The TCU Horned Frogs were the big loser when the College Football Playoff teams were announced on Sunday.
Last week, the committee had moved TCU up to the third spot in the playoff rankings, ahead of even the unbeaten and defending national champion Florida State Seminoles. TCU appeared to be sitting pretty heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
TCU did what it could on Saturday, pounding the Iowa State Cyclones 55-3 in a game that could have been much worse. TCU head coach Gary Patterson appeared confident that his team had earned a playoff bid with their performance on the field on Saturday.
What happened on Saturday night ultimately cost TCU in the final standings. When the Ohio State Buckeyes not only beat, but dismantled the Wisconsin Badgers, it showed that the Buckeyes were one of the nation’s four best teams, even with their third-string quarterback. That single performance was enough, in the eyes of the committee, to place Ohio State in the number four spot.
The one thing that didn’t make sense on Sunday was that the committee moved the Baylor Bears ahead of TCU, after the Horned Frogs had been ahead of the Bears for most of the season. Why, then, was Baylor not ranked ahead of TCU all season. After all, the Bears beat the Horned Frogs on the field during the season, and most experts had questioned TCU being ahead of Baylor all season due to that fact.
This is a new era of college football and the first effort of the committee has left many scratching their heads. And on Sunday, the folks in Fort Worth are probably wondering what happened to their team.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.