TCU stuck in BCS standings after big win
NEW YORK (AP) – TCU’s big victory wasn’t enough for the Horned Frogs to make a move up the BCS standings.
TCU (10-0) on Sunday remained behind Florida, Alabama and Texas in the race to the national title game.
The Horned Frogs defeated Utah 55-28 on Saturday night in what figured to be the most difficult game left on their schedule. But they remained stuck in fourth place in Bowl Championship Series standings.
TCU, from the Mountain West Conference, last week became the first team from a league without an automatic BCS bid to break into the top five of the standings this late in a season.
If the Horned Frogs can beat Wyoming and New Mexico to finish a perfect regular season, they will earn their first BCS bid and cross off another achievement on the pyramid of goals coach Gary Patterson has on display for his team.
“If we win two games, we have an opportunity to color in a box higher than we’ve ever colored in in this program, to go to a BCS,” he said Sunday. “That’s about as far as I take it.”
Unless Alabama, Florida or Texas slip up, that’s about as far as TCU will be able to take it.
Florida has been in first since the standings were initially released last month. Alabama is second and Texas is third.
The Gators and Crimson Tide meet in the SEC championship on Dec. 5. If they can both reach that game undefeated, a spot in the BCS title game on Jan. 7 would be guaranteed to the winner.
If Texas can win its remaining two regular-season games and the Big 12 championship game, it’s a virtual lock to play for the national championship at the Rose Bowl.
Undefeated Cincinnati is in fifth place and unbeaten Boise State is sixth in the latest BCS standings.
Like the Horned Frogs, the Bearcats and Broncos need help from the teams in front of them in order to make a national title game appearance.
At least the Bearcats control their fate when it comes to getting into one of the other four big-money bowl games. If Cincinnati can beat Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale, it will earn the Big East’s automatic BCS berth for the second straight year.
Boise State from the Western Athletic Conference is in danger of being left out of the BCS after a perfect regular season for the second consecutive year.
Only one team from the conferences without automatic bids can earn an automatic bid by finishing in the top 12 of the final standings, and TCU is in line to earn that invite.
The Broncos are in position to be eligible for an at-large bid but no team from outside the six automatic-qualifying leagues has ever been an at-large selection.