Coming off a bye week, #5 TCU was ready to get back on the football field. The last time TCU played was against the University of Kansas, the 3-8 Jayhawks. Although TCU was banged up from a marathon schedule, it was supposed to be an easy game for TCU; a game they should have dominated. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
Instead of steamrolling Kansas like many expected TCU to do, the Frogs walked out of Lawrence with a 4 point win. In most other sports a win wouldn’t hurt, but in college football it can. The College Football Committee (CFB) dropped TCU from one of the four coveted playoff spots. Even with a win against KU, TCU was back on the outside looking in.
Heading into this week’s game against the University of Texas, TCU knew this was going to be their last real chance to impress the committee. This game could either erase their performance against the lowly Jayhawks or it could end their dream season. TCU had to beat Texas and they had to beat Texas convincingly to make a statement.
Many had TCU on the upset list with them playing on the road in Austin on Thanksgiving. Going against a Texas team that had won three in a row, TCU was supposed to lose this trap game. However, all were reminded how good this TCU team is as they immediately gained control of the game. From the beginning, there was never a doubt which team would come away with the victory.
TCU’s defense demonstrated the balance of the team and accented the point of why TCU should be in the playoffs. TCU limited Texas offensively, and forced the inexperienced Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes to turnover the ball five times. While much of the credit for this game should go to the defense, TCU’s offense put a Horned Frog brand on the Longhorns. After a slow start, TCU made halftime adjustments, quarterback Trevone Boykin added to his acrobatics into the end zone, along with wide receiver Josh Doctson’s ladder climbing catches. The offense started clicking with the defense as Trevone Boykin did what he had to do to lead the team.
The question remains is the win over Strong and his Longhorns strong enough to put TCU back into the top 4? Does the committee forgive them for their close win in Lawrence with this big win in Austin? The answers to these questions will be revealed on Tuesday when the selection committee shows the new rankings.
With conference championships left to play, there is still a lot of football left. Mississippi State’s loss bodes well for TCU given its strong performance against UT; especially when considering Baylor’s tight win against Texas Tech (who TCU scored 82 points on). Garry Patterson prides himself on staying focused on playing the game at hand and knowing his team can only control their field of play.
With a 48-10 victory over a bowl bound and much improved UT team, TCU did what it needed to do. Getting the win with style points is mission accomplished for TCU. This win in Austin should really remind the committee how good the Frogs are.
TCU will look to move to 11-1 with its next home game against Iowa State. One more game away from completing its playoff resume, and with 3 wins vs. top 25 teams, few resumes are looking as strong as the Frogs.