S-T columnist Randy Galloway suggested that TCU made a huge mistake in its Week 1 win against Oregon State when it elected not to go for another score late in the fourth quarter of a game that was decided.
Teams that need to impress voters, or computers, do sometimes need a few extra touchdowns here or an extra field goal there.
Because "the game" isn't always decided by "the game" in college football, style points matter. It's a fact that TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn't particularly like.
"I tried to get out of this philosophy of people thinking you have to have style points to be a great program. We tried not to be that here," GP said this week. "I don't think they matter as much as they did unless you have a bad game."
It took one week for Boise State to lose votes because its Week 1 opponent, Va Tech, lost at home to I-AA James Madison.
I asked GP if such scenarios caused him to re-think his decision not to add another score against the Beavers.
"No. At the end of the day I have to be able to sleep at night," he said. "If it comes down to me running up the score or score seven more points to win a national championship, if that's what it takes for the people out there ... in some ways that's wrong with society that you'd have to do those kinds of things. A win is a win. In this day and age, as much parity as we have in college football, to get one more point 12 straight games is hard to do."
I like the answer, but unfortunately the voters don't seem to agree. In an AQ world, points matter for the non-AQers.
So even if TCU is in a position to blowout Baylor this weekend - Vegas installed the Frogs' as a 21.5 point favorite - don't expect GP to go for two unless needed.
- Mac Engel