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James Madison Beats Virginia Tech: Does TCU Now Pass Boise State In the Polls?

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 04:  Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs walks on the field before a game against the Oregon State Beavers at Cowboys Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Eddie DzurillaCorrespondent INovember 5, 2016

Well hold the presses.  Or whatever they do electronically nowadays.

Just when we thought there was a semblance of rationality in college football, some of those pesky FCS teams decided to throw a few wrenches into the works.

Kansas, who lost to a FCS North Dakota State last week, beats a 17th ranked Georgia Tech.

Go figure.

That is not the big news, however.

Virginia Tech, ranked No. 12, just managed to lose to FCS James Madison 21-16.

This drops Virginia Tech to 0-2 and most likely bounces them from the top 25.

How many fans will wonder, will this impact the polls with other teams this coming week?  Specifically, how will Virginia’s Tech loss affect Boise State?

 Boise State came into the game with the Hokies with a top ten ranking.  Their come from behind victory over a BCS conference program ranked in the top ten validated, in the eyes of many, their ranking and elevated their chances to play for the BCS championship, provided they run the table.

Now that victory is not looking as impressive. 

 

Looking around, there is another player who may not be too upset about this turn of events.

The Horned Frogs of TCU.

The Frogs opened up with an impressive 30-22 victory over a top 25 Oregon State program.

This was a victory in which the Frogs completely dominated the line of scrimmage, and out gained the Beavers by a two to one margin.  They ran the ball, essentially, at will.  Out of 54 running plays, they gained yardage on 51 of them (yes, you read that right).

So with Boise State's opening victory somewhat diminished, will TCU vault past them in next week’s poll?

The Froggies kick off against their own FCS straw man, Tennessee Tech, later tonight. 

Tennessee Tech was already swamped in game one by Arkansas, and should be easy pickings for the Frogs.  If TCU hangs a big blow out victory on them, chances are the combination of style points and Boise’s diminishing returns from their Virginia Tech victory will work to the Frogs favor.

A couple of weeks from now Oregon State (who should be commended for not backing down and scheduling some real opposition) will be playing Boise State.

Guess who TCU will be rooting for?

The Beavers were also a preseason dark horse contender for the Pac-10 title.  Who do you think TCU will be pulling for as they play that Pac-10 schedule?

First things first.  Coach Gary Patterson has repeatedly stated that TCU needs to take care of business tonight. If the kids listen, they may be waking up as the No. 3 team in the nation next week.

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