For TCU, it all could have fallen apart with a tough road game at Utah on Saturday.
The Mountain West Conference championship, along with an outside shot of playing for the BCS Championship, would have evaporated with one poor performance against the Utes.
So how did the Horned Frogs respond? With a dominating, eye-opening performance that has many haters of non-Automatic Qualifiers thinking twice about TCU's ability to compete at the highest level. That's right: TCU rolled Utah 47-7.
It was the type of performance that you'd expect from a team that believes it can beat anyone.
TCU still needs some help — mainly someone to take down either No. 1 Oregon or No. 2 Auburn — as it is entrenched at No. 3 in the BCS Rankings.
One of the biggest reasons for the success at TCU is head coach Gary Patterson and his staff. You could argue that the Horned Frogs are the best coached team in the nation.
Here are the top 10 reasons why: