Even in Big 12, TCU still fighting for chance in national title mix

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For years, TCU fought to punch their way in to the old Bowl Championship Series, having to win on the field and in the public debate over whether the Horned Frogs were worthy of such lofty status.

Joining the Big 12 was supposed to solve all that.

But here they are again, chasing a league but still sitting just outside of a potential berth in the new College Football Playoff heading in to a Thanksgiving night game against Texas.

All winning does is guarantee more arguing. But there won't be any debate if No. 5 TCU (9-1, 6-1, No. 5 CFP) should lose: They'll be out of the playoff picture.

Texas (6-5, 5-3) is bowl-eligible under first-year coach Charlie Strong but still needs a victory to guarantee a winning season.