Were TCU Horned Frogs snubbed in preliminary CFP rankings?

TCU soccer coach Sonny Dykes had a easy but impactful quote earlier than his crew’s win over West Virginia that speaks volumes to the panorama of school soccer.

“People have a hard time seeing past the brands,” Dykes stated.

After the School Soccer Playoff committee launched its preliminary CFP rankings for the 2022 season Tuesday evening, it’s laborious to picture a situation the place Dykes wouldn’t double-down on his remark.

Regardless of an ideal 8-0 report, which incorporates 4 consecutive wins over ranked groups within the month of October and a scoring margin of +17, the Horned Frogs checked in at No. 7 within the CFP rankings.

FOX Sports activities faculty soccer analyst Joel Klatt took exception with the place TCU landed within the preliminary rankings, which he addressed on the most recent episode of his podcast, “The Joel Klatt Show.”

“TCU got absolutely hosed in the first playoff rankings,” stated Klatt, who had TCU at No. 5 in his newest rankings. “This crew is undefeated within the deepest convention within the nation.

“The easy reality is that this: If TCU had been Oklahoma or Texas with the identical résumé, they’d be a minimum of No. 4. That is model bias at its best.”

Why TCU should be ranked higher in the CFP rankings

Joel Klatt discusses the faculty soccer playoff rankings and why the TCU Horned Frogs must be ranked increased than No. 7.

Klatt’s stance speaks to what Dykes was referencing forward of his crew’s recreation final weekend. Regardless of TCU’s good report and success towards a few of the top-ranked applications within the nation, massive manufacturers akin to Clemson — which has simply two top-20 wins — and Alabama — which already has a loss on its resume – are ranked forward of the Horned Frogs.

In comparison with the likes of Tennessee (1), Ohio State (2), Georgia (3), Clemson (4), Michigan (5) and Alabama (6), TCU merely doesn’t have the identical model recognition, which in accordance with Klatt, shouldn’t play an element within the CFP rankings.

“I don’t think it’s right that we let history dictate how we view these teams this year,” Klatt defined. “Is it right to judge Sonny Dykes in his first year at TCU against the Deshaun Watson team that won a national title?

“I don’t suppose that’s proper, however that’s clearly what occurred as a result of that is blue-blood bias.”

Klatt points out that TCU has two wins — over Oklahoma State and Kansas State — better than Clemson has, a better strength of schedule overall and a better quarterback.

Max Duggan, who entered the year as the team’s backup, is in the midst of an outstanding season and currently carries the seventh-best odds to take home the Heisman Trophy, per FOX Bet.

No. 7 TCU vs. Texas Tech preview

No. 7 TCU vs. Texas Tech preview

Joel Klatt previews the favored No. 7 Horned Frogs vs. the Pink Raiders.

On the opposite aspect, Clemson starter DJ Uiagalelei is coming off the worst statistical recreation of his season and was benched in favor of true freshman Cade Klubnik within the crew’s 27-21 come-from-behind victory over Syracuse.

“It doesn’t make much sense to me, except for the fact that Clemson is, right now, a blue blood,” Klatt stated of the Tigers being ranked forward of the Horned Frogs. “They have a national championship on display. That carries the day.”

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