The Big 12 co-champs, TCU and Baylor, were left out of the College Football Playoffs.
Texans like to think the Lone Star state is the center of the football world. This weekend, the biggest of the college season, it is.
No. 4 TCU earned a share of the conference title and kept its playoff bid alive with a 55-3 victory against lowly Iowa State on Saturday
TCU coach Gary Patterson really had no idea how much of an impact those final 11 minutes at Baylor could have nearly two months later.
The College Football Playoff will determine college football’s first national champion in the new playoff model in January, but the real playoff begins this weekend.
The final weekend in the Big 12 will illustrate both the risk and reward that come with the league’s decision to do away with its title game.
Texas fought hard to get bowl-eligible in coach Charlie Strong’s first season. After a humiliating 48-10 home loss to No. 6 TCU, the Longhorns now have to fight just to avoid a losing season.
Here they are again, chasing a league title but still sitting just outside of a potential berth in the new College Football Playoff heading in to a Thanksgiving night game at Texas.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota looks to be the favorite this season, but Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon also has a decent shot to win the award. Everybody else may be playing for third place.
TCU coach Gary Patterson has the same approach to another Thanksgiving night game at Texas, no matter how different the circumstances.
For the fourth year in a row since the league went to 10 teams and a round-robin schedule, the champion — and very possibly co-champions again — won’t be decided until the first Saturday in December.
The Big 12 title talk and No. 5 TCU’s playoff position won’t mean much if the Longhorns, playing their best football of the season, beat the Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) on Thursday night.