Any questions about whether TCU deserved to be in the national title picture were soundly answered this afternoon at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.
The No. 3 Horned Frogs beat No. 5 Utah 47-7 in a huge Mountain West showdown. TCU didn't just beat Utah, the Horned Frogs dominated. TCU outgained Utah 558-199. TCU had 23 first downs to Utah's 11. TCU controlled the ball for 39 minutes.
TCU quarterback Andy Dalton was superb, passing for 355 yards and three touchdowns.
The nation's No. 1-ranked defense made things very uncomfortable for Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn, who threw two interceptions.
There were some questions about how good Utah really was, with its best win this season coming against Pittsburgh in overtime. Still, TCU went into Rice-Eccles Stadium and snapped Utah's 21-game winning streak in convincing fashion.
Utah is out of the BCS bowl conversation. What will be interesting is what happens to TCU down the road. If Oregon and Auburn win out, a potentially unbeaten TCU team is likely left out of the BCS national title game. And if TCU remains unbeaten, does a one-loss team from one of the power conferences, say LSU, jump the Horned Frogs?