Brown: BCS 'Least of Our Worries'

Coach Mack Brown admitted he was a little surprised that Texas was rated as low as No. 9 in the first BCS rankings of the season. Then again, the BCS is "the least of our worries" as the Horns prepare for a pivotal road trip to Nebraska.

"I thought we’d probably be fifth," Brown said Monday. "People started asking what it (No. 9 ranking) meant and what happened."

‘What happened’ was that Texas’ average ranking in the six computer polls, accounting for one-third of a team’s score, slotted the Horns at No. 15. The Horns are ranked fifth in both human polls (Coaches, Harris) affiliated with the BCS; the team is also No. 5 in the Associated Press Poll which withdrew from the BCS at the end of the 2004 season.

"For us, right now, it’s very unimportant," Brown added. "For one thing, somebody else has to get beat because as long as those at the top are undefeated, none of the rest of us matter anyway in the BCS. Secondly, there’s not much difference between No. 4 and No. 9. If you play good teams and you win your games, you’ll be in the mix. You’ll have your chance."

Texas could start earning some style points as early as this Saturday’s trip to Nebraska. The remaining five foes currently sport a 23-10 mark, including two nationally ranked teams (No. 16/17 Nebraska, No. 23/25 Texas A&M). The collective record of Texas’ first six opponents is 25-21, primarily due to Ohio State’s and Oklahoma’s 11-2 mark. The Sooners are No. 22 in the initial BCS poll while the Huskers are No. 17.

"Nebraska has got the same issues because they’ve got one loss," Brown said. "The (Big 12) Conference championship is much more important to us right now than the BCS because we haven’t proven that we deserve to be in that mix at the end. We have a lot of work to do before we get there."

There will clearly be some shakeout between now and when the final standings are released on December 3; six of the teams rated in front of Texas in the BCS still have to face each other (No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan, No. 5 West Virginia and No. 7 Louisville, No. 2 USC and No. 8 Notre Dame).

"People have asked if I’m disappointed," Brown concluded. "I don’t think it’s a factor at this point for us. I hope that we’re talking about the computer ratings in the end, and we still have just one loss. That would be exciting for us. I’m not near there, after playing Baylor and getting ready to go to Lincoln. The BCS is the least of our worries this week."

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