They say everything is bigger in the lovely state of Texas.
Apparently in 2014, a sad time where style points and glamour add pizzazz to a college football team’s résumé, the records and fan bases among a few Texas squads did not impress the committee, leaving the Lone Star State in udder befuddlement.
Texas Christian University
The Horned Frogs journey is quite the head scratcher. A head coach in Gary Patterson, a stout defense, and a dynamic offense factored into a foundation that resulted in one of TCU’s greatest seasons.
Heading into the final week at 10-1, the then-No. 3 Horned Frogs desperately desired a blowout victory against conference rival Iowa State to top off the season, with only a single mere loss to the hands of Baylor.
A win, yes, and an immense statement, beating the cyclones 55-3, but what followed the next day would leave the city of Fort Worth in nothing short of a frenzy.
An Ohio State shellacking of Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship flipped the sport of football to a competitive game of leap frog, with the Buckeyes jumping into to the top four, knocking Patterson’s Horned Frogs out.
Great, a New Year’s Bowl. One in which we won’t be playing for a National Championship. Hooray.
Two key points to benefit the Horned Frogs, however: wiping the floor with Ole Miss–exposing their defense and composing their own fireworks–proved they possessed the talent to compete.
And just imagine if Ohio State had not hoisted the trophy on January 12th.
The endless rants from TCU’s fan base about the committee snubbing their beloved Horned Frogs would have draped social media until, well, 2015.
The Bears of Baylor also felt a sense of robbery in 2014, another 11-1 team that failed to make the playoffs.
Like the Frogs, the Bears held a 10-1 record with one contest remaining, with most fans believing a win over a ranked Kansas State team would catapult the green and gold into the top four.
If Baylor fans received news that TCU failed to grab a bid, they must have erupted into cheers, believing the Big 12 rep would be their Bears.
Instead, the Big 12 polished the season off with nothing.
No Big 12 champion, no representative in the playoff, nothing.
It would be utterly disrespectful to leave out the runt of the Texas litter in the Bobcats of Texas State.
A season concluding with seven wins, the Bobcats failed to even see a BOWL GAME.
Listen, I understand it’s the Sun Belt, and these non-BCS conferences don’t deserve much. But but how much can you ask for a team, especially a talented squad that is clearly on the incline?
I mentioned big wins, close losses, etc., and all these “secondary factors” that play into the committee’s judgement.
Texas State had wins against Tulsa, Arkansas State, UL-Monroe, and Georgia Southern along with a seven-point loss to Illinois and a four-point loss to South Alabama but not a single bid for the Bobcats.
With the demand of Kleenex rising in Texas to wipe the tears of fans, maybe, um, do better next year?
Hell, even I shudder at the thought of asking for more.