Here is your weekly inside look at those non-BCS teams trying party with the big boys. The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes had a heart breaking loss to end their chances at a BCS invite while others held on to fight another day. Here is a look at each team, how they did this week, and their upcoming match-ups as well as record and BCS ranks in ().
UTAH UTES (8) 9-0
Utah went down into New Mexico and outlasted the Lobos 13-10. The Utes better be prepared for a showdown with TCU on Thursday in Salt Lake. This game will possibly make or break the BCS hopes of all three Mountain West Conference teams on this list: Utah, TCU, and BYU.
BOISE STATE BRONCOS (10) 8-0
The Broncos ran wild over New Mexico State to the tune of 49-0. They moved up one spot in the BCS standings due to Georgia's loss to Florida. Up next for Boise should be an easy home game against a weak Utah State team.
TCU HORNED FROGS (12) 9-1
TCU put a whooping to the backside of UNLV this week 44-14. They now travel to Salt Lake City for a top-25 showdown with Utah. The winner should have the inside track to both a BCS bid and the Mountain West Conference Championship. The Horned Frogs want to wrap up the Mountain West with a win this Thursday.
BYU COUGARS (15) 8-1
The Cougs continued to try and redeem themselves after the TCU loss with a come-from-behind win at Colorado State.
At 45-42 this game looked like one from the old WAC days. BYU will have an easy tune up game against San Diego State at home before finishing up with tough games on the road at Air Force and Utah.
The Cougs will be watching TCU-Utah this week as their BCS and MWC title hopes are pinned on the Utes beating the Horned Frogs.
BALL STATE (17) 8-0
Ball State sat back with a bye and watched what could happen to BCS hopes with a loss this week. They saw Tulsa fall out of the BCS standings with their loss. The Cardinals now know they have to finish undefeated to have any hopes at a BCS bowl. They start this Wednesday Night by hosting Northern Illinois.
Continue to watch this week as the BCS will again be shaken up by the following games. Utah vs TCU, Ohio St. vs Northwestern, Oklahoma St. vs Texas Tech, Alabama vs LSU, and USC vs Cal. As well as a few upsets that may happen.
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