TCU entered the weekend ranked sixth in the Playoff Top 25, neck-and-neck with Alabama, according to Playoff selection committee chairman Jeff Long. Barring a major leap from Arizona State, which was ninth before beating Notre Dame on Saturday, TCU should find itself in no worse than fifth come the release of the newest rankings on Tuesday night. If so, the Frogs' rise is justified by their nine-game résumé: TCU has wins against Minnesota, Oklahoma, West Virginia and the Wildcats; the single loss came to Baylor.
The matchup between No. 6 TCU and No. 7 Kansas State was arguably the biggest game on a day loaded with big games. There were huge playoff implications, and the Horned Frogs made an emphatic statement en route to a 41-20 smashing of the Wildcats.
The once-Heisman hopeful quarterback, his chances for college football’s top individual trophy dampened by a subpar performance a week ago, soared like a rocket into the end zone, flipped, got hit and landed on his back for six points, a signature play in what could be a signature season for TCU.
The pass-happy Frogs can run, too. They can run when their leading rusher is nursing an injury and the opponent had made its reputation by stonewalling ground games.
Trevone Boykin’s leap of faith and safe landing on a 19-yard touchdown run Saturday night firmly established his place among Heisman Trophy candidates. The TCU quarterback added a signature play in the minds of voters to the victories and the stats he has been piling up since September.
With its leading rusher and No. 2 receiver out with injuries, TCU spread the ball around to several targets in racking up 553 yards.
Trevone Boykin did an acrobatic flip on the second of his three touchdown runs and threw for 219 yards and another score for No. 6 TCU in a 41-20 victory over No. 9 Kansas State on Saturday night that had huge Big 12 and playoff implications.
Roll Toad, indeed. That's what a sign in the TCU stands read Saturday night, an appropriate saying college football should probably get on board with, given what the No. 6 Horned Frogs did, rolling to a 40-21 win over No. 7 Kansas State in front of 48,012.
Baylor and TCU continue to be the Big 12's highest ranked teams. They continue to have identical records. They both posted a blowout wins over ranked conference opponents on Saturday. If you're looking for a fairly easy tiebreaker consider that Baylor beat TCU three weeks ago.
TCU has defeated four ranked teams this season, but it still might not be enough to push the Horned Frogs into the coveted top four.
It’s hard to imagine any quarterback from that class — minus Oregon’s Marcus Mariota — being rated ahead of Boykin now. But in that class, Boykin was the 24th-best dual-threat QB.
Gary Patterson said not long after winning the Rose Bowl that he could spend the rest of his life "chasing that moment." The chase may not take as long as the rest of his life.
TCU’s victory, combined with No. 12 Baylor’s 48-14 rout of No. 15 Oklahoma, means the Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) and Bears (8-1, 5-1) will be racing to the finish line from the inside lane in efforts to claim the league title and earn a berth in the College Football Playoff.
TCU may have positioned itself for a College Football Playoff run after winning its toughest remaining game of the season Saturday, convincingly beating Kansas State at home to move to 8-1.
TCU’s starting defensive front included three players from West Monroe, La., High School: tackle Chucky Hunter and ends Terrell Lathan and James McFarland. It was Lathan’s first start of the season, and he had an encroachment penalty on Kansas State’s first possession.
he Heisman Trophy noise surrounding Trevone Boykin had subsided into a faint whimper against West Virginia, but his performance against Kansas State should bring the Boykin for Heisman crowd back to life.