Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Taking a closer look at the TCU - Baylor argument

The talk of the sports nation is the latest College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday.  In the rankings we saw that TCU climbed to #3 thanks to their dominating win in Austin over Texas.  Meanwhile, Florida State remained unbeaten after slipping past another average opponent.  They fell to #4 as a result.  I can understand the head scratching that has resulted from putting TCU over Florida State.  What I can't understand is the TCU - Baylor debate.  Baylor currently sits at #6 in the latest rankings. Shall we compare the TCU and Baylor resumes?

Conference -
Both teams have a single loss in Big 12 play.
TCU - a last second loss at #6 where a phantom pass interference call led to the final field goal.
Baylor - a 14 point loss at a team with 5 losses on the season
Clearly advantage TCU

Non Conference -
TCU - cupcake, cupcake, a blowout win over Minnesota who has been ranked top 30 for the past two months
Baylor - cupcake, cupcake, cupcake
Clearly advantage TCU

Wildcard -
TCU has 5 wins against teams over .500
Baylor has only beaten 2 teams with a winning record all year
Clearly advantage TCU

So it looks pretty obvious if you take a step back and actually look at the entire season.  Can Baylor help themselves with a win over Kansas State this weekend?  Most definitely.  Will it be enough to lift them to a playoff position?  We shall see.  Will it be enough to lift the over TCU. Doubtful at best.


Anonymous said...

Agreed. If you take th personal feelings out of the equation it looks pretty straight forward.

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