Dallas Colleges: BCS Championship Game

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The Big 12 media days continue on Tuesday in Dallas, as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and new Texas coach Charlie Strong each take the stage. Keep this page open throughout the day's proceedings as we bring you the latest from our reporters, who will cover all 10 teams at the event.

Idaho coach did not vote TCU No. 1

January, 12, 2011
The mystery as to which coach voted TCU No. 1 has centered around Idaho coach Robb Akey, because he had ranked TCU No. 1 at the end of the regular season.

But it was not Akey.

"It was me at the end of the regular season and I thought they deserved to be there, so I voted him there for a reason because they continued to answer the challenge," Akey said. "But I’m a team guy and we said the winner of the national game would be No. 1."

Akey said his preseason poll had Alabama, Ohio State and Boise State ahead of the Horned Frogs, who came in at No. 4. So when the other three teams lost, Akey put TCU at No. 1 and didn't see anything that he felt should change his mind.

"I was surprised I was the only one in the previous poll that voted them No. 1," Akey said. "I would have thought a few folks would have given them the attention and respect for that."

Akey was impressed by TCU's performance in the Rose Bowl.

"I thought they played their tails off," Akey said. "I was excited for them. I thought that was one of the hotter teams in the country they beat that day too in Wisconsin. You go in and win the granddaddy of them all, that’s a big deal."

So who could have done it? We still don't know. But it wasn't Akey,.

A TCU fan guide to today's action

December, 4, 2010
It's a big day for TCU fans even though the Frogs have completed the regular season and will sit back and relax (or at least try to) on this championship Saturday.

A few things to watch in terms of implications for TCU fans:

* The Oregon-Oregon State game starts just before the SEC Championship Game. So by 7 p.m. Dallas time or so today, TCU should have a good idea of its options.

* If Oregon and Auburn win today, TCU heads to the Rose Bowl for the traditional Jan. 1 bowl. That's not a bad consolation prize if TCU doesn't get to play for a national title, is it? And with the school headed to the Big East in 2012, this is probably the only chance (maybe ever?) TCU has to play in the Rose Bowl. So that's certainly exciting for the school.

* If Oregon loses to Auburn, the consensus is TCU is in the BCS Championship Game, which means another trip to Glendale, Ariz., a place where TCU lost the Fiesta Bowl to Boise State last year. Coach Gary Patterson would love the chance to head back out there and see if his team can get things right this time.

* If Oregon wins and Auburn loses to South Carolina in the SEC Championship game, things get very interesting. How does Auburn lose? Do they go down by 10 points or more? If so, it's tough to imagine voters will prop them up enough to pass TCU in the BCS standings even if those voters make the argument that Auburn played the tougher schedule (and they did, beating five teams currently in the top-25 and getting through the regular season without a blemish in the SEC, something very difficult to do).

* But what if Auburn loses on a last-second field goal or in overtime? Voters might feel that a one-loss Auburn team, despite losing the conference title game, deserves to go ahead of TCU. But for that to happen, Auburn would have to end up very close to the Frogs in the polls and hope the computers shoved them in front. ESPN.com's BCS guru Brad Edwards said in that scenario that TCU would sweat some, but he still thinks the Frogs would go. (I think you'll have some voters drop Auburn behind Wisconsin or believe that a one-loss Badger team or even Stanford should go. That would split votes essentially and put TCU in the game. Just my two cents).

* How about the possibility that Auburn and Oregon lose? In that case, Edwards believes TCU is in for sure and would probably face Auburn, who would be the strongest of the one-loss teams in the computers. But the voters would hav a huge say there. That would certainly make for some interesting discussion and debate. But the debate would not be whether TCU is in. They would definitely get in if both Auburn and Oregon lose.

