15th-ranked TCU (11-3, 7-2 Big 12) used an electric fourth quarter to overcome an early 21-3 deficit and defeat 13th-ranked Stanford (9-5, 7-2 Pac 12) 39-37 in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday night in San Antonio.
Stanford has conquered tough defenses before, but TCU’s defense is a different animal. They’re only allowing 17.6 points per game in a Big 12 Conference that is known for its ridiculously high scores week after week.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson has traditionally produced some of the best defenses in college football, and this year’s unit is no exception. The Horned Frogs allowed the fewest points, total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, and red zone points in the Big 12 on their way to a 10-3 season and an appearance in the conference championship game.
In a league full of explosive offenses and some of the most prolific passers in the nation, the TCU Horned Frogs won games with their defense, and did not stand out offensively. They ranked fifth in the Big 12 in scoring offense and 8th in passing offense.
On Thursday, December 28th, the No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (9-4, 7-2 Pac-12) will play the No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs (10-3, 7-2 Big 12) in the 25th Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. This is Stanford’s first match-up this year versus a Big 12 opponent so it is important to understand what the Cardinal should expect.
The No.15 Stanford Cardinal (9-4, 7-2 Pac-12) were selected to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl Sunday morning, two days after falling 31-28 to USC in the Pac-12 Championship. The Cardinal will travel to San Antonio to play the No.13 TCU Horned Frogs (10-3, 7-2 Big 12) on December 28th, another conference runner-up who lost 41-17 to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Saturday.
Instead, it’s time for the anti-BCS rant that has been stuck in my head for the past couple of weeks. A lot of these types of arguments have been bandied about, including how the BCS is a cartel and how it stiffs the little guy and makes college football unfair. While I have a lot of contentions with the BCS itself, the organization with which I really have a bone to pick is the esteemed Southeastern Conference, or ..