Baylor-TCU Argument Rages OnAdded - Nov. 15, 2014 - Comments
Perhaps the most exciting game of the college football season took place on October 11, as a couple of teams from the Big 12 who play wide-open football got together. The TCU Horned Frogs, who were at the time rated #9 in the Associated Press poll, met up with the Baylor Bears, who were ranked #5. To say that this game was as good as advertised would be an understatement.
People expected a lot of scoring, and they got exactly that, as Baylor, which fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, rallied back to take a 31-27 halftime lead. But TCU once again took the initiative, and had a three-touchdown lead (58-37) with 11 minutes remaining. At that juncture, Baylor came on like a freight train, scoring three TDs, two of which came on drives of more than 90 yards, and then kicked a field goal in the final minute to come away with a seemingly miraculous 61-58 victory. Bryce Petty threw for 510 yards and six touchdowns. And it looked as if Baylor could be on their way to cementing a spot eventually in the four-team college football playoff.
The problem is that they turned around the next week and lost to West Virginia, while TCU has not only remained unbeaten the rest of the way, but has done its best to run up scores as much as possible. For example, they put 82 points on the board against Texas Tech. Last week they were not going to stop scoring against Texas, and came away with a 48-10 win that undoubtedly impressed the people working with the selection committee for the playoff. Of course, TCU also had very close calls against West Virginia and Kansas, but in the analysis up to this point, those were not considered strongly, and as a result, the Frogs are ranked third, ahead of Florida State, the defending national champion and only unbeaten team in the country.
But all of this has brought up questions as to how to go about ranking teams. When all other things are about equal, shouldn't the team that won the head-to-head matchup be ranked higher? That is an argument Baylor is making for itself, and we must say that the vast majority of college football fans, not to mention NCAA football bettors, are probably in agreement with them. But what this adds up to is that it may not be good enough for Baylor to simply win its season finale against Kansas State on Saturday night; they may have to win by a wide margin, considering that TCU blew out the Wildcats 41-20 just a few weeks ago. We know that Baylor has enough capability on offense, although Kansas State, the 7.5-point underdog and ninth-ranked team in the nation, may have a lot to say about that. But when all is said and done, the controversy – and an angry one at that – will continue.