That one precious second Texas got back vs Nebraska certainly impacted much. It kept a probable MWC team (TCU) out of the National Championship game (ok, acknowledging Cincy would have been a prime candidate also with poll shifts). It would have made the MWC autobid case so much stronger for the future, and even stronger if they'd win the game. A lot of implications for just one second. Had Nebraska been in that situation, wonder if the second would have been granted? Not saying Texas didn't deserve it; the official time keeper is the one that fully knows, and he made his ruling. Nevertheless, it's a judgment call, that they took a second look at; and from outward appearances (TV and what was stated later), seems worthy of being called correct.
That Alabama/Florida winner vs Texas seemed planned from the early weeks of the season, and some officiating, in close situations, throughout the season seemed friendly to the concept. And of course, in the very early part of the season, USC was once again being called things, by some sports figures, like "team of the millenium", only to get pounded within their own conference shortly thereafter. The expectations game with favorites often gets over-stated or helps facilitate a prophecy with mega bucks involved.
As a footnote, all this whining about Notre Dame lost 6 close games; they also need to mention that 4 of their wins were very close. Only wins vs Nevada and Washington State were solid. Being a .500 team looks about right.
That 1 second also permitted Boise St. to join the BCS club. Had Texas lost, the Fiesta would have invited Texas (but probably not TCU as the matchup). so (2) non BCS schools got in this year due to the Texas last second FG