SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — TCU had done nearly all it could to complete a massive turnaround under first-year coach Sonny Dykes, putting itself in position to secure a spot in the College Football Playoff.
For this college football season, the BCS probably would have been fine.
Two days after the College Football Playoff announced it is expanding to 12 teams, the field of four to determine this season’s national champion included two schools that did not even win their conferences.
No. 2 Michigan (13-0, No. 2 College Football Playoff) vs. No. 3 TCU (12-1, No. 3 CFP), Dec. 31, 4 p.m. EST, ESPN
Georgia, Michigan, TCU and Ohio State were the top four in the final Associated Press college football poll of the regular season.
Alabama is going to get one last look from the College Football Playoff selection committee.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ty Zentner kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime and No. 13 Kansas State beat No. 3 TCU 31-28 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, leaving the Horned Frogs to wait another day to find out if they had already done enough to get into the four-team College Football Playoff.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — TCU quarterback Max Duggan was battered and bloodied, physically exhausted and mentally drained. And still unsure if the third-ranked Horned Frogs had done enough to get into the four-team College Football Playoff.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Deuce Vaughn remembers what Chris Klieman told him when recruiting the running back to Kansas State.
Consider that a promise kept.
“Coach Klieman said we’re going to build a culture that’s going to win championships.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU has been in this position before, third in the College Football Playoff rankings going into its last game before the final four teams are set.
No. 3 TCU (12-0, 9-0 Big 12, No. 3 CFP) vs. No. 13 Kansas State (9-3, 7-2, No. 10 CFP), Saturday, noon EST (ABC) in Arlington, Texas.
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: TCU by 2 1/2.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — It has been quite a comeback for third-ranked TCU, one much bigger than that 18-point deficit the Horned Frogs erased to beat Kansas State six weeks ago.
A year after Sonny Dykes became their coach, the Frogs (12-0, 9-0 Big 12, No.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — TCU quarterback Max Duggan was named the Big 12's offensive player of the year Wednesday by the league's coaches, and Kansas State end Felix Anudike-Uzomah was picked as the top defensive player.
Rarely does a college football season enter the weekend of conference championship games with its playoff picture this clearly in focus.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Chris Klieman received a rather tepid reception from many Kansas State fans when he was hired four years ago.
Many of them pined for someone from Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder's tree, or a coach with a higher profile who had won at college football's highest level.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Without Max Duggan, the fourth-year quarterback who had lost his starting job going into this season, third-ranked TCU might not be undefeated, getting ready for the Big 12 championship game and on the verge of making the College Football Playoff.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Third-ranked TCU has a definite route to the playoff after another regular season-ending rout of Iowa State.
Michigan moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, with TCU at No. 3 and Southern California at No. 4 behind top-ranked Georgia after four top-10 teams lost on the final day of regular-season games.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.J. McCarthy threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, Donovan Edwards busted the game open with two long fourth-quarter TD runs and No. 3 Michigan beat No. 2 Ohio State 45-23 on Saturday, taking down the Buckeyes with stunning ease for the second straight season.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State coach Chris Klieman didn't want to back into the Big 12 title game by having Texas lose to Baylor.
He wanted his Wildcats to earn their spot in Arlington.
So after the Longhorns took care of business a day earlier, the No.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Max Duggan and fourth-ranked TCU can now look forward to the Big 12 championship game since that is next. There is even much more to play for after quite a statement to finish an undefeated regular season
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fourth-ranked TCU and Iowa State are on the opposite ends of the Big 12 standings, like they have been in one-score games all season.
Iowa State (4-7, 1-7 Big 12) at No. 4 TCU (11-0, 8-0, No. 4 CFP), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Fox)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: TCU by 9 1/2.
Things to watch during Week 13 in the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Kansas (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) at No. 15 Kansas State (8-3, 6-2, No. 12 CFP)
LSU moved up to fifth and Southern California was sixth Tuesday night in the College Football Playoff rankings behind Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.
The top four remained the same for the third straight week, but the chasing teams changed order after Tennessee lost to South Carolina last Saturday night.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Change is afoot in the Big 12 — even before Oklahoma and Texas depart for the Southeastern Conference.
