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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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