This should be one of the better bowl games of the season when the No. 9 Boise State Broncos put their undefeated record on the line against the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs.
For my money, this is the best of the non-BCS bowl games. Boise State and TCU both made strong cases to be part of the BCS but were passed over. They’ll meet tonight in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. And something has gotta’ give.
The 9th-ranked Broncos come in at 11-0 winning their games by an average of over 27 points. Boise State also has the 12th-ranked offense in the nation, averaging 39 points a contest, but you won’t find many bettors who think BSU can lay a 30 spot on TCU.
The 11th rated Horned Frogs, whose only losses came to #2 Okalahoma and #10 Utah, boast the nation's second-ranked scoring defense, holding opponents to 10.9 points per game. Only 5th-ranked USC has allowed fewer points. TCU also has the top-ranked rushing defense, with opponents gaining 48.7 yards per game. They’re lead by defensive end Jerry Hughes, who leads the nation with 14 sacks and has 18½ tackles for loss. He also has two interceptions, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Not to be overlooked is the TCU offense. The Frogs have five players with at least 399 yards rushing, and lead the nation in time of possession (34:50). TCU ranks 13th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 215.6 yards per game. Frogs QB Andy Dalton has completed over 58% of his passes with over 2,000 yards and a touchdown to pick ration of 11-4.
The fans in San Diego will be in for a treat tonight. A freshman quarterback, Kellen Moore, leading the high-octane Broncos against one of the fastest and hardest hitting defenses in the country in the Frogs. It’s been very cold in Southern California the past week and rain is in the forecast, albeit a small percentage for tonights game. A game time temp of 50 degrees is expected with little or no wind.
The line opened as a pick but quickly shot up to TCU -3 with a total of 46. Good luck trying to get a read on this one. Not only will it be one of the best bowl games but one of the tougher ones to handicap.