The Real Natty Game: TCU vs Alabama
For most of the Big 12 Championship game, the legend that is Brent Musburger kept referring to the “BCS chaos” that would be created should Texas lose the game. In our minds, the element of chaos still exists because after their nasty showing against #22 Nebraska, the system needs some re-evaluation. Yes the Big 12 is the shit traditionally, but this year it is down with only 3 ranked teams at the end of the season. Texas has a great football team, but so does TCU and this year the Horned Frogs proved that they were the real deal.
Merely winning the Big 12 shouldn’t have guaranteed the Longhorns a trip to the BCS Championship. Plain and simple, Texas doesn’t deserve to go to the Natty. Even though it appears as the system got it right and put the 2 best teams in the title game, their are 4 undefeated teams left in college football and TCU and Boise State are getting shafted like that one dude in American Me, getting the consolation game in the form of the Fiesta Bowl. The meeting is a huge step for non-BCS schools, but also a pimp slap to the grill as well. The reality is that one of these 2 squads is as equally deserving a shot at Alabama as Texas.
Both teams are better than advertised, but Boise State is the lesser of the 2 based on a waaaaay nastier schedule highlighted by a season-opening home win against Pac-10 champ Oregon. The rest of the Broncos schedule was weaker than baby’s piss and thus they aren’t deserving of a shot at the natty. TCU on the other hand, has a schedule which shows they have some big nuts, getting wins at Virginia and Clemson in their first 3 games. The Virginia win proved to be pretty worthless, but opening the season on the road in a hostile environment should count for something. They blasted BYU (who beat Oklahoma) and Utah when both were ranked in the Top 20.
After looking closely at the schedules of both TCU and Texas, the Longhorns don’t really distinguish themselves in terms of quality or strength. TCU dominated their games against ranked opponents, defeating BYU and Utah by an avg of nearly 30 points. In their only common game with Texas, on the road at Wyoming, TCU beat the Cowboys by 4 more points (45-10) than the Longhorns did (41-10). Not a big deal but a strong indicator that they are comparable.
If TCU does beat Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl convincingly, and Texas and Alabama struggle in the title game, than how can you not argue that the Horned Frogs are not only the best team in Texas, but the entire country. And that’s the double truth, Ruth.