RSF, on 29 May 2012 - 08:23 AM, said:
Problem seems to be not that we play SMU but that we have a growing contingent of spoiled, entitled fans. Lest we forget they actually beat us last year. And the previous year (you know, when we fnished #2 in the country) was no walk in the park either. If they were the whipping boy we (myself included) like to look at them as they wouldn't have been able to stay on the same field with us. Not the case.
Hell, in 2009 when we went to the Fiesta Bowl, the SMU game was no walk in the park either. Last three games against them have been grinders.
You are hitting it right on the head. Because we have pretty much been consistently good/dominant the past few years, people are getting plenty spoiled and going with that we are too good for some people.
SMU is pretty much where we were in the late 90s/early 2000s starting to get a good thing going on a consistent basis along with trying to get fans aboard. And people better not get on their high horse about the attendance issue there because we had the exact same problems in the recent past that they are having with attendance right now - not enough in-state/rivalry games given the conference they are/were in (and unfortuantely will likely continue in the Big East) while still putting up respectable records.
I hope just because we aren't at that point anymore (in a good way) that we just don't want to play them for that reason. SMU is now starting to be a tough out year-in and year-out in getting a win. Sure I'd like to pummel them every year, I'd like to pummel everybody on schedule, but I'm glad they are finally competitive on a consistent basis now.
I don't think any less of Whittingham not wanting to play BYU anymore, but I'm all for rivalry games. It'd be unfortunate if those two schools stopped playing each other, and it'd be unfortuante if TCU/SMU stopped playing each other consistently.
In addition, while I personally don't care about perception or what others think, I can guarantee you if TCU stops playing SMU often while we are good and SMU is finally coming around, there will be plenty of chicken/coward talk, fair or not.