Welcome to the Couldn’t Be Me college football recap for Week 9 where we take pity on fools across the college football landscape and are grateful we’re not them. Since this is only the 2nd time we’ve done this and the 1st time we’ve done it for a week where Baylor actually played a football game, there is an opportunity to set a precedent. And set a precedent is what I shall do.
You might be thinking to yourself:
“Dex, Baylor got completely destroyed by West Virginia. They looked absolutely terrible and it was on Thursday night so the whole country was watching. They were down 41-0 at the half. How could you write an article taking pity on anyone else when your team was that bad? Logic and fairness and reason and balance would dictate that you have to address that in the Couldn’t Be Me this week. You probably shouldn’t even write it.”
I will respond with 7 simple words:
Shut up, nerd. TCU lost to Kansas.
It was gonna be really hard to write the Couldn't Be Me Recap this week but TCU made a way out of no way. pic.twitter.com/esgyDdz57l— Higher. Further. Dexier. (@DexHinton) October 27, 2018
Somehow, Texas rose all the way up to a number 6 ranking this season. #They said TEXAS IS BACK FOLKS...again. And just like every year since Colt McCoy left, #they #lied...again. Texas got outplayed by a very mediocre Oklahoma State team in every way possible including this embarrassing YOU GOT MOSSED moment:
— Boone Pickens State (@BP_State) October 28, 2018
TYLAN. WALLACE. pic.twitter.com/6uzaWWJ6lI
Longhorn fans, clearly hardened by a few tough seasons in a row now (including, fun fact, a 2016 campaign that featured a loss to Kansas) and believing in their genius Head Coach (he’s in Mensa, after all) took the loss in stride. Except of course they didn’t, are you out of your mind?
Screw it all. I'm not even boiling my water anymore. #hookem— Hook'em Fans (@HookEmFans) October 28, 2018
This is straight out of the Charlie Strong + year one of Tom Herman playbook. Upper classmen not leading. Defense not tackling worth a damn. Drive killing penalties on offense. Texas regressed an entire year in two weeks.— Life-long Rams Fan Dan Why-Ner (@DanWeiner) October 28, 2018
The road to the Alamo Bowl is paved with good intentions, Tom Herman.— Brand Yacubian (@DBDR) October 28, 2018
I made this in 2016 after the Oklahoma State game. Knew I’d use it again. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/CeEpl2D0MB— Will Baizer (@WillBaizer) October 28, 2018
Whooooooooooooo you guys thought I was done for the season? #HookEm— Fire Tom Herman (@FireTomHerman) October 28, 2018
Imagine being highly ranked and going to Stillwater and getting exposed in a night game on national television. In this economy? In the year of our lord 2018? That’s so 2013. Couldn’t be me.
Texas A&M has had a decent 1st season under Head Coach and Rich Person with Way More Money Than Can Be Spent in College Station (that’s his official title, look it up) Jimbo Fisher. So decent in fact that it prompted the entire College Gameday crew to pick them to win today against Mississippi State in StarkVegas.
Texas A&M’s 2 losses to Alabama and Clemson; their uh... convincing I guess wins over Kentucky, Arkansas, and South Carolina by a combined 16 points; and the spirit of the 12th Man or something moved Kirk Herbstreit enough to say the following thing that nobody asked him about:
Also, ESPN's Kirk Herbsreit says Texas A&M "not only wins today, but they're not going to lose another game the rest of the year." pic.twitter.com/P2kb1xACXQ— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 27, 2018
Herbstriet and other people who allegedly know things about college football thought Texas A&M was a pretty good team I guess and they hung around at #16 in the country because their only losses were to the top 2 teams in the country. Being a 2 loss team in the SEC JUST MEANS MORE so those teams stick in the 12-20 range in the polls until someone says otherwise.
“Otherwise.” - Mississippi State, October 27th, 2018
The game was largely uninteresting as Kellen Mond had another uninspiring start, frustrating Aggie fans yet again. (I’m not bitter. You’re bitter. Shut up.)
You remember how Mississippi State was in the Couldn’t Be Me last week because their offense couldn’t do ANYTHING against LSU? This week they did some things and Nick Fitzgerald continued his domination of all 12 Men.
Nick Fitzgerald in his @HailStateFB career as starter vs. Texas A&M:— Bill Martin (@MSUBillMartin) October 28, 2018
Total Offense Yds: 966
Rush Yds: 375
Pass Yds: 591
TDs: 11 (5 rush, 6 pass, threw for multiple TDs all 3 games)
* - denotes all 3 wins were an unranked #HailState beating a ranked A&M
Texas A&M suffered their 3rd loss of the season on, fun fact, the 11 year anniversary of their last loss to Kansas in football. It was also their third loss of that season. The more you know.
FINAL: Mississippi State 28, Texas A&M 13 pic.twitter.com/IYkJPNhQzJ— TexAgs (@TexAgs) October 28, 2018
Imagine getting the hell beaten outta you by a team who only managed to score 3 points the last time they played. Couldn’t be me.
I won’t waste too much of your time here. Florida State played Clemson and there are only 3 things you need to know about this game:
- Clemson won the game 59-10, giving Florida State their worst home loss ever (and they’ve had plenty of bad home losses including, fun fact, a 28-0 whooping at the hands of Kansas in 1973).
- Florida State’s offensive line is really bad. They gave up as many tackles for loss (14) as they had 1st downs.
