LAWRENCE, Kan. — Gary Patterson insisted TCU wasn’t after any style points from the college football playoff selection committee on Saturday. All the Horned Frogs wanted was a win.
They got that. They didn’t get much else.
After spending most of a frigid afternoon trailing Kansas, TCU needed a spirited second-half comeback to squeeze out a 34-30 victory. And while it kept them in contention for the four-team playoff, it may have knocked them out for now.
The new rankings will be released Tuesday night.
“I can’t control any of that,” said Patterson, whose team only has Texas and Iowa State left on the schedule. “The best thing for us is to win out, be 11-1, be [Big 12] co-champion, and then we’ll let the chips fall where they do. There’s still a lot of football left to play.”
The remaining schedule is both good and bad — good in that the Horned Frogs face two teams they’ll be favored to beat, bad in that it doesn’t give them another shot at a marquee win.
— Gary Patterson
That’s why nobody could blame the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) for piling up those style points. After all, a blowout win against a team such as Kansas tends to look a whole lot more impressive than scuffling to a lackluster victory.
“We have no control on what the playoff committee has to say,” TCU wide receiver Ty Slanina said. “I think their decision is going to come out right.”
Already, its decisions have generated some controversy. The Horned Frogs were fourth in the committee’s rankings a week ago, three spots ahead of Baylor, the only team to beat them.
Baylor was off this week, but still has games remaining against Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and No. 13 Kansas State. The game against the Wildcats to cap the season could loom large, too, given that both are part of a three-way logjam with TCU atop the league standings.
It’s a tougher remaining schedule than the Horned Frogs, offering more chances to impress.
“I’m not worried about it all,” TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin said. “Our main goal is to win a Big 12 championship. This is the first year of the playoffs and if we get in, that’s great, and if we don’t, it’s not really up to us, it’s up to the committee, and there is nothing that we can really control. The only thing we can control is winning games.”
The Horned Frogs at least did that on Saturday.
“If we are going to be the No. 4-ranked team, then we need to play like it,” Slanina said. “We are just going to have to continue to put points on the board and play our type of football. I think we played a great game and we won and that is all that matters. We can play UT [Texas] and show we are one of the top teams in the country there.”