Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Louisville stands in TCU's way of BCS debate

College football notebook

The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU knows there's only one way to continue the debate about whether it deserves to be part of the Bowl Championship Series: Keep winning.

For the No. 13 Horned Frogs (8-0, 5-0 Conference USA), who along with No. 1 Oklahoma are the only undefeated teams in major-college football, there is no game bigger than tonight's against Louisville (7-1, 3-1 C-USA). It is the toughest on TCU's schedule and is being televised nationally when no other game is being played.

"It's a great game to be spotlighted in as long as you win," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "All of that other stuff doesn't make a difference. I know if we don't beat Louisville all of these conversations don't mean much."

TCU is No. 9 in the BCS standings, the same spot it reached in 2000 after a 7-0 start.

The Horned Frogs have to climb three more spots and finish there to become the first team from a non-BCS conference guaranteed a berth in one of the four BCS bowls.

Officials from the Fiesta Bowl, one of the lucrative BCS games, will be there tonight.

MARSHALL: Quarterback Stan Hill will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee.

The injury was a straight anterior cruciate ligament tear, which will keep Hill out until the spring.

Graham Gochneaur will start at quarterback for the Herd (6-3, 4-1 Mid-American) against the Miami RedHawks on Nov. 12.

CENTRAL FLORIDA: Quarterback Ryan Schneider was suspended for the rest of the season by coach Mike Kruczek.

Kruczek said Schneider violated team rules that he would not specify. Central Florida hosts the Miami RedHawks on Nov. 28 in a season-ending MAC game.

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