Why TCU should not play in the BCS title game

As always, we love dissent in the sports world. Here is one of our contributor’s thoughts on TCU

written by Tyler Merritt

It appears after a win over Utah and an Alabama loss at LSU, the team in waiting for a BCS title shot is clearly TCU. It appears the media has accepted TCU as a serious title contender now that Alabama has two losses. But why?

Let’s step back for a minute…tap the brakes on this TCU bandwagon and look at some facts. The facts are in the schedule. I know, same ol’ same ol’ argument. I myself got tired of it. So let’s take a different approach. We’ll evaluate the teams that are their “key wins” for what they are by looking at the numbers. Their top four wins are Oregon State, Baylor, Air Force, and most notably Utah. I’ll start from the beginning:

Oregon St: For starters, their 4-4. They don’t even have a winning record. Out of those four wins, one was over Louisville by seven and another over ASU (4-5) by three. This would be comparative to LSU beating Mississippi State. You wouldn’t even look at the final because you know they’ll win.

Oregon States national rankings in Points for and Points Against are: 59th and 65th respectively.
They just flat out are NOT IMPRESSIVE.

Baylor: Who is this Baylor team? I’ll admit this Baylor isn’t the same Baylor that has been getting curb stopped for years by everyone in the Big 12. They’ve got a very talented dual-threat quarterback in Robert Griffin who can cause a headache for a lot of teams. Baylor also boasts an impressive 7-3 record which includes wins over ONE…ONE team with a winning record (Kansas State). Put the “bear paws” back down Baylor, you’re still Baylor.

Air Force: STOP… just STOP. If you thought Air force’s ranking earlier this season was legit, then I guess you still think OJ’s innocent, that Mike Vick loves dogs, and the Cowboys still got a shot at the playoffs. They’re 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the coveted MWC. That’s enough about that.

Which leads me to Utah; TCU’s eye opening blowout victory on the road against the #5 team in the country. This is my favorite part!

UTAH: The Ute’s had walked their way through the season up until they met TCU. They opened with an OT victory over Pitt (whose most notable victory is Syracuse), and then followed by stomping the teams who followed. These teams were:
UNLV (1-8): 115th points for 115th points against
New Mexico (1-8): 114th points for 118th points against
San Jose State (1-8): 120th points for 102nd points against
Iowa State (5-5): 79th points for 85th points against
Wyoming (2-8): 113th points for 97th points against
Colorado State (3-7): 107th points for 98th points against
Air Force (6-4): See Above for thoughts

TCU has had years of chances to schedule strong out of conference opponents, and have been too cowardly to do so. They continually refuse to play top opponents and then at the end of the season hold their hands out like the hobo sitting at your local intersection. Not willing to work for it, but hoping you will give them a chance. So please, spare me the tears when America doesn’t care to put their two cents in your cup.

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5 Responses to Why TCU should not play in the BCS title game

  1. Aaron says:

    The problem with the whole “they-refuse-to-play-anyone-good” argument is that it’s simply wrong. It is all of those big name teams that refuse to play them (same goes for Boise). It’s a lose-lose situation for them. If they win, they should have as they are the big name team. Nothing gained. If they lose, their season is likely shot and they have lost credibility as they lost to a non AQ conference team. So to all of the Alabamas, Oklahomas, and Ohio States of D1 football, go play the supposed minnows and see how that turns out. I believe Utah owns a BCS victory over Alabama. An impressive and dominant one at that. Boise also has a BCS victory over a Oklahoma. Until the big boys stop scheduling the school of the blind for homecoming and play these allegedly inferior teams, I hope they keep doing their thing. They have played by the rules and beat the BCS at its own game. All I’m going to say is, 16 team playoff. Screw the BCS.

    • I like your take. The one thing that scares the big schools from playing teams like TCU, Boise, etc. is that the “big schools” do not want to make the return trip to play at the non-AQ school. Rarely will you see a big time program play at Boise St. or TCU. Oregon did play at Boise St. last season and Texas A&M has played at Utah. Thanks for commenting and keep reading!

  2. Tyler Merritt says:

    I agree that does take place. Its completely true that if they beat these teams, everyone will just say they should have anyways. But I dont entirely agree with these big time schools scheduling the blind and deaf. You noted OU as one. Looking at OU in the past 3 seasons they have played:
    ’08 – Cincy and TCU
    ’09- BYU and Miami
    ’10- FSU
    I also remember UT and OSU doing a home and away. Just this year Alabama played Penn State.
    They do play big time games out of their already tough conference schedule, but I agree some of the big schools dodge the situation.
    Great point though, thanks for the comments!

  3. tbooth87 says:

    I don’t know if TCU is that good, or if Utah is that bad. Doesn’t TCU have the no.1 ranked defense in the country or something? I don’t know whether that statement holds water or not because…dun dun dun! The strength of schedule argument.

  4. Tyler Merritt says:

    Ya I think they have the #1 scoring Defense and the #8 scoring Offense (Dont hold me to that). The problem that I have with everyone wanting to give them a chance is that any team can get up to play one big game. Try playing a season where half your games are against ranked opponents. You have to be up every week.
    I dont even consider any bowl game to be a standard of what team is better in any bowl game aside the MNC. There is just far too many things that go into these games that virtually mean nothing to the players and schools in some cases.

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