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TCU celebrates a touchdown against BYU
To many BYU fans, the loss against TCU represented the team's final chance at making any national noise this season as an independent.
Following the loss, frustration and pessimism has seeped into the minds of many, especially with the ongoing news that a host of BYU's rivals have been selected for BCS conference inclusion while the Cougars remain on the outside. Some wonder if BYU's inability to compete with Utah and TCU this year prove that the Cougars have reached their peak and are on the verge of becoming an irrelevant, second-tier program.
To such fans, I say relax. It's easy to forget that BYU is breaking in a new offensive coordinator, running back coach, wide receiver coach and outside linebackers coach. Not only is the staff young, but many of the players are as well. Turnovers and mental errors have made games that could have been competitive victories end up as blowouts or frustrating losses. The talent for BYU is there; this team just needs to work out the kinks.
Let's hope that happens before Fall 2012, when the next slate of important games hit the BYU schedule.