There’s a slim, albeit encouraging, chance that Texas and TCU will meet in the Fiesta Bowl this season.
The most conceivable path to this game involves Texas losing to Texas A&M at Kyle Field, but still winning the Big 12 Championship game, while TCU wins out, but falls short of making the national championship because of being hopped by Cincinnati or a one-loss team like Georgia Tech.
The Aggies have held a strange power over Colt McCoy in his four-year career with the Longhorns. Along with the Kansas State Wildcats, A&M is the only Big 12 team against whom McCoy has a losing record (1-2).
The Aggies have upset the Longhorns twice: once during McCoy’s freshman year (during which Colt McCoy suffered the most egregious late hit I’ve ever seen, resulting in the ejection of Kellen Heard) and again in Colt’s sophomore year, when the 12th-ranked Longhorns were absolutely steamrolled at College Station.
In TCU’s case, as I’ve argued elsewhere, there’s no way the voters allow the Horned Frogs into the title game, with or without their blowout wins over ranked opponents.