The Big 12 champion TCU football team will face No. 9 Ole Miss in the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga.
By noon Sunday, any chance at the Horned Frogs wining a national title was all over.
In the end, the head-to-head thing didn’t matter. Nor, it seems, did all the touchdowns, the Minnesotas, whatever Kirk Herbstreit said, or how much finger-poking was directed at the league commissioner.
The College Football Playoff selection committee left TCU out of the four-team bracket that, for the first time, will decide the national champion through elimination and not a poll.
TCU coach Gary Patterson was gracious in a live interview Sunday afternoon with ESPN after the Horned Frogs were stunningly left out of the first College Football Playoff after being ranked No. 3 the week before.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said the Big 12 believed it did not need a title game to help its champion move into playoff contention.
All that distress and misery the Big 12 carried Sunday may have been avoided if the conference would have listened to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
As it turns out, it wasn’t a case of Baylor or TCU in the collective mind of the College Football Playoff committee after all. It was neither, and the joke’s on both.
The BCS was crummy, everyone seemed to agree. A glitch kept occurring, about every other year, where college football’s regular season would conclude with some one-loss juggernaut or a no-loss team from the Lilliputian Athletic Conference missing out on the title game by the slightest of margins, having to settle for a Rose Bowl berth while two dubiously qualified squads played for a national championship. Fans grumbled about this. A single postseason game, the logic went, was not enough to determine the best team in the country. The system must be changed! everyone seemed to agree.
In the end, the College Football Playoff committee wasn't so much to blame for what happened Sunday as the college football playoff itself. Four teams is not enough to include all the champions of the power conferences.