Horned Frogs poised for title game
November opened as a month to remember for college football's BCS busters.
After then-No. 6 Alabama and then-No. 8 Oklahoma lost this weekend, TCU strengthened its hold at No. 3 in the BCS standings on Sunday night, one spot ahead of No. 4 Boise State.
And with the defending national champion Crimson Tide falling for the second time this season, it seems unlikely that any one-loss team is in good enough position in the BCS standings to jump the Horned Frogs -- if they win their last two regular-season games, home against San Diego State on Saturday and at New Mexico on Nov. 27.
So if either No. 1 Oregon or No. 2 Auburn falls in the final three weeks of the regular season -- or if the Tigers lose in the SEC championship game in Atlanta's Georgia Dome on Dec. 4 -- the Horned Frogs would probably become the first team from a non-BCS conference to play for the BCS national title. The BCS National Championship Game will be played Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.
After blasting then-No. 5 Utah 47-7 in Salt Lake City on Saturday, the Horned Frogs are in a very good position with two games to play. TCU jumped Boise State in both the USA Today coaches' poll and Harris Interactive poll, which make up two-thirds of the BCS formula.
The Horned Frogs also have an average of No. 2 in the six computer polls used in the BCS formula, behind only Auburn, and are No. 1 in Richard Billingsley's computer poll and No. 2 in three others.
Boise State, which blasted Hawaii 42-7 at home on Saturday, has a computer rating of No. 5 and is No. 7 or worse in three of the six computer polls used in the BCS formula. The Broncos still play four games, including a Nov. 26 road trip to No. 21 Nevada.
LSU, which upset Alabama 24-21 in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, is the highest-rated one-loss team in the BCS standings. The Tigers, whose only loss came at Auburn 24-17 on Oct. 23, probably wouldn't finish high enough to pass undefeated Boise State or TCU in the final BCS standings.
Mark Schlabach covers college sports for ESPN.com. He co-authored Bobby Bowden's memoir, "Called To Coach," which was published by Simon & Schuster. The book is available in stores and can be ordered here. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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