Before the week 16 games, TCU was ranked #3 by the Playoff Selection Committee, in front of Florida State, Ohio State, and Baylor. TCU dismantled an inferior Iowa State 55-3, cementing an impressive season where they ranked second in points for and 16th in points against. Then, following the games, the College Football Playoff news was announced, and TCU was bumped down to #6. Ohio State moved to #4 and gained the final spot in the playoffs just ahead of #5 Baylor. Unsurprisingly, this change led to plenty of anger from the Big 12 programs, as the whole conference felt snubbed as a result.
In the minds of the Horned Frogs, they did everything they needed to in order to get a playoff bid. The team beat everyone it should have, not slipping up against an inferior team like Baylor (vs. West Virginia) or Ohio State (vs. Virginia Tech). Their only loss was a hard-fought 3-point defeat at the hands of Baylor, an equally matched opponent. TCU never really had a bad game, and they surely thought that they deserved to hold onto a playoff spot after winning their game so convincingly while being ranked third.
Baylor’s case is just as strong, if not stronger, than TCU’s. The Bears defeated TCU head-to-head, a fact that was clearly taken into account when other programs gained/lost consideration with the Selection Committee. Baylor also won every game convincingly aside from their slip-up against West Virginia, and they didn’t lose a game to a ranked opponent while scoring more than any other team in college football. The fact that Baylor jumped ahead of TCU only in the final Playoff rankings adds even more to the confusion as to why they weren’t ahead in the first place.
When people heard this College Football Playoff news, there was some confusion and even outrage. Nevertheless, the Selection Committee has spoken, and Ohio State will be playing for the Championship. Now TCU and Baylor will be focusing on looking their best in the Peach and Cotton Bowls, respectively, in order to prove to the nation that they deserve to be ranked among the best.
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