The Horns' Sunday poll climb should presage a similar move in Monday's BCS standings. Texas held the No. 6 spot in last week's rankings, behind Nebraska, Miami, Oklahoma, Florida and Oregon. In the standings scheduled for release Monday afternoon, the Hurricanes should be the runaway leader, followed by the idle Gators, with either UT or Oregon grabbing the No. 3 spot. Obviously, with two weeks remaining before the final BCS standings release, that probable No. 3/4 ranking would put the Horns within' striking distance of a top two finish, and thus a Rose Bowl berth, with a win Saturday over the Buffs in the Big 12 Championship Game and with a little help from elsewhere.
The scenario: UT over CU and either (or both) Miami losing this Saturday to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg or the winner of this Saturday's match-up between Florida and Tennessee losing in the SEC Championship Game to that league's West Division champ (plus, an Oregon loss to Oregon State this Saturday may also be needed). The result: the Horns in the Rose Bowl.
If Texas handles Colorado but stays outside of the BCS top two, the 11-1 Horns could still wind up in either the Fiesta or the Sugar Bowl. The Big 12 champ, if not in the Rose Bowl, is scheduled to play in Phoenix (probably vs. Oregon), but there is some speculation that the Fiesta could "trade" UT to the Sugar in exchange for Nebraska.
The Horns also could sneak into the Sugar even with a loss to the Buffs this Saturday, although the New Orleans bowl is more likely to take 11-1 Nebraska in that scenario, sending 10-2 Texas to either the Cotton or the Holiday Bowl.