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TCU Headed to BCS National Championship Game?

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It could happen. Of course, Cam Newton and his Auburn Tigers would have to lose to Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks in the SEC Championship Game, or LaMichael James and the Oregon Ducks would have to lose to cross-state rival Oregon State in the Civil War.

But, hey, it could happen. With Boise State's failure to convert two seemingly simple (besides all of that pressure) field goals as regulation ended and in overtime, TCU was given new life. A Boise State win, no matter how it came, would have sent them ahead of TCU in the BCS rankings. With the Broncos now out of the way, the Horned Frogs become the non-AQ darling likely to get snubbed by a system that snubs fairness and equal opportunity for all.

TCU won't lose to New Mexico today (4:00 PM ET, Versus), sending them to a Rose Bowl berth and possibly handing them a shot at the national championship if either Oregon or Auburn lose their final game. On that note, what are the chances that one of those scenarios unfolds in the final week before the bowl games are announced?

It doesn't seem likely that Oregon State will upset Oregon. Even an early Beavers lead in Corvallis wouldn't be safe. The Ducks are too well-conditioned and don't have a quitting bone in their bodies to let an early deficit go unanswered. The Civil War is always a battle with three of the last four decided by one score or less, although this is a very different Oregon Ducks team than we've probably ever seen. Anything could happen, though. Really.

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The Horned Frogs' biggest hope is that Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks find a way to stop Auburn to grab their very first SEC Championship. South Carolina gave Auburn a run for its money early in the season, jumping out to a 20-7 lead before Auburn came back to grab the 35-27 win, and then they got up for the Alabama game a couple of weeks later to grab the upset victory over the then top-ranked Crimson Tide.

Spurrier's squad has notched a few big wins, like when they clinched the SEC East title against Florida in Gainesville just a couple of weeks ago, but they've also had some curious losses like a 31-28 loss to Kentucky and the big loss to Arkansas at home. For this one, though, with the opportunity to upset Auburn and claim their first SEC Championship ever, they'll be ready to go. Whether all of their preparation and emotion culminates in a huge win for not only the Gamecocks but TCU as well is something we'll have to wait and see. - Danny Hobrock

Danny is a sports journalist primarily covering college football and professional baseball. His work for Xtra Point Football has garnered national attention and is critically acclaimed. Danny is the former editor of a political and current events website and the editor of our college football content.

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