TCU football came in at No. 11 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday — still out of the top 10 and trailing multiple two-loss teams.
And despite winning recent games without key starters, it doesn’t appear that the committee is taking TCU’s “next man up” mentality into much consideration.
Playoff chairman Kirby Hocutt said during a conference call Tuesday that the committee isn’t giving TCU any “extra credit” for its 27-3 road-win over Texas Tech on Nov. 18 — in which backup quarterback Shawn Robinson started in place of an injured Kenny Hill.
Do they receive extra credit? I would say no,” Hocutt said. “We evaluate that particular game and their performance, but you know, to win with a backup at the position of quarterback, that does not factor into additional credit in the selection committee’s discussion.”
The statement from Hocutt came just several weeks after the chairman said the absence of starting quarterback Kelly Bryant had been considered for No. 1 Clemson’s lone loss of 2017 at Syracuse on Oct. 13.
Hocutt is the current athletic director at Texas Tech, a position he has held since February 2011.
DieHards’ Shehan Jeyarajah contributed to this report.
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