As darkness collapsed on the Arroyo Seco and the 97th Rose Bowl late Saturday afternoon, it seemed TCU had thrown a Klieg light into the elitist dungeon that college football has become. The unbeaten Horned Frogs had made a case that the system stinks, that they deserved a chance to be No. 1.
But just as the third-ranked Frogs had shot down fifth-ranked Wisconsin, their coach, Gary Patterson, shot down the notion. He basically said that beating the Badgers 21-19 in the Rose Bowl was plenty, that this was close enough to college football heaven for him and his program.
What a bunch of conciliatory nonsense.