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HCS Big 12 Football Mailbag: TCU’s Quest to the CFP, Goal Post Removal in Lawrence

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Welcome to the HCS Big 12 mailbag. This mailbag is for all you football junkies out there who root for a Big 12 school, who not only have questions about your team but other teams in the conference as well. So, join me, grab a cold brew or your favorite drink and relax as I answer all your Big 12 questions in my mailbag. I want to thank each one of you who submitted a question this week and for tonight’s drink of choice? I am finishing up the last of my Angel’s Envy bourbon. Cheers!

@Schmitty27 asks: Does TCU finish what they started in 2014 and make the playoff this time?

Duke: It’s going to depend on how this season plays out for TCU, but 2014 was a little different. I know TCU had a loss that year, but they should have been in the College Football Playoff because they may have won a title that season. As for this season, they just need to keep on doing what they have been for the next few games. The Horned Frogs are 9-0 and are the only unbeaten team in the Big 12 and are just one of four power five teams who remain undefeated. If TCU can finish the season 13-0 as the Big 12 champion, then they will be in. It’s as simple as that. However, if they lose a game then that is where things start to get a little dicey because I don’t think the committee is going to respect a one-loss Big 12 champion not named Texas or Oklahoma.


@DwainR11 asks: Who will meet TCU in the Big 12 championship game?

Duke: TCU isn’t in just yet with three games left on their schedule, but they can clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game if they beat Texas this weekend. Even if they don’t win this weekend, they still can find their way to Arlington and TCU is still my top team in the conference. If I had to pick their opponent, I would probably go with Baylor. The Bears are playing good football right now and I love their offense with Blake Shapen at quarterback and their rushing attack of Richard Reese and Craig Williams. I still have some concerns with their defense, but they are the second-best team in my eyes. Of course, Texas is in that mix as well and could make a big statement this Saturday in Austin.


@mat_with2ts_ asks: Will Iowa State make a bowl game?

Duke: I get this question every single week and I feel like I have had to change my answer every time I get asked. The win over West Virginia was a big step in the right direction as they move to 4-5 on the year. Iowa State has three games left against Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and TCU. With the way Oklahoma State looks right now, I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Iowa State pull that one off in Stillwater. The same can be said for Texas Tech which will be a home game for the Cyclones. A few weeks ago, I would have said the Cyclones have no business winning either one of these games but with the way things look now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Iowa State win two in a row to get to six wins. By far, the TCU game is the toughest one left on the schedule so their best chance is to win the next two which by the way, will happen.

@CtownCyclone asks: Why do so many schools have goalposts that come down so easily? Is Iowa State the only school that has invested in goalposts that don’t come down after big wins?

Duke: I will be completely honest with you; I have no clue what kind of goalposts these schools have. And if you are referring to what happened in Lawrence, Kansas last Saturday, I thought it was completely appropriate to tear those goalposts down. That program hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2008 and has been the butt of all jokes in this conference and this mailbag. Those fans deserved to take the goalposts down and do whatever the hell they want with them. I agree that goalposts shouldn’t be torn down all the time but for monumental wins like that, I am all for it.


@DwainR11 asks: What did you drink when your Astros won the World Series?

Duke: If you follow me on Twitter, you know that baseball is my second favorite sport behind college football. I enjoy college baseball and Major League Baseball where I cheer on my Houston Astros. As a Houston sports fan, the Astros are all I have because the Texans are a complete joke of a franchise and will be for the foreseeable future. I have been through multiple 100-loss seasons with the Astros, and it is pretty cool to see them win another title that didn’t require us using trash cans. Honestly, I didn’t drink anything special. I had a beer or three during the game (while also watching the Texas/Kansas State game) and when the football game was over, all my attention was on the World Series. When they won, I was excited and cracked beer number four which was a craft brew from Houston.

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