Just one thing to say this morning:
Texas is not one of the top 2 teams in the country. They are not one of the top 3 teams in the country. The notion that they should automatically get a pass into the BCS top 2 -- and the national-title game -- almost entirely because their jersey says "Texas" is as much of an indictment of the BCS system (and the AP poll) as anything institutional in the system itself.
With a handful of exceptions, BCS champs play great defense. Not just great, but excellent -- top 10 in the country. And what Texas did last night in allowing Texas A&M to score 39 points makes a mockery of the notion of defense as a BCS qualifying characteristic. (Please stop citing LSU '07 -- isn't that the team that everyone MOCKS for being a 2-loss champ?)
Texas allowed 21 points by half -- Florida hasn't allowed an opponent to score 21 points in a game, all season. Alabama allowed one opponent -- VA Tech in the season opener -- to score more than 21... 24. The Gators and Tide are ranked No. 1 and 2 in the country in scoring defense. Texas is a respectable 10th, but their performance last night was anything but.
The weird thing is that throughout the season, I had felt like Texas' defense was its key strength -- perhaps the best UT defense of recent memory (certainly better than the '05 title team, that had to rely on USC's mediocre defense to win a national title, rather than its own stout D.)
I'm not saying Texas isn't a very good team -- absolutely a Top 5 team. But I don't think any team that displays a defense like Texas did last night deserves to be in the Top 2 in the country. In fact, I don't think Texas is even the best team in its own state this year (that would be TCU).
Ironically: As a Florida (and SEC) fan, I should welcome Texas sashaying into the BCS title game -- it will make Florida's (or Alabama's) title run that much less taxing to play a defense that lets a team like Texas A&M score 39 points. What will Texas do to defend against a real offense -- or defense.
I will make one key caveat: Heading into last year's BCS title game, everyone assumed that Oklahoma's defense was typical Big 12 porous -- and they gave Florida's offense more trouble than any defense in the country last year. So let's leave it here: Big 12 defenses aren't as bad as they seem to be when you watch them... but they are hardly lights-out, either.
When Florida plays Alabama next week, I sure would like to see Texas playing TCU, rather than the Longhorns playing Nebraska. That would be a true national semifinal pairing.