TCU fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday when Max Duggan and the Horned Frogs got here up quick towards Kansas State within the Huge 12 championship sport.
Regardless of a heroic effort from Duggan, who had 15 rushes for 110 yards and a landing and accomplished 18-of-36 passes for 251 yards and a rating, the Horned Frogs misplaced 31-28 on a 31-yard area objective by Ty Zentner in additional time.
As an alternative of coasting into Sunday’s School Soccer Playoff Choice Present (midday, ESPN), TCU (12-1) will now have to attend to see what the choice committee decides. Are they in with one loss? Or does a two-loss Alabama group (10-2) leap into the highest 4 from the No. 6 spot. With USC shedding the Pac-12 title sport Friday night time to Utah, it drastically elevated the likelihood that No. 5 Ohio State will move into the top 4 ahead of the Trojans.
“We shouldn’t be punished for coming to the Huge 12 Championship,” TCU coach Sonny Dykes told reporters following the additional time loss.
He added: “To return to 2014, TCU has been via this… I’m involved clearly, however I’ve acquired religion within the committee. I consider that we should be in so I suppose we’ll wait and see.”
Each TCU and Alabama have a win over Texas on the street, whereas Alabama’s greatest wins got here at Texas, towards Ole Miss and Mississippi State, now ranked No. 25.
TCU ended up splitting two video games with Kansas State, and in addition owns victories over then-No. 8 Oklahoma State, then-No. 18 Oklahoma and at then-No. 19 Kansas.
The committee might determine that Alabama is worthy of being within the prime 4 primarily based partly on pedigree. Nick Saban’s groups have gained three of the eight nationwide championships below this present format. However Alabama didn’t win the SEC West, misplaced to a three-loss LSU group and a two-loss group has by no means made the Playoff earlier than.
Many trade consultants consider TCU will get the nod.
The School Soccer Playoff semifinals shall be performed Dec. 31 on the Fiesta and Peach Bowls, with the nationwide championship sport Jan. 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.