TCU on the outside looking in
The Horned Frogs of TCU take on the Baylor Bears this week knowing that a victory over the visitors will send TCU to the Big 12 Conference Championship game against Oklahoma.
That's the easiest potential scenario with the Sooners in the title game regardless of what anyone else does.
Should however the Horned Frogs lose then it opens up a number of scenarios depending on how many other teams in the Conference finish with a 6-3 record.
TCU has two losses on the year to Iowa State and Oklahoma. The 38-20 defeat to the Sooners in Norman was not as close as the final score line might suggest as Oklahoma jumped out to a 38-14 half time lead before turning the game over to their defence.
The Horned Frogs had five possessions in the second half and their drives were six plays or less on four of the five.
Even if TCU pulled the surprise and won out it would take a series of unexpected events for Gary Patterson's side to be realistically considered for the College Football Playoff.
When the Frogs and the Bears meet at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on Friday the Sooners will no doubt be watching before taking the field on Saturday at the Memorial Stadium to welcome in the Mountaineers of West Virginia.
Despite a single loss, also to the Cyclones, the Sooners can ill afford to lose with Alabama, Miami, Clemson, Wisconsin, Auburn, Georgia and Ohio State all in the mix for the four playoff places.
TCU are 101.00 to win the NCAAF Championship this season. Clemson are 3.25 while Alabama are 2.80.
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