Another shake up is in the mix with the inaugural College Football Playoff. Jameis Winston and company at Florida State got no love from the CFP selection committee that decides the official rankings.
Although remaining undefeated and currently holding a 12-0 record, the Seminoles dropped again the polls to the number four spot. Texas Christian University, better known as TCU, literally leapfrogged over Florida State from number five to number three in the rankings.
This season, the case for TCU to make the College Football Playoff is an intriguing one. Their only loss is to Big 12 rival Baylor in a high-scoring fiasco that ended 61-58 in favor of the Bears. Baylor currently finds themselves ranked number six in the newest official rankings, and as you can imagine feels a little cheated that they are ranked below the team that they beat head-to-head.
While TCU had big scares against teams like West Virginia, Kansas, and Oklahoma, their other nine games were not even close. The closest game besides those mentioned above (one-, four-, and three-point differentials respectively) was TCU’s game against Kansas State last month that ended with a final score of 41-20.
Other margins of victory for the Horned Frogs include astronomical numbers like 56-0, 42-9, and 82-27.
Yeah, the football team scored 82 points.
The 82-27 score came against struggling Texas Tech at home. TCU scored so many points in this game that stadium operators at Amon G. Carter Stadium ran out of fireworks from all of the big booms and celebrations that continued touchdown after touchdown throughout the night.
Baylor has a chance to make noise of its own, however, if they are able to pull off a victory against number nine Kansas State over the weekend. A win over the K-State Wildcats would vault the Bears ahead of the Horned Frogs, whether you analyzed their respective strengths of schedule or the head-to-head result (which Baylor has in their favor).
TCU’s game this weekend comes against Iowa State and is a home game for the purple and black. The Cyclones of Iowa State are a lowly 2-9 overall this season, so this shouldn’t even be a close game at all. If TCU is not able to annihilate the Cyclones, and the Bears are able to squeak out a win against Kansas State, expect another shift in the top four rankings.
Because nobody knows leap frog better than the Horned Frogs at TCU.