TCU Beats Down BYU: Frogs Leap to No. 6 in Week Nine BCS Rankings

Pete MisthaufenAnalyst IOctober 25, 2009

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs during play against the Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 27, 2008 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

TCU went up to the heights of Provo, Utah and made a huge statement. 

Not only are the Frogs contenders to be the best team in Texas , but also the best team in college football. 


Not really.


Domination in Provo

TCU's 38-7 smack down of BYU in the mountains of Utah represented a complete domination of BYU.

BYU had come into the game as the No. 6 offense in the nation, averaging almost 470 yards per game in total offense.  The Cougars were No. 1 in the nation in third-down efficiency, converting about two of every three third downs.

The Cougars had only 298 total yards against TCU, including only one 188 yards passing.  TCU held BYU to five-of-15 on third-down conversions.

Since 2004 BYU has been held under 300 yards total offense only two times; against TCU in 2008 and against TCU in 2009.

BYU has not been held under 200 yards passing in a game against FBS opponents since playing against USC in 2004.

Now, you could argue, this is just BYU, so what? 

TCU just shut down an offense that no one (outside TCU) has been able to shut in five years!

Meanwhile, TCU rolled up 38 points and over 400 yards of offense against BYU.


TCU No. 6?

In the latest release of the BCS standings , TCU jumped over Cincinnati and Boise State to claim the No. 6 spot, largely powered by a No. 4 ranking in the computers.

TCU is well-poised to continue its upward climb, especially with its upcoming battle with BCS No. 16 Utah.

Iowa, beloved by the computers who are not allowed to judge the Hawkeyes for a near loss to an FCS school or a Sun Belt bottom dweller, is the consensus No. 1 in the computer rankings and No. 4 overall, overcoming a No. 8 position in both human polls.

USC, highly regard by the humans as the consensus No. 4, is despised by the computers who only put the Trojans at No. 8, giving USC on overall standing of No. 5, but a mere .0054 above TCU. 

A win over Oregon should give the Trojans a healthy boost in the computers.

Boise is unfortunately hitting its predictable slide due to its schedule.  If Oregon loses one or two games, Boise should slide even further.  Boise is largely being propped up by the human voters, as their computer ranking is No. 8.

Here are the undefeated teams (plus the one loss contender).

1. Florida      .9726

2. Alabama    .9450

3. Texas       .8927

4. Iowa        .8249

5. USC         .7944

6. TCU         .7890

7. Boise St    .7752

8. Cincinnati .7735


Overall, things are looking great for the Horned Frogs, as a BCS berth appears a lock as long as the Frogs keep winning and a spot in the BCS title game remains an outside possibility.


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