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Second-half outlook: TCU

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

TEXAS CHRISTIAN HORNED FROGS (6-0, 2-0 MWC)

Many expected TCU to be undefeated through the first half of the season, but the second half will create many challenges toward keeping that undefeated record. The Horned Frogs have no margin for error if they want to have a chance at a BCS bowl berth. Even if the Horned Frogs do go undefeated, they’ll need a little push from the voters to supplant Boise State.

Best-case scenario: There are a couple best-case scenarios for the Horned Frogs:

A) TCU defeats BYU, its biggest obstacle, this weekend and goes undefeated. The Horned Frogs schedule is tough enough that it pushes them past Boise State in the BCS standings and they head to a BCS bowl.

B) TCU defeats BYU, its biggest obstacle, this weekend and goes undefeated. The Horned Frogs schedule is not enough to get them past Boise State, but both teams are selected for a BCS bowl (this would be a best-case scenario for Boise State as well).

Worst-case scenario: TCU loses to BYU and the Cougars go on to win the Mountain West title and have an opportunity for a BCS bowl berth. TCU was in this position with Utah a year ago and faltered. It could have won the conference and put itself in a position for a BCS bowl berth. History repeats itself this weekend.

Prediction: TCU goes undefeated, wins the Mountain West title and also receives a BCS bowl berth. If both Boise State and TCU go undefeated, especially with how crazy this season already has been, both should be rewarded for their consistency. Two non-AQ teams should have gotten in a year ago and this time it actually happens. TCU plays in the Fiesta Bowl.