1. TCU Horned Frogs
Listen, I didn’t want to do this. You probably didn’t want to read this. But you knew it had to be done.
TCU was 5-7 in 2021 and the Horned Frogs hired Sonny Dykes from SMU and it felt like a long rebuild was on the horizon. But the Horned Frogs started out hot and were winning games left and right. Before we knew it, the Horned Frogs were 12-0 to end the regular season with some incredible down-to-the-wire wins (Baylor).
They lost in the Big 12 title game to Kansas State but everyone wanted to see college football’s favorite underdog make the playoff — and they did.
TCU shocked Michigan in the first game before getting absolutely molly-whopped by Georgia in the championship. It just felt like the talent gap was unfathomable.
How was TCU so shockingly good last season after going 5-7 in 2021? Max Duggan and Quentin Johnston. Both are now gone.
How does a coach who had won 10 games in a single season just once before come in and turn a 5-7 team into a playoff team? Honestly not sure.
So fraud watch it is.