TCU moved a big step closer to busting up the BCS.
The Horned Frogs jumped to sixth place in the Bowl Championship Series standings Monday, the highest ranking ever for an outsider to the system.
"We understand those things are in the hands of other people," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "We feel privileged to be where we're at. We really appreciate the respect around the country."
TCU (10-0) needs to remain in the top six to guarantee a bid to one of the four most lucrative bowls.
Oklahoma remained the runaway leader in the standings that will determine which two teams will play for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl.
Southern California leads the three one-loss teams hoping to challenge Oklahoma for the title, followed by Ohio State and LSU.
The formula uses the AP media and USA Today/ESPN coaches' polls, seven computer rankings, strength of schedule, losses and a bonus-point system for quality wins.