TCU isn’t going to focus on scoring style points with the College Football Playoff Committee, according to coach Gary Patterson.
Patterson said at his weekly press conference Tuesday that he won’t be trying to impress the committee by blowing teams out the rest of the season. He already knows from experience that it doesn’t necessarily work.
“I’ve never been a run up the score guy,” Patterson said. “In general, if the committee has to look at that then we shouldn’t have had a committee. … [In the final week in 2014] our ranking was third and we got dropped to six [after beating Iowa state 55-3]. … So did it matter? Didn’t matter. We were 11-1 at the time.”
The Horned Frogs are 37-point favorites at home this week against Kansas. Based on Patterson’s comments, and the recent history of the series, that number might be a little high. Of course, the Jayhawks did just lose 45-0 to Iowa State.
If blowing teams out does matter to the committee, it appears to only matter against quality opponents. The same week TCU beat Iowa State in 2014, Ohio State destroyed Wisconsin 59-0. That was part of the reason the Buckeyes rose past TCU and Baylor in the final rankings that season.
So if Patterson does get a chance to run up the score at some point in the second half of the season, he might be better served doing it against Oklahoma than Kansas.