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BCS Championship 2011: Why TCU Deserves a Split National Title with Auburn

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Wide receiver Alonzo Adams #81 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 21-19 in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Dave WalkerCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2011

At this point the AFCA National Championship Trophy has already been awarded to Auburn via the Tigers' 22-19 win over Oregon in the BCS national title game Monday night in Arizona. But as we all know, there is still another unbeaten out there, and this year it is TCU.

TCU finished its 13-0 football season with a two-point win over Wisconsin in the "Granddaddy of Them All," the Rose Bowl, nearly 10 days ago.

The Horned Frogs joined a growing list of non-BCS teams to go unbeaten and not even get a chance to win or lose the title on an actual field.

Boise State did it last year.

The year prior it was Utah.

Neither team got its chance to prove its worth, though Utah did send Alabama smarting home after the stomping the Utes handed the Tide in that year's Sugar Bowl.

So is this year's unbeaten non-BCS squad any different than either 2009 Boise or 2008 Utah?

No, not really. But after seeing how the supposed top two teams in the nation looked Monday night, there should be a fight to give TCU a share of the title in the final AP poll.

Oregon looked shaky on both sides of the ball. Offensively the Ducks couldn't run the ball, and Darron Thomas was wildly inaccurate at times. On defense they did not stop the run, allowing well over 200 yards on the ground.

Auburn was equally unimpressive. Cam Newton often threw high, and the Tigers offense scuffled several times inside the red zone.

Opinions will vary, but in mine, neither looked like the odds-on best team in the nation.

If the voters in the press are smart, they will look back to the 2003 season for the right thing to do.

Just to refresh you on that season, Oklahoma had been shocked in the Big 12 title game but still got the bid to the BCS championship against LSU and lost. USC was No. 1 in both polls when the season ended; however, the Trojans were left out of the title game and settled for a Rose Bowl win.

While contractually obligated to give the USA Today coaches' poll and the AFCA trophy to LSU, who had won the "BCS" title game, the AP saw it different. They gave a split national title by selecting USC as the nation's top team.

So why not give the Horned Frogs some love?

Auburn got their AFCA trophy, so what would it hurt to reward a team that may actually be just as good as Auburn on a neutral field?

The bottom line with the college bowl system and the BCS is that there will almost always be someone who plays the role of the teenage girl who doesn't get asked to prom, even though she is as pretty as other girls who do.

The system is in the business of money making with getting the big power schools who draw big-time revenue. The "David's" of the world now have no chance these days. I guess it kind of sounds true to life of what is going on in our country nowadays.

TCU is no little sister of the poor. It has proven it for years now. Fortunately for the Frogs, they are headed to the Big East, which will at least get them an automatic bid for winning their conference.

Unfortunately, the BCS bias for the Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-10 will still reign supreme.

It is also unfortunate that many of the members of the press that vote will not care about anything that TCU has done and will give the nod to Auburn as the Frogs end up No. 2.

But when it is all said and done, considering the NCAA investigation into Cam Newton's eligibility earlier this season, maybe Auburn will pull a "USC" and just be renting the trophy for now.

I'm not saying anything illegal did happen with the "Scam Newton" allegations, but the NCAA will protect what is good for the bottom dollar, and Newton and Auburn was that in 2010.

TCU deserves a split, and that is all there is to say about that...unless you want to talk about playoffs?

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