TCU soccer coach Sonny Dykes had a easy but impactful quote earlier than his group’s win over West Virginia that speaks volumes to the panorama of faculty soccer.
“Individuals have a tough time seeing previous the manufacturers,” Dykes mentioned.
After the School Soccer Playoff committee launched its preliminary CFP rankings for the 2022 season Tuesday evening, it’s arduous to picture a situation the place Dykes wouldn’t double-down on his remark.
Regardless of an ideal 8-0 file, 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 newest episode of his podcast, “The Joel Klatt Present.”
“TCU bought completely hosed within the first playoff rankings,” mentioned Klatt, who had TCU at No. 5 in his newest rankings. “This group is undefeated within the deepest convention within the nation.
“The easy reality is that this: If TCU have been Oklahoma or Texas with the identical résumé, they’d be at least No. 4. That is model bias at its best.”
Why TCU needs to be ranked greater within the CFP rankings
Joel Klatt discusses the school soccer playoff rankings and why the TCU Horned Frogs needs to be ranked greater than No. 7.
Klatt’s stance speaks to what Dykes was referencing forward of his group’s sport final weekend. Regardless of TCU’s good file and success in opposition to a few of the top-ranked applications within the nation, large manufacturers corresponding 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 based on Klatt, shouldn’t play an element within the CFP rankings.
“I don’t suppose it’s proper that we let historical past dictate how we view these groups this 12 months,” Klatt defined. “Is it proper to guage Sonny Dykes in his first 12 months at TCU in opposition to the Deshaun Watson group that gained a nationwide title?
“I don’t suppose that’s proper, however that’s clearly what occurred as a result of that is blue-blood bias.”
Klatt factors out that TCU has two wins — over Oklahoma State and Kansas State — higher than Clemson has, a greater power of schedule total and a greater quarterback.
Max Duggan, who entered the 12 months because the group’s backup, is within the midst of an impressive season and presently carries the seventh-best odds to take dwelling the Heisman Trophy, per FOX Guess.
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Joel Klatt previews the favored No. 7 Horned Frogs vs. the Purple Raiders.
On the opposite facet, Clemson starter DJ Uiagalelei is coming off the worst statistical sport of his season and was benched in favor of true freshman Cade Klubnik within the group’s 27-21 come-from-behind victory over Syracuse.
“It doesn’t make a lot sense to me, apart from the truth that Clemson is, proper now, a blue blood,” Klatt mentioned of the Tigers being ranked forward of the Horned Frogs. “They’ve a nationwide championship on show. That carries the day.”
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