the Horned Frogs’ 20-6 conference-opening victory at Kansas.

Frogs' depleted depth takes another big hit - Dallas Colleges Blog - ESPN Dallas
Hasn't TCU suffered enough attrition since the end of last season? Apparently not. Add the team's leading rusher in 2011 and 2012 to the list.

Virginia’s young safeties hope for bounce-back performance at TCU - Cavaliers Journal - The Washington Post
Virginia’s Anthony Harris and Brandon Phelps are looking to improve on a poor showing at Georgia Tech.

17th-ranked TCU tangles with Virginia | College Football | Bradenton Herald
TCU grabbed its first win against a Big 12 opponent as a member of the conference last week, but this week the 17th- ranked Horned Frogs will welcome the Virginia Cavaliers of the ACC to Amon G. Carter Stadium for a non-conference clash.

Patterson trusts 'one guy right now' at running back after James injury | TCU 360 - with news and sports from the TCU Daily Skiff, TCU News Now and Image magazine
TCU coach Gary Patterson said Wednesday he was not happy that news had leaked regarding the season-ending knee injury to his starting running back Waymon James. "Now [Virginia] gets to prepare for just one guy," Patterson. "Our team is hurt because of that."

Scattershooting: UVa hopes to increase recruiting footprint in Texas | Cavalier Insider
Scattershooting around the ACC, while noting three things: that Virginia is hoping to step up its football recruiting in Texas; Florida State is the ACC’s hope for improving its national image; and is Georgia Tech the smart bet to win the Coastal Division …

Notes On A Scorecard - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte discusses the hot topics around the Horned Frogs

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