Texas vs. Texas Tech: Surprise, BCS Game Isn't out of Question for Longhorns

T.J. McaloonContributorNovember 3, 2012

As crazy as it may sound, with their 31-22 victory over Texas Tech, the Texas Longhorns have played themselves back into a BCS bowl-game bid.

Texas came into its game against the No. 18 Red Raiders ranked 23rd in the latest BCS Standings. With the win, the Longhorns may takeover Texas Tech's spot in the next poll. 

However, three weeks ago it seemed as if the Texas Longhorns had no chance at playing in a BCS bowl game following two straight losses. They had a struggling defense, they were blown out in their biggest game of the season against Oklahoma and they appeared to have no answers as to how to fix their problems.

In fact, even with last week’s victory over Kansas, the Longhorns still looked like a team that would limp to the finish of its season. 

However, after the victory over Texas Tech, Texas now sees the door to a potential BCS bid beginning to crack open. For Texas to get into a bowl game (like the Fiesta Bowl) they will have to get some help from its conference counterparts. 

According to BCS rules:

No more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections, unless two non-champions from the same conference are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS Standings. (via CollegeFootballPoll.com)

That means Texas would need Oklahoma to lose two of its final four conference games, which is asking a lot. 

However, in each of their remaining games, the Sooners are going up against teams averaging 40 or more points per game—Baylor (44.1), West Virginia (40.8) and Oklahoma State (44.3).

Oklahoma’s defense is good, but to be able to withstand those three offenses in consecutive weeks will be a major challenge.

While Oklahoma’s schedule becomes tougher, Texas' road becomes a little softer. They host Iowa State next week, who’s lost four of its last six games, then have a bye week before welcoming TCU. 

If the Longhorns can win these next two games, they'll have nine wins and should see their BCS ranking settle inside the Top 10. If that happens, Texas should will eligible for an at-large bid. 

From the BCS: 

If there are fewer than 10 automatic qualifiers, then the bowls will select at-large participants to fill the remaining berths. An at-large team is any Football Bowl Subdivision team that is bowl-eligible and meets the following requirements:

  • A. Has won at least nine regular-season games, and
  • B. Is among the top 14 teams in the final BCS Standings. 

However, if this BCS dream is to come true, then Texas will have to get past Kansas State to close its season. 

If they can pull off the upset—plus have the Sooners lose two of its last four games—then Longhorns fans will see what was looking to be a disaster season turn into one that ends with a BCS bowl game.