The thing nobody really notices is Tulsa. Specifically, that Tulsa has a perfect Conference USA record and would, with a win on Friday over Houston, host the Conference USA championship game.
This is because Tulsa scheduled itself into oblivion.
Nobody notices the Golden Hurricane because it lost to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State and for that has been shooed off to the margins, while Houston is 11-0, ranked eighth in the nation and two wins from playing in a BCS bowl game. And people are criticizing Houston's schedule? Welcome to college football.
The thinking goes something like this: Conference USA is not a strong enough league for its champion to be granted automatic qualification into the BCS bowl system, so in order to compensate for that and legitimize their seasons, C-USA teams should play difficult non-conference schedules, such as the one Tulsa played this year, or the one Houston played in 2009, when it beat Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.