Crashing the party

Prior to their 2008 win over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl, the Cougars had not won a bowl game since 1980. This season, the Cougars have an opportunity to compete in a BCS bowl if they win out. If they do not win Conference USA, though, they will find themselves back in Fort Worth. | Photo illustration by Joshua Siegel/The Daily Cougar

Yes, College GameDay will be on campus this Saturday.

Yes, Boise State’s loss to TCU made the Cougars the leading contender to capture an at-large bid for a BCS bowl.

But the Cougars’ work is far from over, and a loss in any of their critical remaining games could send them from being a BCS-buster back to the all-too-familiar Armed Forces Bowl.

Whether the Cougars win or lose on Saturday against SMU, they remain in the hunt for a BCS bowl, because it would not cost them a shot at the Conference USA championship.

UH’s matchup against Tulsa on Nov. 25 is the key. A loss at H.A. Chapman Stadium means that the Cougars would not qualify for the C-USA Championship Game — winning your conference is requisite for earning an at-large bid.

If they defeat the Golden Hurricane, a win over presumably Southern Miss. in the championship game would also be necessary

The road to a BCS bowl is easy, “Just win, baby!”

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