Week 12 college football winners and losers: Michigan, TCU survive close calls; Central Florida stumbles

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Two kicks: one with nine seconds left, one with zeroes on the clock. Just one miss would’ve rewritten this year’s predictable College Football Playoff picture; had both gone awry, the playoff race would’ve imploded into chaos just steps from the finish line of the regular season.

No team in the Bowl Subdivision is more adept at winning close games than No. 4 TCU, which has mounted an out-of-nowhere playoff charge with unshakeable confidence in Sonny Dykes’ offensive scheme and a seemingly unstoppable run of late-game heroics.

Down 28-20 to Baylor with under seven minutes left, the Horned Frogs drove 90 yards to draw within 28-26 but missed the two-point conversion. After getting a stop on the Bears’ ensuing possession, TCU marched 45 yards to set up the game-winning field goal from 40 yards as time expired.

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