With a loss to TCU, Texas -- which had won four games in a row and had been contenders for a BCS bowl -- took a step back toward mediocrity in humiliating fashion.
Texas has done this before. Holiday Bowl wins launched trips to the BCS, then to title games. So that's why, as the Longhorns continue to climb back to the top, they seem to know the way.
BYU is OK with its football independence, but knows that BCS affiliation would be hard to say no to if the Big 12 came calling.