With apologies to Florida and Alabama, but the state of Texas may have the two best college football teams in the country. We all know about the No. 3 Texas Longhorns (10-0)-- who have been ranked in the top 3 all season long-- and who officially control their own destiny all the way to the BCS title game. If Texas wins a home game vs. Kansas, @ Texas A&M and the Big 12 championship, then they are in the national title game-- no if, ands or buts about it. They will meet the winner of the SEC championship game between the No. 1 Florida Gators (10-0) and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0).
But if Texas somehow stumbles, there is a strong possibility that the No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs (10-0) can sneak in and play for the national title. This is an unheard of scenario. A non-BCS school in the national title game? I'm sure the BCS hierarchy is cringing and rooting for Texas to go unbeaten.
But as we saw on Saturday, TCU is no slouch. The Horned Frogs displayed their dominance by completely annihilating No. 16 Utah, 55-28. And Utah is no slouch either. The Utes (8-2) have one of the best defenses in the country. Prior to the TCU blowout, the Utes had allowed over 20 points in a game only once (a 31-24 loss to Oregon, their only other loss) this season.
No doubt the Horned Frogs impressed the entire college football world on Saturday. But before it's all said and done, the No. 5 Cincinnati Bearcats (10-0) and the No. 6 Boise State Broncos (10-0) may have something to say in this conversation.
For starters, Boise State beat the Oregon team (mentioned earlier) in Week 1, 19-8. The same Oregon team that controls it's own destiny in the Pac-10 and may quite possibly play Big Ten champion Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. With a win @ Arizona and a home win against in-state rival Oregon State-- the Ducks (8-2) will win the Pac-10 and play OSU in the Rose Bowl. And it gives Boise State more credibility because the better Oregon does, the better they look.
Cincinnati has a major showdown coming up against the No. 9 Pittsburgh Panthers. Both the Bearcats and the Panthers (9-1) are having phenomenal years and the winner of this game will win the Big East and earn a trip to the Orange Bowl to most likely play the ACC champion. The No. 7 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-1) are right now the favorites to come out of the ACC, but it looks like they'll have to play the No. 23 Clemson Tigers in the ACC title game-- and that's no gimme. Earlier this year, the Yellow Jackets barely beat the Tigers, 30-27 at home and Clemson (7-3) is a much improved team, so Georgia Tech has their work cut out for them.
By the way, TCU beat Clemson earlier this year, at Clemson, so if the Tigers come out of the ACC, it would definitely look great on TCU's resume.
If both Texas and TCU go unbeaten, it's quite possible that two schools from the state of Texas will finish #1 and #2. The Longhorns will of course be the national champions and the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian will have to settle for runner-up.
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