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Friday, January 1, 2010
TCU playing for No. 3 in the rankings?

By Richard Durrett

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Florida's impressive win over previously undefeated Cincinnati in Friday's Sugar Bowl has me thinking TCU needs an absolutely crushing victory over Boise State on Monday to finish No. 2 in the polls.

In fact, I'm not so sure that a big win over Boise State would be enough for voters to put undefeated TCU ahead of Florida. It becomes even more difficult for the Frogs if Alabama wins the national championship, doesn't it? If Florida's only loss is to the national champion, will voters put them ahead of TCU despite the Frogs' unblemished record?

Let me clarify: I wouldn't. I still think an undefeated TCU, if they get past Boise, deserves that No. 2 ranking. But Florida is a big-name school that plays in the SEC. I just have a feeling they'll get that No. 2 nod.

I also couldn't help but think that TCU-Florida would be a fantastic game. Tim Tebow and that Florida offense is tough to stop, but I think the TCU defense would be up to the challenge. I think it sure would be fun to watch. Too bad we won't have that opportunity.

Do you think Florida's blowout over Cincinnati means TCU is playing for No. 3 in the standings instead of No. 2?