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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Andy Dalton: Why not national champs?

By Jeff Caplan

LOS ANGELES -- Just minutes from here, the USC Trojans celebrated a national championship that first week of January 2004. That it was for finishing No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll while LSU laid claim to the BCS national championship with a victory over Oklahoma is only a minor inconvenience.

Six years later, either Oregon or Auburn will finish the 2010 season undefeated and celebrate a BCS national title. But, what if the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs defeat the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl? The Frogs would also finish undefeated and would have taken down the powerful Big Ten champ in a major bowl game.

Would it be enough to lay claim to their own national championship? TCU senior quarterback Andy Dalton seems to think so.

"You know, I think that we did everything that we're capable of doing. That's how we've taken this whole season is we can't control anything else," said Dalton, TCU's all-time wins leader. "We've got to go out and just play our game and control what we can control. So you know, if we do end up undefeated, I don't see any reason why we wouldn't be national champions."