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Relax, TCU and Baylor fans, CFP rankings just a TV show | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Thank you, Gil, for helping lower my rage level.

It’s a TV show, people.

Relax. Enjoy the trips to Stillwater and Norman.

Don’t waste another minute playing your Zapruder film of Jeff Long’s latest interview, searching for disingenuous statements and contradictions. Committee chairman Long specializes in them.

It’s a TV show. A six-week soap opera, of sorts.

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Trevone Boykin's coolness in the clutch is critical for TCU | ESPN

He'll need to maintain that level of coolness over the next four weeks.

The Heisman Trophy candidate has been the Big 12’s best player this season, but it has been his play in clutch moments that really separates TCU’s star quarterback from the pack and could carry the Horned Frogs to a Big 12 title. Though other players shrink in those clutch moments, Boykin excels.

TCU kicks off judgement month against Oklahoma State | Examiner

It all starts with a trip up to Stillwater.

“(TCU senior quarterback Trevone Boykin) creates a lot of issues,” defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “It doesn't take long on film to see that he can throw, he can elude the rush, he's got an unbelievable release and he's a tremendous running back with the ball in his hand. He's got great vision. They do a great job of game planning for him and creating plays for him. Even when it's not there, he'll create something for himself. I don't think he gets tackled much, he just runs out of field. I don't have the answer on how to slow him down yet, and who knows if we'll have it on Saturday? We're going to do some things to hopefully slow him down a little bit, but guys like him have great games and we just have to make timely stops throughout the night and affect him."

In rerun, TCU, Baylor omitted from CFP top four | Fort Worth Star Telegram

There's still time, and quality opponents ahead, to prove who TCU is.

But there was Jeff Long, chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, delivering the same message Tuesday night on ESPN that he delivered after the last round of CFP deliberations 11 months ago.

The message now, as it was then: The top two college football teams in Texas — TCU and Baylor — are not worthy of being in our four-team playoff bracket because ... well, because we say so.

First College Football Playoff Rankings highlight subjectivity | ESPN

Go, Heather, Go.

Undefeated TCU and Baylor clearly have no problem scoring points, but the defenses they have faced could also be called into question. The first ranking was a reminder of just how ambiguous and subjective this fledgling system is -- something that is going to take some getting used to.

TCU's Patterson calls postgame question about Baylor 'no big deal' | Fort Worth Star Telegram

It's a common practice to hit other coaches up for info.

“I ask that question. I call and ask coaches all the time and ask the same question,” Patterson said. “I ask it just because they played them last. I ask that question all the time. I’ve asked that question against every person we’ve played this year, except for the first couple. I get phone calls all the time asking the same question.”

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TCU looks ahead to November challenge in Big 12 | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Win and you're in.

No. 8 TCU, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 6 Baylor are about to stage a round-robin tournament for the conference championship and, ideally, a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Dear Big 12, a sweet November will cure what ails your playoff prospects | ESPN

Take care of business.

Don't let them see you flinch, Big 12. Nod your head and tip your 10-gallon hat to the College Football Playoff selection committee. Let them have their office and their committee meetings in the same state where four of your institutions are located. Make them feel right at home.