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Friday Links O' War: December 5, 2014

TCU basketball improved to 8-0 last night.


TCU-Baylor debate: Who most deserves Big 12's playoff spot? | FOX Sports

A purple billboard on University Avenue a couple of blocks north of TCU’s campus serves as an ironic monument to the thorniest debate of the 2014 college football season. Below an enormous version of the Big 12’s familiar logo read the words: “Big 12 Conference” and “One True Champion.”

For Fort Worth and TCU, only one title in mind | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Frogs, ranked No. 4 in college football polls and No. 3 by the committee planning a national playoff, will be playing for one goal above all: to win their first Big 12 Conference championship.

Gotta hand it to this Horned Frog | Fort Worth Star Telegram

At 54, the former TCU cheerleader who launched the “Horned Frog” hand sign now shows it very carefully.

Briles suggest 'American way' would have Baylor ahead of TCU | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Baylor coach Art Briles suggested Thursday that having No. 6 Baylor (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) trailing No. 3 TCU (10-1, 7-1) in pursuit of a berth in the College Football Playoff goes against “the American way” of doing things, based on the Bears’ 61-58 triumph in the schools’ head-to-head meeting on Oct. 11.

As TCU-Baylor debate rages, don't forget how schools went from irrelevancy to supremacy | Dallas Morning News

Baylor coach Art Briles took exception to the committee’s notion voiced by chairman Jeff Long that “TCU is better and deserving of that No. 3 rank over Baylor.” In an interview with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, Briles suggested that head-to-head results should matter especially in the U.S. of A.

Budding Baylor-TCU rivalry has never burned hotter | ESPN

Texas Christian University got its name, its football team and its purple and white colors while the school resided in Waco alongside Baylor. Before a 1910 campus fire forced a permanent TCU move to Fort Worth, the Horned Frogs and Bears staged their first game on the gridiron in 1899, which ended in a fierce, 0-0 tie.

TCU's Gary Patterson should be Coach of the Year, but that doesn't guarantee a playoff spot | PennLive

So good luck to the College Football Playoff selection committee. And here's hoping, for your sake, that after this weekend we have exactly four conference champions that are either undefeated or have one loss.

Big XII raises big questions | ESPN

As one arrives on the TCU campus, he is greeted with a billboard just off University Drive. The stylized logo of the Big XII is in unmistakable Horned Frog white and gray and trimmed in Horned Frog purple. Beneath the logo is the conference slogan we've come to know so well: One True Champion.

Patterson, Briles have common ground in midst of rivalry | FOX Sports

For the last month, Art Briles and Gary Patterson have found themselves in the middle of a Lone Star whirlwind that could rival any sandstorm rolling through the dry, dusty western portion of the state.


Horned Frogs Drop Ole Miss Thursday, 66-54 |

A strong second half allowed TCU to move to 8-0 on the season with a 66-54 dismantling of Ole Miss Thursday night in the second annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge at C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum.

Unbeaten TCU defeats Ole Miss 66-54 | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU coach Trent Johnson is not much of a historian, especially when it concerns his unbeaten Horned Frogs, who are off to their best start since 1997-98.