FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU coach Gary Patterson said he'd be disappointed, but understanding if his team didn't play for a national title because Auburn and Oregon were undefeated.
But what if one loses this weekend and his Horned Frogs still don't get a chance to play for the big prize?
"I think we should be given the opportunity," Patterson said. "I'm Joe Fan and I believe that we should have the opportunity to be able to do that. That's what I've been taught. That's been the American way. We'll see how it turns out."
Patterson said he's preparing for the Rose Bowl (that's expected to be Wisconsin) and not worrying about what might or might not happen.
"There's not anything I can do about it," Patterson said. "I'm not sure whoever we play in the Rose Bowl isn't as good as anyone we could play in the national championship game. So we're going to prepare for it because I've already watched them on film and I can assure you they are as good as anyone."
Patterson said he thinks about the fact that TCU won't go undefeated every year and that he'd like to get a shot at a national championship.
"You can only do what you can control," Patterson said. "I've always been one that's defended the system. Will I be disappointed that we don't get to play for the national title? Yes. If both are undefeated, all three of us would have a case. Every one of those other two teams can say their pyramid is colored in the same as ours is and they have every right to be there."