With the demolition of the west side of Amon G. Carter Stadium scheduled for December 5th, this Saturday will mark the final home game in "The Carter" as we know it before the $105 million stadium renovations begin. In order to celebrate our iconic stadium over 500 TCU letterman from the past 80 years will appear at halftime, the first 10,000 fans will get a complimentary AmonG. Carter Stadium historical guide with feature from infamous TCU historian Dan Jenkins, and there will be a post-game farewell ceremony and fireworks show. In addition all popcorn and hot dogs in the stadium will be $1 and there will be a commemorative AGCS cup for $5 with drink, $2 without.
Amidst the celebration there is also a big game to be played against a 7-2 San Diego State Aztec team that is 6 points and two crooked refs away from being undefeated. Coach Patterson knows this will be quite a test and is looking for a raucous crowd come Saturday, "I want somebody else to worry this Saturday about going with a silent count," Patterson said. "That's how I want the crowd to be. I want them to be so loud [the Aztecs] have to go to a silent count for all four quarters at Amon G. Carter Stadium in the last game we'll ever play [before the renovation]. That would be a goal of mine. They have to take a timeout because they can't hear their signals."
What Amon G. Carter Stadium will look like after the renovations. (via thetcumagazine)
This Aztec team is much different than in years past thanks to the leadership of coach Brady Hoke. This team is athletic, physical, balanced, and explosive, so the Horned Frogs will have their hands full and will need to come out focused because this matchup has "trap game" written all over it. The Aztecs tout the #23 ranked offense in the country and their explosive skill players QB Ryan Lindley (2,426), RB Ronnie Hillman (1,044), WR DeMarco Sampson (851), and WR Vincent Brown (762) all lead the MWC in yardage for their respective positions. The #33 ranked Aztec defense led by defensive coordinator Rocky Long is equally impressive and only allows 336 yards per game. The Frog offensive line will face quite a challenge and will need to keep an eye on LB Miles Burris who was this weeks MWC defensive player of the week after recording a career-high 10 tackles (nine solo), including four tackles for a loss of 39 yards, two sacks, and two forced fumbles against CSU.
I look for this game to be much closer than the 27 point spread indicates but unless the Frogs have been their reading press clippings all week and have their heads in the clouds they should prove to be too much for the plucky Aztecs. TCU 31 SDSU 17