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Boise State's loss is TCU's gain

No. 4 Boise State's stunning 34-31 overtime loss at No. 19 Nevada on Friday night ended any hopes of the Broncos making it to Glendale for the BCS national title game. The loss also eliminates Boise State from a BCS at-large bid. Boise State will now be in a minor bowl.

So, who benefits? Well, Oregon and Auburn will play for the national title IF they both win next week. Auburn plays South Carolina in the SEC title game and Oregon plays Oregon State in the Civil War.

A loss by either Oregon or Auburn puts No. 3 TCU in prime position to play for the title. Even with Oregon and Auburn winning next week, TCU -- if the Horned Frogs finish unbeaten -- will get a BCS at-large bid, especially with Boise State losing.

TCU also had to worry about Boise State jumping to No. 3 in the BCS standings with a win over Nevada.

Boise State (10-1, 6-1 in the WAC) led Nevada 24-7 late in the third quarter. But Nevada star quarterback Colin Kaapernick scored from 18 yards to cut into the deficit. Nevada then scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and teams went into overtime tied 31-31.

Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman missed a 26-yard field goal with two seconds left in regulation and then missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime.

Nevada (11-1, 6-1) redshirt freshman kicker Anthony Martinez made a 34-yard field goal to win it.

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