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TCU Win's Rose Bowl, So What Is The Nation Saying About The Horned Frogs

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Bucky's 5th Quarter -- "What everyone will be talking about is UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst's play-calling, especially on Wisconsin's last offensive play of the game."

Dr. Saturday -- "For TCU's part, it should refrain from the business of lobbying AP voters for their No. 1 votes or go on sanctimonious tirades like this one about the obvious injustice of it all. They should deny the premises, and celebrate the ones that matter: It won every game it played, and capped it by beating one of the best teams in the country on the most venerable stage in the sport."

Ivan Maisel, ESPN -- "No big deal. That's what TCU has done all season. That's what TCU has done throughout the Gary Patterson era. The Horned Frogs make plays. They don't make mistakes.TCU (13-0) will be one of two teams that finish the season undefeated. But the Horned Frogs will not be No. 1, not unless Oregon and Auburn stage such a frighteningly bad performance in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 10 that one poll or another awards TCU a trophy."

Mike Lopresti, USA Today -- TCU can sit at the head table with the other big people now, and anyone who differs has no logic for argument. Not after the Horned Frogs shackled Wisconsin Saturday 21-19. Not after they whooped and wept and waved to the purple part of the stadium that saw this coming all along.

Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Big 10 Blogger -- Wisconsin's run-heavy, clock-eating drive at the end of Saturday's game was the exception rather than the rule. Too often the Badgers strayed from what had made them Big Ten champions, and it cost them in a 21-19 loss to TCU.

Jeff Caplan, ESPN Dallas -- TCU linebacker Tank Carder's bat-down of Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien's two-point conversion pass attempt will instantly go down in school lore as perhaps the biggest play in the program's history. Without a doubt it will be one of the most talked about plays for a long time.

Kevin Sherrington Dallas Morning News -- "The goal was to win the national championship," Carder said, "and that's the only reason I feel like we came up short."

For this, the Frogs have no one to blame but an imperfect system. One and maybe two teams will finish ahead of TCU in the final polls. Auburn and Oregon, teams from conferences superior to the Mountain West, may indeed deserve to be ranked ahead of TCU. That's how it looks in theory.

But wouldn't you like to find out on a football field, just to make sure?

"Yeah," Carder said, smiling, "that'd be awesome."

Dave Curtis, The Sporting News -- Hell froze over here Saturday as daylight faded to darkness around college football's greatest venue. The shock wasn't that TCU edged Wisconsin in a 21-19 thriller -- in a best-of-seven format, these teams would need every game to decide a series. No, it was that the Horned Frogs had completed their program's charge into college football's elite. Welcome to the penthouse, TCU. And enjoy the beginning of what appears to be a years-long stay.

Thayer Evans, Fox Sports -- Of course, we'll never know thanks to the corrupt BCS monopoly that's tilted against non-BCS conference teams like the Horned Frogs. It's the same closed society whose members have leaders such as Ohio State president Gordon Gee, who popped off earlier this season about them playing "the Little Sisters of the Poor."

But luckily, the Associated Press poll smartly divorced itself from being part of the BCS formula six years ago. That's why its voters are the only ones who can award reparations for the atrocities of the BCS.

And they should by voting TCU first on their ballots. That's the only way the Horned Frogs can claim a piece of the national championship.

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