TCU only has SMU to blame! For ruining the SWC back in the day. Which would undoubtedly have been an AQ conference. Thereby allowing TCU to play better competition throughout the year.
You see SMU is actually to blame. Doesn't this make sense to you?! fug you Craig James!
Really I don't think TCU could beat Oregon or Auburn. So this situation gives them a #2 final ranking and a Rose Bowl win. Losing the NC game would not give them anything.
No one remembers the loser of the NC, but they do remember the Rose, Sugar, Cotton, etc champions.