Big 12 new member update: TCU

Time for our weekly checkup on the Big 12's new members. Next up: Putting a wrap on TCU's season.

Record: 10-2 (7-0 Mountain West)

National rank: No. 18 in the BCS standings. No. 16 in the AP poll. No. 15 in the USA Today poll.

Last result: Beat UNLV 56-9 at home

What to know: Get those late-seasons blowouts out of your system TCU, because they don't happen much in the Big 12. Except for, well, this year. TCU cruised to a 24-point win and 47-point win after upsetting Boise State to take control of the Mountain West Conference.

The lopsided win gave Gary Patterson's team its third consecutive Mountain West Conference title, the first team to ever do so.

Now that, Texas A&M and Mizzou, is how you leave a league. When TCU leaves for the SEC in 2015, I'm sure it'll have a similar streak.

TCU didn't get on the board until the 1:21 mark of the first quarter after trailing 3-0, but outscored the Rebels 49-3 from that point until the fourth quarter.

The Horned Frogs were hopeful, but were ranked No. 18 in the BCS and denied a spot in a BCS bowl. Any champion from a non-automatic qualifying conference is guaranteed a BCS berth by finishing in the top 16 and higher than a champion from a league with an automatic BCS berth.

Instead, they're headed to the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to face Louisiana Tech, which won its final seven games, including a win over SEC member Ole Miss, to reach 8-4.

Patterson declined to state his team's case for a third consecutive trip to the BCS.

"But I will tell you this, I will be interested in seeing the voting," Patterson said. "Never have [campaigned], not going to do it now. I didn't do it back in 2008, didn't do it in 2009, didn't do it in 2010, sure not going to do it in 2011. We're a lot better football team than we were at the start of the year."

TCU's season won't end where it hoped, but consider this: The Horned Frogs are dangerously close to playing for a national title. They took a 48-47 lead on the road against Baylor on the opening weekend of the season before RG3 got loose and the Bears won on a last-second field goal.

Their other loss came in overtime to SMU, though the Horned Frogs rallied from a 33-17 fourth-quarter deficit.

For teams like TCU, especially, there's a fine, fine line between a spot in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game and the Poinsettia Bowl.