Running the table would give Texas a realistic shot at the Fiesta Bowl; one stumble and the Horns will likely land in the Alamo Bowl against a Big 10 runner-up. Both Fiesta Bowl and Alamo Bowl officials were in the Texas press box Saturday.
The top 12 teams are eligible for BCS Bowl consideration. The champion of each of the six major conferences earn automatic BCS Bowl berths, along with two at-large teams. BCS ratings will be released each Monday until the final list is presented on Dec. 7.
"I think we talk too much about the end and not the current," Brown said. "I told the guys last week, Lets enjoy being at Texas and lets enjoy playing Nebraska. Whats happened in college football is everybodys talking about elimination. Thats the only thing anybody talks about from day one. Its putting too much pressure on the players and taking too much fun away from them. I want these guys to have fun and, if were good enough, well have our shots in the end but to do that weve got to beat Oklahoma State. And if we start talking about this being an elimination game, shoot, then every one weve got is an elimination game."
While Big 12 brethren Nebraska (No. 18), Oklahoma State (No. 19) and Missouri (No. 24) were included in this weeks ratings, the all-important Top 12 teams are:
3. Florida State
5. Ohio State
6. Virginia Tech