TCU: Does A Perfect Season Matter Anymore?


The TCU Horned Frogs remain undefeated heading into Stillwater to face Oklahoma State, but would another victory matter to the CFP poll?

I thought that the whole point of the College Football Playoff was to finally rid the college football ranks of opinions and polls when determining national champions. That’s clearly not the case in just year two of this modern experiment which will need to be amended much sooner than later.

When I say amended, I should probably use the term expanded.

You know, a playoff bracket that consists of more than just four teams from across a nation as big as the United States?

The TCU Horned Frogs are perfect in 2015, yet this program has dropped slowly but surely since the season began. Apparently, having the best football player in the country driving that perfect record just doesn’t mean much.

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Far too much emphasis is being placed on style points in college football.

Yet again, you can’t exactly say that TCU – or Big 12 rival Baylor – aren’t playing with an awful lot of style this season.

But there’s no point in complaining over the fact that offensive football isn’t getting any respect. It matters not who TCU has played, or who they haven’t. These curiosities are supposed to be answered during – wait for it – the friggin’ College Football Playoff!

The fact that TCU might roll into Stillwater and hammer the Oklahoma State Cowboys again while gaining nothing in some silly poll is ridiculous.

Indeed, the CFP selection committee has some serious issues on it’s hands, and those could end up even more complicated in the coming few weeks.

Yahoo Sports contributor Pat Forde offers some great perspective on what exactly is going down where the CFP poll is concerned. Just looking at this initial offering from a group of men who don’t play football is beyond nauseating. This pretty much reminds me of previous editions of the Top 25 rankings which used to determine the horribly outdated Bowl Championship Series.

See, football is the greatest spectator and team sport, in part, because playoff games are such a huge draw. No other sport you can think of relies solely on somebody’s emotions to determine which teams have the right to play as long as possible. In this respect, the CFP is really no better than the BCS, is it?

TCU Quarterback Trevone Boykin may not actually be the best player in college football, but I think all would agree that he’s certainly in the top four. On a team that’s steamrolled most of their opponents this season, a current of ranking of No.8 is fine, if not rather insulting.

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Again, if the CFP was truly a college football playoff, then ranking wouldn’t matter.

Power ranking for websites are fine, especially when we’re talking about the NFL, NBA or even Major League Baseball. They’ve become trendy offerings that distract people at work and cause arguments during happy hour all over the country.

But in college football, these polls still represent actual law – ridiculous.

Texas high school football has a playoff system figured out.

The NFL obviously has no issues where the postseason is concerned.

Notice how I just skipped an entire level of football?

Yes, I’m aware that Memphis, Iowa, Michigan State and Baylor are all additional undefeated programs that have about the same argument that TCU has. Even Oklahoma State falls into this area of complete injustice as the Cowboys are also perfect, yet they’re nowhere near the actual playoff discussion.

And then there’s the Alabama Crimson Tide, at just 7-1, sitting there at No.4.

Go ahead, TCU head coach Gary Patterson. Light up those Cowboys in Oklahoma on Saturday and enjoy the remaining few games on this season’s schedule. Your legacy is hardly a question in this case.

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The current setup of the CFP, however, is a major question that has yet to alleviate the ills of previous years of college football discontent that it was supposed to. The reality is that the College Football Playoff can work, but not at all like it sits right now.