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TCU News: Playoff Path Goes Through Stillwater

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Playoff picture clouded but Big 12 title path runs straight through Stillwater | Fort Worth Star Telegram

They get TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma at home.

At this juncture, the league team with the best chance to crack the four-team playoff mix on Dec. 6 will be the one that performs best in Stillwater, Okla., this month.

That much was set in stone when Oklahoma State knocked off Texas Tech 70-53 in Lubbock to give the Cowboys the smoothest remaining path of any contender to win the Big 12 title. OSU plays its final road game Nov. 14 at Iowa State. But the result of that contest would be irrelevant under league tiebreakers if the Cowboys sweep their home games this month against TCU (Saturday), Baylor (Nov. 21) and No. 14 Oklahoma (Nov. 28).

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National reaction: TCU over Baylor in first CFP poll? | Dallas Morning News

One AP writer has the Frogs in the CFP.

The Associated Press' Ralph D. Russo took a swing at guessing the season's initial CFP poll, plugging TCU (No. 4) in ahead of Baylor (No. 6).

Big 12 Week 9 Power Rankings: TCU back on top | ESPN

Trotter cites Boykin as the reason for the bump to No. 1.

The Horned Frogs jump back to the top spot for one simple reason. The rest of the way, at quarterback, Baylor will be rolling with a true freshman, who, while talented, has yet to take a meaningful snap in his college career. TCU, meanwhile, will be rolling with maybe the best player in the country in Trevone Boykin.

Pretending to be on the CFP committee: 5 things I learned | Fort Worth Star Telegram

This is good to know.

3. Strength of schedule matters. Strength of schedule matters. Strength of schedule matters. Let me say that again: Strength of schedule matters. When you are separating what you believe are the absolute best teams in the country, and they’ve all won their conference, and they all have great players, and big stats, and perfect records, what’s left? That old-fashioned metric: who have you played? It was consistently one of the first questions asked and consistently one of the first stats I found myself looking for. I surprised myself; I figured I’d dive into all this information we had at our fingertips. But SOS is easy to find. And a .559 opponents winning percentage looks a lot better than a .470. That’s just the way it is.

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Get ready, the Big 12 race to get to the CFP is about to get real really quick | Dallas Morning News

Well this is one way to look at it.

Think of it as a series of elimination cage matches leading to Baylor-TCU on Nov. 27 and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State on Nov. 28. Forget the usual ESPN and Fox Sports announcers. The upcoming matchups cry out for someone like Jim Ross, the WWE broadcasting legend and hardcore Oklahoma fan, to bring a WrestleMania vibe.