Before the season began, TCU was winless in the Big 12 against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
TCU current record vs. the Big 12 since becoming a conference member:
Iowa State: 1-1
T. Boone State: 1-2
West Virginia: 1-1
Texas Tech: 0-2
Kansas State: 0-2
On Saturday, when Coach Bro's Texas Tech Red Raiders visit Fort Worth, TCU should be down to one such opponent. TCU is favored by 23 points. Considering the circumstances, Gary Patterson should step on Coach Bro's throat and do everything in his power to cover the spread, and then some.
TCU has a shot at the Big 12 title, and the college football final four. There is a committee involved, and when there is a committee that means there is the eye-ball test.
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"Supposedly if you won out ... (TCU) beat Kansas State, at West Virginia and go to Texas and win. On the road at (Kansas)," Patterson said. "I think the quality of the schedule that is left would" make it a possible situation to reach the final four.
In Patterson's mind, it's not about points or margin of victory but who you played, and beat.
"You are looking at the quality of opponent, where you played," Patterson said. "I think the Baylor game being in Waco helped us even in a loss."
Despite the loss in Waco two weeks ago, TCU only dropped to 12th in the polls. The Horned Frogs are in the right spot to make a run at the final four, provided they don't lose. If they keep winning, they will be right on the edge of the top four.
Every team not in the SEC is going to need all the help it can get, so a few blowouts are in order.
Even though the college football playoff will lean heavily on data, when it comes to people they always use the vague and person-specific eyeball tests. As much as voters will insist margin of victory does not sway opinion, blowouts help.
Gary Patterson always likes to say "One point", but when it comes to impressing the playoff selection committee, always go for two.
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