ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer said Monday on the network's "College Football Live" that Stanford or Wisconsin are "two one-loss teams much more deserving" than undefeated TCU of playing in the BCS national title game should Oregon or Auburn lose Saturday.
Palmer doesn't believe TCU "has done enough" to merit playing in the title game as a non-automatic qualifier.
"I do not think TCU should be next up," he said. "If TCU is given the opportunity" to play in the BCS title game "then we've set the standard for what a non-AQ school has to accomplish," Palmer said, and he clearly doesn't believe TCU has met the standard.
He cited TCU's best win over a team from a BCS automatic qualifying conference as its 30-21 victory over Oregon State, which is 5-6 going into Saturday's game against Oregon. Stanford defeated Oregon State 38-0 on Saturday.
Palmer said TCU "looked beatable" in victories over non-AQ schools SMU and San Diego State.
ESPN analyst Desmond Howard was up first on the show and believed TCU should play in the title game if the top two stumble. "They earned it, they deserve it," he said. "TCU is one of the more complete teams i've seen, no matter what conference they're in ... You talk about the eye test, this team passes the eye test."