Are you suggesting there was no precedent for teams jumping other teams ahead of them, based on bowl results.
See the 77 National Title.
You're full of shit if you think that no one thought we had a chance at the title heading into that Cotton Bowl. A lot of people felt that if we beat A&M and FSU beat Nebraska, the head to head principle from 89 would be used again.
Moreover, we jumped from #5 to #1 in 77 after the bowl game.