Fourth-ranked TCU has replaced the Sooners as the Big 12 team in the running for a College Football Playoff spot.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — There will be some people who look at how fourth-ranked TCU is still undefeated going into the final week of the regular season, and they will question if the Horned Frogs really deserve to be part of the playoff discussion.
College Football Playoff contenders lived on the edge in Week 12, with the top four teams all teetering to varying degrees and at various points. Then No. 5 Tennessee went down with a thud.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Texas standout Bijan Robinson ran through, over and around Kansas for a career-high 243 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday, helping the Longhorns earn a measure of revenge with a frigid 55-14 victory.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Fourth-ranked TCU had players shuffling on and off the field as the final seconds were ticking off the clock. Kicker Griffin Kell was the last one to get into place.
“That looked like chaos, but we practice it every Thursday exactly like that,” Frogs coach Sonny Dykes said.
No. 4 TCU (10-0, 7-0 Big 12, No. 4 CFP) at Baylor (6-4, 4-3), Saturday, 12 p.m. EST (Fox)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: TCU by 2 1/2
WACO, Texas (AP) — There have been times in Sonny Dykes' coaching career when he was up all night at the start of each new week, trying to think of ways to motivate his team and keep players focused on the present.
Texas (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) at Kansas (6-4, 3-4), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Texas by 9 1/2
Some things to watch during Week 12 in the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 TCU (10-0, 7-0 Big 12, No. 4 CFP) at Baylor (6-4, 4-3)
The Pac-12's big weekend turned out to be not quite as big as it could have been after some upsets last week.
Still, the conference's marquee matchups are the highlights of this weekend's schedule, with four top-16 teams that could determine who plays in the league championship game.
Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU held on to the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night, with Tennessee at No. 5 and LSU at No. 6.
With three of the top six teams and only three weeks left until Selection Sunday, the Southeastern Conference appears well positioned to put two teams in the CFP for the second straight season and third time overall.
No. 1 Georgia led an unchanged top five in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, while the rest of the Top 25 was shuffled after eight ranked teams lost — including two big upsets in the Pac-12.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Miyan Williams rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury late in the first half, C.J Stroud threw five TD passes and No. 2 Ohio State buried Indiana 56-14 on Saturday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — TCU was far from pretty against Texas, yet the Horned Frogs are still undefeated and playing for a Big 12 championship.
And maybe even bigger things to come.
Kendre Miller rushed for 138 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter that broke open a tense defensive struggle, and No.
WACO, Texas (AP) — No. 23 Kansas State lost control of its path to the Big 12 championship game last week when quarterback Will Howard was watching from the sideline.
The super sub helped the Wildcats get it back, with a little help from undefeated conference leader TCU.
No. 4 TCU (9-0, 6-0 Big 12, No. 4 CFP) at No. 18 Texas (6-3, 4-2, No. 18 CFP), Saturday 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Texas by 7
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The big picture is laid out before No. 4 TCU, and the Horned Frogs have everything to play for.
They are undefeated and in striking range of clinching a berth in the Big 12 title game.
Some things to watch during Week 11 in the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 TCU (9-0, 6-0 Big 12, No. 4 CFP) at No. 18 Texas (6-3, 4-2)
No. 4 TCU has a chance to wrap up a spot in the Big 12 Conference championship game, but who would play the Horned Frogs for the title could remain very much in question.
The year was 2007 and Alabama was still looking more like a college football has-been than a program on the cusp of a dynasty.
Nick Saban's first regular season as the coach of the Crimson Tide ended with a four-game losing streak that included a loss to Louisiana-Monroe.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Gary Patterson could now play a key role in spoiling what has been a perfect season so far for fourth-ranked TCU.
Georgia was the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.
The Bulldogs' rise from No. 3 was no surprise after their dominant victory against previously top-ranked Tennessee on Saturday.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Max Duggan and the TCU Horned Frogs are learning to play with a perfect record that makes them playoff contenders.
That's the view of first-year coach Sonny Dykes, who watched his team pass another test Saturday.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Even before undefeated Big 12 leader TCU was seventh in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, coach Sonny Dykes talked about how that wouldn't have any impact on his team.
Texas Tech (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) at No. 7 TCU (8-0, 5-0, No. 7 CFP), Saturday, noon EDT (Fox)
Line: TCU by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.