What we learned from the non-AQs, Week 11

1.TCU is for real: Utah coach Kyle Whittingham summed up this year’s TCU team in a nutshell when he said that in his five years of being a head coach, TCU was the best team he’d ever faced. That includes Alabama in last year’s Sugar Bowl, Boise State, UCLA and Oregon State. The TCU team that demolished Utah 55-28 was better than all of them and Whittingham is right. There’s not a team in the country that is playing as well as the Horned Frogs are playing in every facet of the game. Unfortunately for TCU, it's big win won't show tangible results in the BCS standings. With Saturday being the last game against a ranked team, the Horned Frogs actually are going to have to hold on to their spot against a surging Cincinnati team.

2.Don’t forget Boise State: After a rough showing against Louisiana Tech last week, Boise State took its frustration out on in-state rival Idaho. However, the lopsided 63-25 win will likely do very little to change the Broncos BCS standing since no one ahead of them lost. It should, however, keep Georgia Tech at bay even though the Yellow Jackets defeated Duke to capture the ACC Costal Division. The Broncos don’t have many challenges ahead, but the way Nevada has been playing does give them one final quality opponent that could lift them into a BCS bowl berth.

3.Speaking of Nevada: After a rough 0-3 start, the Wolf Pack has turned into one of the scariest teams among the non-AQs. The Wolf Pack handled Fresno State 52-14, the most lopsided loss the Bulldogs have suffered this season, and are still tied atop the conference standings with Boise State. The two teams don’t meet for another two weeks, but this could be the year the Wolf Pack pull off the big upset. They've played close with the Broncos each of the past two seasons.

4.Firing season is still on: Memphis and Western Kentucky opened coach firing season last week and it could continue this week with a few coaches that suffered untimely losses. UNLV coach Mike Sanford has been rumored to be on the chopping block for weeks and now that the Rebels are officially eliminated from bowl contention, those rumors could become reality. North Texas coach Todd Dodge, who early in the season looked like he might change his fortunes around, stumbled to another loss and is currently 2-8. And now Marshall coach Mark Snyder, who has actually made progress this season, could be out as well (though I'm not sure he deserves it) as his team is officially out of the C-USA East hunt.

5.Heisman race: Houston quarterback Case Keenum is likely out of the Heisman race after Saturday’s loss to Central Florida. It was Keenum’s interception that led to the game-winning score. And though he threw for nearly 400 yards, Keenum needed to finish the season perfectly to get the invite to New York. However, what’s Houston’s loss might be Boise State’s gain. Quarterback Kellen Moore had a great game against Idaho, throwing for five touchdowns, and he might have put himself back into the thick of the Heisman conversation.