At least not as much as they think, assuming they don't make the Rose Bowl. Try this on for size...
Furd is having a season eerily similar to our 2004 campaign. New-ish coach (4th yr. Harbaugh vs. 3rd yr. JT), stud QB, running the table except for 1 loss to the consensus #1 in the country, ending up around #4.
So basically, they've had one golden year, just like we have under Tedford, and nothing else yet.
Sure, the difference is that they will get to a BCS bowl while we didn't, but that was because of a different system as well as Mack Brown's trickery. Our 2004 team accomplished everything in the regular season that Furd's 2010 team did.
We couldn't take the next step after 2004. It remains to be seen whether Furd will. The smart money says no.
Other than that, our current HC is still 7-2 against Furd in the last 9 Big Games. Last week's debacle doesn't erase that, even though it sure felt like it did at the time.
So, does this theory have legs?