Former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino wants to make it clear that he doesn’t think there’s some big movement prohibiting TCU from making the College Football Playoff.
In an interview with Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mangino, who once railed against the BCS for favoring big-name teams, gave his thoughts on the obstacles facing smaller schools.
“There is no grand conspiracy to hurt a team,” Mangino said. “The rankings and all of that are just human nature. When push comes to shove, some of these teams have been powers for years. The other team that is coming, they’re not ready. That’s the perception.”
“It’s not that anyone wants to hurt anyone. I’ve never met an official who wanted to do that. I was in the Big 12 for a long, long time and I didn’t believe it, and I never saw that. The Big 12 would not take one team over the other. Now, some teams may lobby harder, but it’s tough. And when it’s equal, you just go with the team that’s done it longer. That’s it.”
The 10-2 Horned Frogs are No. 11 in the College Football Playoff rankings. They trail No. 2 Auburn, No. 5 Alabama, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Penn State and No. 10 USC, all of which have two losses.
A win over Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game would push the Frogs closer to making the playoff. But TCU would still have a long way to go, and schools with bigger brands are ahead of them.
There’s no malice to the committee ranking TCU lower than these schools. As Mangino said — it’s only human nature.
But that won’t make Horned Frogs fans any happier.
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