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Pachall has inside track as Dalton's heir apparent

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08:35 AM ET 02.07 | Casey Pachall offers quite a contrast to Andy Dalton. Pachall, standing 6-foot-5, is several inches taller and lankier than Dalton, and is covered in tattoos, including his throwing arm. He redshirted in 2009 and earned the backup spot in 2010. With the departure of Yogi Gallegos, who transferred to Texas A&M-Commerce over the break, Pachall seems the obvious choice to take over for the clean-cut, ink-free Dalton. TCU coach Gary Patterson isn't ready to anoint Pachall publicly, saying last week, "Nobody has the job right now, but he's the oldest guy." But it appears to be Pachall's job to lose when spring practice begins March 5.

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February 7, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Dalton was lights out in the Rose Bowl. Wonder where he will go in the draft.

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February 7, 2011  10:40 AM ET

So what did he sell to get his ink money?

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February 7, 2011  10:42 AM ET

Any TCU fans out there? What does the 2011 season look like? I remember a thread about the Biose game being moved to Idaho (??).....any other tough ones on the schedule? Predictions??

February 7, 2011  10:45 AM ET
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So what did he sell to get his ink money?

Ohio State donated some extra that they had laying around......

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February 7, 2011  10:46 AM ET
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Does anyone know anything about Pachall? Yes BB, he was good.

I saw him play in HS. Brownwood is in the same district as the town I live in. (Colt McCoy's little brother Case was also a QB in that district at the same time. Pachall graduated one year earlier I believe.) He definitely has the physical tools but he also displayed a bit of a childish nature during his HS games. Those may have been removed by some upper classroom upon arrival to college though. Has happened before. So unless he has matured and developed well while at TCU, he is no Andy Dalton. Has the physical tools but not the mental toughness of Dalton IMO. Dalton has a little of a linebacker mentality.

February 7, 2011  10:56 AM ET
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Any TCU fans out there? What does the 2011 season look like? I remember a thread about the Biose game being moved to Idaho (??).....any other tough ones on the schedule? Predictions??

Not a TCU homer WPS but I did see them play in person four times this year and on the tube. IMO, TCU graduated a lot this year so I don't expect them to be near as good. Not terrible but this past year was special. They were very good.

They should be comparable to what they were three years ago. Boise didn't lose as much (sans their OC which is a big loss IMO) as TCU so I expect them to be better than TCU.

On the schedule, I understand that is a problem and TCU is now a victim on their own success. Texas Tech is claiming they need to drop their return game to TCU because of going to a nine game Big 12 schedule and the MWC originally said Boise would slide into Utah's spot which meant playing in Fort Worth. Now, the MWC is wanting to move the game to Boise. TCU thinks it is a jab at them for leaving the MWC. So bottom line, TCU may have a problem getting any kind of games, much less tough ones.

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February 7, 2011  12:58 PM ET
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should be back on top the following year in their 1st year in the Big Least... So that makes them BS Title worthy 2012

So I guess you see now who LUS will be playing for the 2012 title eh?

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February 7, 2011  01:38 PM ET
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Any TCU fans out there? What does the 2011 season look like? I remember a thread about the Biose game being moved to Idaho (??).....any other tough ones on the schedule? Predictions??

DC is right - they lost a lot of talent. Don't know a thing about the kid, but know that ESPN is trying to set up a game between BYU and TCU in JJones' house Thanksgiving weekend. Nothing solid, but BYU sounds interested; TCU . . . not so much. But that could be because the MWC is trying to give the finger to BYU for leaving.

February 7, 2011  01:51 PM ET
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Not a TCU homer WPS but I did see them play in person four times this year and on the tube. IMO, TCU graduated a lot this year so I don't expect them to be near as good. Not terrible but this past year was special. They were very good.

Thanks, Creek......knew someone out there would have a feel for next year.......how many days till football?

February 7, 2011  01:58 PM ET
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Thanks, Creek......knew someone out there would have a feel for next year.......how many days till football?

Too damn many whatever the number is!

February 7, 2011  02:05 PM ET
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Too damn many whatever the number is!

+1....at least we had some CFB threads today. Already sick of CBB (sorry Buckeye Boy)

February 7, 2011  02:09 PM ET
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+1....at least we had some CFB threads today. Already sick of CBB (sorry Buckeye Boy)

Agree. As long as we have a couple of CFB threads we won't have to be committed to the asylums. Hoops isn't any good until at least the time the conference tourneys start. Right now (except for the Big 10) schools are just killing each other in conference for seeds in the tourney.

 
February 8, 2011  07:50 AM ET

Friends, Romans, countrymen... lend me your ears!!! Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more!

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