National links: TCU as a playoff contender

With the College Football Playoff selection committee set to issue its first rankings on Tuesday night, fans in Texas can only hope the committee members will be influenced by their surroundings. Because even though a program like TCU might be racking up style points lately, it hasn’t seemed to impress poll voters.

The committee members will meet Monday and Tuesday in Grapevine, Texas, and determine whether Big 12 teams like TCU, Baylor or Kansas State currently deserve one of the four playoff spots. If they include one of those teams in the Big Four, it would be a departure from the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Poll, which both rank TCU 10th, Kansas State 11th and Baylor 12th.

After setting multiple school and conference records with Saturday’s 82-27 win against Texas Tech -- a week removed from a 42-9 win against Oklahoma State -- TCU’s Horned Frogs are probably wondering what they have to do to make a dent in the top 10. They didn’t move up a single spot in Sunday’s newest rankings despite the offensive show that quarterback Trevone Boykin and company put on at Amon G. Carter Stadium.