On Monday night, TCU coach Gary Patterson and his players had to watch Ohio State and Oregon play in their backyard in the first College Football Playoff Championship presented by AT&T.
Let's take a look at where teams stand heading into what looks to be a wide open 2015 season.
TCU did not get into the first College Football Playoff, and that's looking like more of a mistake, as the Horned Frogs pummeled Ole Miss, 42-3, and Florida State lost to Oregon by 40. But this game is being played in Arlington, 15 miles from TCU's hometown of Fort Worth, so some Horned Frogs fans are hoping to sneak into -- the next (nonexistent) round.
Ohio State finishes the year atop the AP poll after beating Oregon 42-20 in for the national title Monday night and TCU, which demolished Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl, jumps up to No. 3 from No. 6 in the pre-bowl poll.
Ohio State's an obvious pick for the top spot after defeating Oregon 42-20 to claim the national championship. Oregon, meanwhile, slides to No. 3 after its second loss of the season. Smack in the middle is TCU, which finished 12-1 after rolling past Mississippi in the Peach Bowl.
Sure, if you believe Urban Meyer has crafted a program that is ready to dominate. It looks that way for Ohio State, not only the Big Ten, but nationally. Sixteen starters return from Monday night's team that trounced Oregon.
If he were an elementary school teacher, TCU coach Trent Johnson might well order his team to write on the blackboard 100 times “box out, rebound and make free throws.”