One month down, two months to go until the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Baylor and TCU have so much to overcome in October and most of November, but for now, they haven’t fallen off the ledge, and they’ve painted different portraits in the process.
For the third straight week, Baylor’s offense dismantled another opponent and the defense bent but didn’t break in a 70-17 win over Rice. On the opposite end, TCU’s high powered offense carried the squad completely to a somewhat fluky 55-52 win at Texas Tech.
However you get there, one thing doesn’t change: both squads are unbeaten and ranked in the top five in the nation.
The two Big 12 powerhouses have been taking completely different routes since the College Football Playoff committee decided to exclude each of them last season, following last season’s epic battle in Waco.
TCU rolled to a monster win over Ole Miss in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, thumbing its nose at the committee. On the other end, Baylor saw a repeat of the TCU game (only as the victim and not the victor) in a loss to Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, allowing three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
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