No. 4 TCU hosting BYU should actually mean something greater than what it is. But a 29-point line favoring TCU indicates this is just another blowout on the schedule. It is. It should be. It will be.
But as Texas prepares to play Nebraska in the We Hate You More Bowl, there is a similar story line to the game in Fort Worth.
With BYU going all-Notre Dame on the country and announcing it will leave the Mountain West Conference so it can be an indepedent, Saturday's game will be the last between the two conference powers.
"I feel badly about it because, No. 1, you have relationships with their people at BYU and Utah and you won't ever see them," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "You see them on the field, or at media days. Somedays you win, and somedays you lose. You respect them. To not have that relationship any more within in a league ... it's different. This game has nothing to do with what's going to happen after the season."
He's right. BYU's decision to be Notre Dame had zero to do with the head coach, or athletic director. This decision was made way high up the food chain. Same with Utah.
That said, TCU has an obligation to put a beat down on the Cougars this weekend as a "thanks for everything" on behalf of those remaining MWC teams.
- Mac Engel
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