Just think about it. We, as Frog fans, are disappointed to get the top non-NY6 bowl bid for a Power 5 conference. My, how times have changed.
Despite their Big 12 championship loss on Saturday, this team accomplished more than many predicted and bounced back from a disappointing 6-7 season to reach the Big 12 championship game and win ten games for the third time in past four years.
When reflecting on the loss to OU and whether it was “enough to play for a Big 12 championship”, quarterback Kenny Hill said, “Obviously we wanted to win the game and it just didn’t turn out that way this year. I mean, like — yeah, you want to win this game, you want to have your name up there to go into the playoff, but we just — on offense we didn’t come out and execute like we needed to second half. That’s just …”
And just like that, the senior quarterback was cut off by his head coach, as Patterson jumped in, adding, “I can answer that for you. Yes, it is. Anytime you can win a championship, there is only going to be until we go to eight [college football playoff teams], it’s only going to be four teams. Get to this point to play for a championship, to get to this point, I mean — like I told them, our kids didn’t have any reason to be down. We’re disappointed that we didn’t win. As a program, that’s what we built and we’re not going to take a backseat to anybody.”
$60 million in upgraded should soothe the wounds of Frog fans, and help build excitement for a bowl game that is one of our greatest memories.
“We’re very excited and appreciative to be returning to San Antonio for the Valero Alamo Bowl,” Gary Patterson said in a statement. “(Valero Alamo Bowl President/CEO) Derrick Fox and his staff do a great job with hospitality. Being in San Antonio is also a positive for us in recruiting and our fans being able to make the trip. Stanford is an outstanding football team and will be a great challenge. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to win our 11th game, sending our seniors out on a high note and building momentum for our off-season program and next year.”
For a conference that sent 80% of their teams to the postseason, they sure aren’t getting much respect.
Oklahoma was the only Big 12 team to earn a New Year’s Six bowl invite. Runner-up TCU, ranked 15th, is Alamo Bowl-bound against No. 13 Stanford, the Pac-12 runner-up, giving the Dec. 28 San Antonio game the top matchup outside the major bowls.
The Big Ten pocketed three New Year’s Six bids, with No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami in the Orange Bowl and No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 11 Washington in the Fiesta.
Eight Big 12 teams are going bowling, including Texas to the Dec. 27 Academy Outdoors Texas Bowl against former conference rival Missouri.
Yeah, this is just dumb.
“When you look at a Stanford team that finished No. 13 in the rankings, the quality win over Notre Dame is something that stood out,” playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said. “They also had an impressive win over Washington on their resume. … It was that loss to Iowa State that knocked them down.”
Of course, both of those facts were true in the previous rankings. The committee still ranked TCU ahead of Stanford then.
“I think we had the total body of work,” Hocutt clarified. “It was more about how Stanford made an impression down the stretch that gave them the final ranking.”
The Cardinal have 4 losses this season, including 2 to USC. The signature wins were over Washington and Notre Dame, but Stanford also lost to Washington State and San Diego State. Two of TCU’s 3 losses came to Oklahoma, a team the committee rated No. 2 in the nation.
Stanford was not the only team that jumped TCU. Notre Dame and Washington also jumped the Horned Frogs after not playing a game on Saturday.
This is such a fun matchup, though.
“One thing I’ll say about this team is they’re resilient,” head coach David Shaw said on an Alamo Bowl conference call Sunday. “To end up three points down and really a yard short (in the Pac-12 title game) says a lot about our toughness.”
It will be the Cardinal’s second bowl trip to Texas in two years. They beat North Carolina 25-23 last year in the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Stanford has won its past three bowl games. The school will pick up more than $3 million as the Alamo Bowl payout.
The Horned Frogs, under head coach Gary Patterson, slipped four spots — from 11th to 15th — in the College Football Playoff committee’s ranking after being routed by Oklahoma 41-17 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday. It was their second one-sided loss to the Sooners in three weeks.