FORT WORTH (AP) — Close victories aren't enough for TCU.
While the Horned Frogs (11-0) are still undefeated and remained third in the new BCS standings Sunday night, their margin ahead of Boise State got smaller after their closest victory of the season.
TCU had already dropped a spot to fourth behind the Broncos (9-0) in the AP poll earlier Sunday, a day after having to rally from a two-touchdown deficit then holding on to beat San Diego State.
"There are so many things going on that we have no control over," receiver Bart Johnson said after the 40-35 victory.
As center Jake Kirkpatrick put it: "We are 11-0, and not many people can say that."
But even after beating the Aztecs (7-3) to clinch at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title, TCU was passed by Boise State in the AP Top 25, as well as the USA Today coaches' and Harris polls — the two human polls that factor into the BCS standings.
Oregon and Auburn, the only other undefeated teams, remained 1-2 in all the polls after tight games of their own Saturday.
TCU and Boise State, the non-automatic qualifiers, are trying to position themselves for a shot at the BCS national title game if Oregon or Auburn slip and lose a game. Or at least a spot in the Rose Bowl.
Even if TCU and Boise State both finish undefeated, there is a distinct possibility that only one of them will be a BCS buster this time after they played each other in the Fiesta Bowl last season.
After the home finale, TCU now has to wait two weeks to finish its regular season.
A problem for the Frogs is that they will be favored to win by a large margin at New Mexico (1-9) on Nov. 27. So a lopsided victory will be expected and likely do little, if anything, to impress voters.
The Frogs also have to wait to see how being idle next weekend might affect them in the polls when Boise State, coming off a 52-14 victory over Idaho, will be playing Fresno State with a chance to put up more big numbers.
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