A note to TCU fans about Oregon and Auburn: Both have been tremendous second-half teams this year. So don't get too excited at the half if either team is behind. They have offenses that can score points in a hurry and have shown an ability to make halftime adjustments. Auburn has come back from four double-digit deficits this season, including the last two games (Georgia and Alabama). It should be an interesting day as for the second straight year, TCU watches and hopes for some help to get to a title game (My bet is Auburn falls to South Carolina and TCU plays Oregon for the title. But we'll see).

Edwards: TCU could get title shot

November, 30, 2010
ESPN.com BCS guru Brad Edwards said TCU is in position to get a shot at the national title game should Auburn or Oregon slip-up. While many of the ESPN college analysts were touting Wisconsin, Stanford or other one-loss teams on the BCS show Sunday night, Edwards was crunching the numbers and said he's "90 percent" sure TCU plays for the championship if BCS No. 1 Auburn or No. 2 Oregon fall this weekend.

"The only team that would have a shot of finishing ahead of them with one loss would be Auburn," Edwards said. "First, Auburn would have to lose a classic-type SEC championship game where it's down to the wire. Auburn would still be ranked higher than TCU in the computers, so they’d have to stay close to them in the polls. They’d need a lot of voters to drop them only to No. 3 and some to keep them ahead of TCU on their ballots. That won't be easy."

Edwards said one reason some voters may do that is Auburn's entire resume in 2010.

"It’s a reasonable stance to take a look at what both teams have done this season," Edwards said. "Auburn has five wins against current top-25 teams. That's the same number as Oregon, TCU, Stanford and Wisconsin combined. So you have to weight that up against the fact that Auburn didn’t win the conference title."

Even with that evidence, Edwards doesn't believe enough voters will prop up Auburn to keep them ahead of TCU should the Tigers lose in the SEC Championship game Saturday afternoon.

Edwards, for what it's worth, would put TCU at No. 2 and into the title game.

"My take on that is that if I’m voting for TCU to be in the top-2 and play in that game, I’m not doing it solely on what they did this year," Edwards said. "I’m doing it on a cumulative resume the last three years given that they have so many seniors and the same basic core. That’s the thing about the polls, there are no guidelines. You can vote on who you think is the best team, most deserving team, whatever you want to do."

TCU’s Gary Patterson hoping for title shot

November, 29, 2010

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU coach Gary Patterson said he'd be disappointed, but understanding if his team didn't play for a national title because Auburn and Oregon were undefeated.

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"I think we should be given the opportunity," Patterson said. "I'm Joe Fan and I believe that we should have the opportunity to be able to do that. That's what I've been taught. That's been the American way. We'll see how it turns out."

Patterson said he's preparing for the Rose Bowl (that's expected to be Wisconsin) and not worrying about what might or might not happen.

"There's not anything I can do about it," Patterson said. "I'm not sure whoever we play in the Rose Bowl isn't as good as anyone we could play in the national championship game. So we're going to prepare for it because I've already watched them on film and I can assure you they are as good as anyone."

Patterson said he thinks about the fact that TCU won't go undefeated every year and that he'd like to get a shot at a national championship.

"You can only do what you can control," Patterson said. "I've always been one that's defended the system. Will I be disappointed that we don't get to play for the national title? Yes. If both are undefeated, all three of us would have a case. Every one of those other two teams can say their pyramid is colored in the same as ours is and they have every right to be there."

TCU, Texas among decade's top teams

December, 30, 2009
Texas was well-represented in the list of the top-10 teams of the decade in the ESPN Dallas coverage area.

The Longhorns' 2009 season, which will end with a trip to the BCS Championship game against Alabama on Jan. 7, was fourth on the list. The 2005 national championship team was No. 1.

Texas' 2002 World Series-winning baseball team made the list as well.

TCU's 2009 season was also included. The Frogs are in Phoenix now preparing for the Fiesta Bowl. A win would make them 13-0 and likely put them in the top 5 of the preseason rankings in 2010.

BTW, Baylor's women's basketball title and Oklahoma's 2000 football team also qualified for top-10 status.