- This man attended the game with no shirt, pleated jeans and, fittingly, a copy of the book Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
Current FSU status: pic.twitter.com/07EFsdcAQt— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 27, 2018
This hashtag is extra hilarious right now. https://t.co/2cZ8ZCpMJf— New job, who dis? (@PBS_Impulse9) October 27, 2018
Getting blown out so badly at home that your fans ignore the game entirely to soak in some sunshine and a good book instead? Couldn’t be me.
Literally any member of the South Florida Defense
Hey remember Charlie Strong? Fun fact, that guy that lost to Kansas in 2016. Anyway, he coaches at South Florida now and his team is pretty good most of the time but then this happened to them today in their 1st loss of the season. Couldn’t Be Me. Enjoy.
No one was stopping Houston's QB from getting to the endzone pic.twitter.com/dwzTvwUfKA— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 27, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. You know I had to do it to em.
Congratulations to Texas Christian University, the first team in Couldn’t Be Me history to be featured twice. You all knew this was coming.
Couldn’t be me tho right @DexHinton https://t.co/2hnfLlnXoF— Amy Pagitt (@AmyGrahamPagitt) October 28, 2018
But if you read last week you know I don’t like to pick on the easy reasons why I can’t relate to TCU. You know I don’t like low hanging fruit like the fun fact that they’re the first Big 12 team to lose to Kansas since 2016. It’s cherry picking to point out the fact that there are people old enough to legally drink their sorrows away in Fort Worth that weren’t alive the last time TCU lost to Kansas in football. It’s far too simple to point out the fact that TCU has to win 3 out of its last 4 games (Kansas State, @ West Virginia, @ Baylor, Oklahoma State) to avoid missing a bowl game for the first time since 2013. It would be lazy, low-brow journalism for me to search Twitter looking for pregame tweets from Horned Frog supporters to point and laugh at, like these:
Purple skies are a good sign as we pack the truck for the trip to Lawrence! #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/CD4TyJEt0V— Trevor Cook (@TrevorCook__) October 25, 2018
Let’s get this party started! #gofrogs pic.twitter.com/bKrnbOn456— Gretchen Bouton (@GretchenTCU) October 27, 2018
It's Gameday! Let's #GoFrogs! Looking foward in seeing Michael Collins at QB. Must win game today. Two games you just can't lose and that is Kansas & Baylor. You just can't. I will not accept losses to those two teams @TCUFootball. It's time to buckle down #Big12 #CFB #TCU! pic.twitter.com/5lvPskxZA9— Terry Beaudine (@TerryBeaudine) October 27, 2018
It would be even lazier, lower-brow journalism for me to find the finest “TCU lost to Kansas” tweets I could and post them here, like these:
Welp we lost to Kansas pic.twitter.com/OumVY3CeHd— Jaron Wagner (@jaron_wagner) October 27, 2018
Wife: Where you going?— SBryan (@SBryanTCU) October 27, 2018
Me: To the mall, need to replace my wardrobe for a bit. We just lost to Kansas
I went to Baylor over Kansas in 2009. Since then, Baylor has never lost to Kansas in football. I sat in a chair at 5:28 P.M. since then, TCU has lost all their games to Kansas.— Kendall (@kendallkaut) October 28, 2018
The AP Pollsters consider TCU to be the Texas Longhorn’s second best win. TCU just lost to Kansas.— BB (@GigsandSwigs) October 27, 2018
How would it benefit you, the reader, if I dug up this video I threw together 2 years ago for times like this?
For all the TCU homies, especially Coach Patterson. #RiffRam pic.twitter.com/5gDrrxN4cf— Higher. Further. Dexier. (@DexHinton) October 23, 2016
What do I stand to gain from pointing out the fact that they could’ve easily won this game or at least tied it up if not for a butt fumble in the red zone with under 2 minutes to go?
Here's the butt fumble in TCU-Kansas. Wow. pic.twitter.com/6YjxewAKbm— Max Olson (@max_olson) October 27, 2018
That’s not how we get down here on the Couldn’t Be Me. I have a responsibility to go deeper than the surface! I have a responsibility to love my enemies. And to that end I have done a service for that school north of here and found things for them to be excited about from this trying weekend. Things they can look at while recovering from a loss to Kansas in Football.
Didn’t know that was a collegiate sport but hey, it is. And TCU is apparently good at it and beat something called VMI today.
The 3rd-ranked TCU Horned Frogs shoot the top eight aggregate scores in their victory over VMI! #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/8yCAitNI5T— TCU Rifle (@TCURifle) October 27, 2018
Swimming and Diving
Hey, every 4 years swimming and diving is very cool and interesting but have you ever wondered what happens those other years when you’re not looking? TCU wins stuff apparently. Look:
1-2-3 on One-Meter. 1-2-4 on Three-Meter. Three NCAA Zone cuts. Izzy, Connie, and Grace put in work on the boards! #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/D43ljRim1Y— TCU Swim & Dive (@TCUswimdive) October 27, 2018
Ehhhhhhhhhhhh okay maybe not that one right now.
Final, #TCUWEQ falls to No.4 Baylor 11-8 in Waco.#GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/FCvcXdmbd5— TCU Equestrian (@TCUWEquestrian) October 27, 2018
The point is there are other things to focus on at TCU right now besides the fact that the Horned Frogs lost to Kansas in football in the Year of our Lord 2018. And if you look hard enough, deep enough, straight in to their purple souls, you’ll see the most important thing about TCU. It’s the only thing that matters.
THIS TWEET STILL APPLIES! THE DREAM LIVES ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! https://t.co/DwQ2q0Lyv5— Higher. Further. Dexier. (@DexHinton) October 27, 2018
COULDN’T. BE. ME.