If College Football Had a Playoff: #13 LSU Tigers @ #4 TCU Horned Frogs

Before we get to game four the previous matchup of #12 Penn State @ #5 Florida came down to the very end with Penn State completing the first upset, and becomes the second lower seed, but first true upset in the "If College Football had a playoff." The vote was very close 93-87.

This matchup features TCU who is the top non-BCS seed and has dominated nearly every game and has played three teams that are currently ranked or were ranked in the top 25 during the season.  This TCU team is top 10 in offense and defense, so LSU will have a difficult time trying to stop them or to moving the ball.

The LSU running game is balanced but nothing dynamic and unless LSU can have moderate success they will eventually become one-dimensional throwing the ball.  However, LSU is 13th in total defense which would be the best defense to date that the Horned Frogs would face, and the fastest defense as well surpassing the Utes in that category.

To give some help to those who are not sure who would win I turned to What if Sports to simulate this game. The winner would be TCU in a minor blowout 26-3; LSU did have the game tied at 3-3 but then TCU ran off 23 straight points.  The Horned Frogs rolled up 320 yards and had the edge in time of possession 38 minutes to 21 minutes. 

What if Sports is not the decider in this game, you yes you! The readers of this site decide who moves onto the next round. 

So gather your friends to stuff the ballot and check back daily at 12 PM eastern time to vote for the next matchup, and voting is only open for 24 hours.  As they say in Chicago vote early and vote often.

 

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TCU Stats


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Andy Dalton 12 93.0 174 279 62.4 2484 207 8.9 22 5 107 522 43.5 4.9 3 - -
Marcus Jackson 7 265.0 2 2 100 23 3.3 11.5 1 0 17 48 6.9 2.8 0 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Ryan Christian 11 14 66 6 4.7 0 19 244 22.2 12.8 3
Andy Dalton 12 107 522 43.5 4.9 3 0 0 0 0 0
Skye Dawson 7 13 111 15.9 8.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yogi Gallegos 1 1 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Antoine Hicks 12 9 20 1.7 2.2 4 14 309 25.8 22.1 4
Marcus Jackson 7 17 48 6.9 2.8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Kerley 12 14 50 4.2 3.6 3 37 457 38.1 12.4 2
Ed Wesley 11 93 605 55 6.5 4 7 142 12.9 20.3 2

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Logan Brock 5 5 67 13.4 13.4 0
Ryan Christian 11 19 244 22.2 12.8 3
Curtis Clay 11 14 188 17.1 13.4 2
Evan Frosch 3 3 33 11 11 0
Antoine Hicks 12 14 309 25.8 22.1 4
Bart Johnson 12 26 350 29.2 13.5 0
Jonathan Jones 3 3 30 10 10 0
Jeremy Kerley 12 37 457 38.1 12.4 2
Billy Pizor 1 1 10 10 10 1
Ed Wesley 11 7 142 12.9 20.3 2
Jimmy Young 11 27 430 39.1 15.9 3

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Ross Evans 12 - - - - - 14 17 80.0% 60 62 100.0% 102


LSU Stats


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Jordan Jefferson 11 93.0 169 272 62.1 1964 178.5 7.2 16 6 104 160 14.5 1.5 1 - -
Jarrett Lee 6 73.0 16 40 40 197 32.8 4.9 2 1 3 -23 -3.8 -7.7 0 - -
Russell Shepard 10 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 277 27.7 6.2 2 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Trindon Holliday 12 23 116 9.7 5 1 3 36 3 12 0
Jordan Jefferson 11 104 160 14.5 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon LaFell 12 4 6 .500 1.5 0 52 705 58.8 13.6 10
Jarrett Lee 6 3 -23 -3.8 -7.7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richard Murphy 2 2 10 5 5 0 1 4 2 4 0
Charles Scott 9 116 542 60.2 4.7 4 8 54 6 6.8 1
Russell Shepard 10 45 277 27.7 6.2 2 5 34 3.4 6.8 0
Keiland Williams 10 70 368 36.8 5.3 4 4 22 2.2 5.5 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Richard Dickson 9 20 150 16.7 7.5 0
Trindon Holliday 12 3 36 3 12 0
R.J. Jackson 4 11 141 35.3 12.8 0
Mitch Joseph 2 2 18 9 9 0
Brandon LaFell 12 52 705 58.8 13.6 10
Chris Mitchell 7 10 65 9.3 6.5 0
Richard Murphy 2 1 4 2 4 0
Deangelo Peterson 4 5 82 20.5 16.4 2
Reuben Randle 7 10 146 20.9 14.6 2
Charles Scott 9 8 54 6 6.8 1
Terrance Toliver 10 47 654 65.4 13.9 3
John Williams 1 1 17 17 17 0
Keiland Williams 10 4 22 2.2 5.5 0

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Josh Jasper 12 - - - - - 16 19 80.0% 34 34 100.0% 82


 

 

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