Monday, January 30

TCU, LSU headline Week 14 list

No. 4 Southern California’s loss Friday night to No. 12 Utah has already brought No. 5 Ohio State back into the College Football Playoff mix. As of Saturday afternoon, No. 6 Alabama reentered the playoff debate as No. 10 Kansas State threatened to expand upon an already double-digit lead in the Big 12 championship game against No. 3 TCU.

But this is TCU, and one thing we’ve learned during this wildly unexpected march toward an unbeaten season is to never count out Max Duggan and the Horned Frogs.

By reversing Kansas State’s 21-10 lead in the third quarter and forcing overtime, TCU might’ve done enough to keep the Crimson Tide at bay and remain part of the playoff. The 31-28 losses still sets up a stressful waiting period until Sunday morning as the Horned Frogs prepare for the head-to-head comparison with the Crimson Tide.

That the Horned Frogs stormed back is par for the course during the most memorable regular season in program history. Only once since the second week of October have the Frogs cruised to victory, in last week’s 62-14 romp against Iowa State.

The story of the year has been close calls: TCU won five games by a possession, most recently beating Baylor 29-28 on a last-second field goal, and defeated seven Big 12 opponents by an average margin of 6.9 points.

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