I think a good argument can be made that TCU is the best team in the country.
After seeing the Rose Bowl, there’s no doubt that the Horned Frogs are an extremely well-coached, well-oiled machine on both sides of the ball. They were able to hold a very disciplined, confident, physical team that had averaged 59 points per game in November to just 19 points. They were efficient, mistake-free and clutch on offense. I’m not sure there is, overall, a better-coached team in college football.
This is a team that would match up well with either Oregon or Auburn. If there is any defense that could stop Cam Newton, or any defense that would be able to stifle Oregon’s scheme, it’s TCU’s. But would Oregon and Auburn’s defense shut down TCU’s underrated offense led by Andy Dalton? I’m not so sure. TCU might have just the right combination in all three phases to shine against the Ducks and Tigers.
The media kept crowing about TCU being one of the little guys, but unlike Boise State, this is a program that has a history and tradition. It has been in a power conference in the past. This is just another notch on their belt. It is clearly ready for the spotlight.
TCU won’t get another chance to prove itself this year and will have to reload again since a ton of key seniors are departing, but Gary Patterson seems to find a way to get it done every year. They’ll likely finish No. 2 in the country this year, but I don’t think it will be long before TCU is back on this type of stage, but with an even bigger trophy in hand.