College Football: Breaking Down the Four Remaining Undefeated Teams
Oregon, Auburn, TCU and Boise State are the only remaining undefeated teams in college football this season. Each team has a case for why it should play in the BCS National Championship game.
For as good as TCU and Boise State have been all season they haven't received a lot of love from the BCS.
What else can these non automatic qualifiers do? No. 3 TCU came out and absolutely demolished No. 5 Utah 47-7. Boise State shut down Hawaii's nation leading passing attack in a 42-7 victory. What do the Broncos and Horned Frogs have to show for it? Nothing.
There is just no possible way the BCS system will allow one of these schools to play in college football's big dance.
If there were ever any chance of TCU jumping into the top two, this was the week it was going to happen. All week long the TCU-Utah game was built up as "the game of the week." If No.3 TCU could beat No.5 Utah on the road then they would surely get national championship recognition, right? Wrong. TCU not only won at Utah, but they completely dominated the Utes in every aspect of the game in a 47-7 victory.
TCU remained at No. 3 in the BCS even after that dismantling of Utah. Not only did the BCS not give TCU any love, but a lot of people aren't giving the Horned Frogs any credit. Numerous analysts on ESPN have been saying that Utah never should have been ranked that high and really wasn't that good. I bet that's exactly what the TCU players thought after their biggest win of the season.
Boise State also had an impressive victory this weekend. Hawaii came into Saturday with the nation's top passing attack. Well, you would have thought that Boise State was the team with the nation's top passing attack if you watched the game.
The Broncos held Hawaii to 151 yards through the air while Kellen Moore threw for 507 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-7 victory over the Rainbow Warriors.
For as impressive as TCU and Boise State have been this season, odds are they aren't going to to play in the National Championship...Sometimes winning isn't enough.
Moving on to the perennial power-house programs.
Oregon and Auburn both had blowout wins against less than spectacular opponents this weekend. The Ducks blew out a very mediocre Washington team 53-16. Oregon didn't look very good in the first half, but even when the Ducks don't look their best they can still score 53 points. Auburn blew out a lowly Chattanooga State team 62-24.
This weekend's victories for the Ducks and Tigers may have not been their most impressive, but both Oregon and Auburn can make a claim that they have had the most impressive victory of the season.
Who are the top ranked one-loss teams in the country? No. 5 LSU and No. 6 Stanford. Who did their only losses come against? No. 5 LSU's only loss came against No. 2 Auburn, and No. 6 Stanford's one loss came against No. 1 Oregon. These victories alone are more impressive than anything TCU or Boise State has on their resumes.
Come season's end the Ducks and Tigers are going to play in the national championship, and there is nothing TCU or Boise State can do about it.
Once again TCU and Boise State are going to be left out in the cold, and we'll never know if they could hang with college football's big boys. Sorry Cinderella(s), you can't come to the dance this year, we don't care how pretty you are.
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