TCU’s Max Duggan carries the ball against the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half of the Big 12 Football Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 3, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

If the College Football Playoff committee does its job right, the Frogs will be the first school from Texas to be in the playoffs. The Toads and Bears have been the two best programs in the Lone Star State for the past decade, but they were both 5-7 last year and Gary Patterson was fired.

The Frogs did not pull a W in the Big 12 Championship game. Losing to Kansas State the way they did, down double digits in the fourth quarter and folding over, is exactly why this team deserves a bid.

In the final quarter, Duggan led eight and 10-play drives, which included a two-point conversion to tie the game and force overtime, and the Frogs once again showed their resilience. They were defeated this time. After stuffing a fourth-and- short attempt in the first possession of overtime, the Cats made a field goal to win the Big 12 title.

I don't think the team could go through the SEC unscathed, but that's not what this is about No two-loss teams should take your spot if you only lose in the conference title game.

I want to see if the knack for drunken, bathit crazy, don't-you-dare-turn-off-this-game games continues. USC was going to be a surprise in theCFP before the season, during the year, and last week. The prestige, uniforms, fanbase, and everything nice to fit in with the cool kids, is what the USC has.

If Lincoln Riley was getting the benefit of the doubt, nobody would complain. The USC is considered to be an offensive powerhouse. There is a higher scoring offense and a better defense.

The Frogs need to be treated the same as the other teams. They have four double-digit win seasons since joining the Big 12. The only Texas-based Power 5 program that has had more 10-plus win campaigns in the past decade is Baylor.

No one is saying that the toads would beat the Tide. If the only reason you think they should be exempt from a spot is that their colors don't look right on a field with Michigan, Georgia, or Ohio State, then you're wrong.

Many non-traditional programs have been able to compete with the sports bluebloods in the past. They deserve the same amount of respect as the Power 5 school.