BYU Fans Have Something To Root For: Why TCU Will Win a National Title

Tyler StimsonCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Head Coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs and his team celebrate their 17-16 win over Boise State Broncos during the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 23, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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If your wondering what this photo is of, it is when TCU wins the national championship. That's right, it's from the future!

Now that BYU's BCS hopes are basically over (it would take an unprecedented chain of events for them to make a BCS bowl; yes, its still possible ), BYU fans need to root for what's best for the Mountain West Conference.

As much as it pains me to say it, I was rooting passionately for the Utes as Utah took a 21-0 lead on Alabama last year and eventually upset the Crimson Tide 28-17. I knew it was good for the conference, even if it was even better for BYU's hated rival, Utah.

This year, I have a much clearer and easier rooting interest as a fan of BYU football and the Mountain West. I'm rooting for TCU to go undefeated and play in the BCS national title game.

Then, once TCU gets there, I'm rooting for them to make one of best sports stories and most massive underdog statements of all time, and win the national championship. BYU did it 25 years ago when there was no title game, and TCU has a shot to do it this year.

TCU has the talent to beat anyone in the country. In my mind, if a one-loss team gets in over them, it would be a total travesty, and a blatant sign of disrespect for the Mountain West Conference.

If TCU wins a national title, a year after Utah finished No. 2 in the country, it validates the title hopes of every team in the Mountain West, including BYU.

But how realistic are TCU's title hopes?

Right now they are No. 6 in the BCS standings. And they still have a big game against Utah coming up, which could help them rise even further. They are No. 4 in the computer rankings, trailing only Florida, Alabama, and Iowa.

TCU's path to the national title game will have to look something like this: They would absolutely need a Texas loss, and an Iowa loss, they might need a Cincinnati loss and a USC loss and they'd obviously need to go undefeated.

Remarkably, that is all they might need to happen in order to have a good chance to play in the title game!

In that scenario, you have a 13-0 Florida, a 12-0 TCU, a 12-1 Alabama, a 12-0 Boise State, an 11-1 Oregon, and the teams mentioned above all with at least one loss.

The voters and computers may be tempted to vote for a rematch of the SEC championship game, but I just don't see it happening. Boise State would have an argument, but I think TCU's overall strength of schedule would get them the nod.

And I just don't see how the voters, even considering as biased as they can be, could justify putting Oregon at 11-1 over an undefeated team that they lost to.

In that scenario, It would be an utter travesty if TCU didn't play for a national title, and I think they would.

If Texas and USC lose today, TCU is already half way there. All they'd need is an Iowa loss at Ohio State, and maybe a Cincinnati loss at Pittsburgh and their path to the national title game would be pretty clear.

And that is a very exciting thing, for any fan of college football in the Mountain West, including BYU fans. I always root for BYU first, and the conference second. That's what I love about college football.

I am such a big fan of the Mountain West. We are underrated, and under respected across the country. And even if my team isn't quite where I wish they were, I can root for our conference.

An undefeated TCU deserves a chance to play for a national title. There is no doubt in my mind about it. And with how well the Mountain West has played in the last two seasons, TCU actually has a shot.

While BYU fans might lament that it isn't their team carrying the conference banner, they should rally behind TCU and root for them to win out and win a national championship.

A TCU national championship would change the face of the BCS system, the Mountain West conference, and college football forever.

And it would be one more step leading to an auto-bid for the Mountain West, and hopefully one more step for a true college football playoff system.

Anyone who wants a playoff in college football should root and campaign for TCU or Boise State to get into, and win the national championship game.


(Don't get me wrong, BYU still has a lot on the line this season, which isn't over and if you are looking for those reasons, read my article earlier this week)

(By the way, the photo above from the "future" is actually of last year's TCU team after they beat Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl and finished No. 7 in the country)


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