Tonight, at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN, the Poinsettia Bowl spotlights the top non-BCS teams, not playing in the BCS bowls this 2008-09 bowl season with the WAC's undefeated team, Boise State Broncos (12-0, Champs in the WAC) vs. the MWC's TCU Horned Frogs (10-2, 2ND in the MWC). While Utah, the MWC champs, represent the non-BCS teams in the BCS bowls, this game clearly is the top non-BCS bowl match up this year.
TCU's only two losses were at Oklahoma and at Utah. Two teams clearly projected better than Boise State. Boise State just wins games, vs. who they have met, including a quality win at Oregon in September.
What gives tonight in San Diego? Boise State is going for their second undefeated season in three years. Last year, the Broncos lost to East Carolina 38-41 in the Hawaii Bowl, while TCU won 20-13 over Houston in the Texas Bowl. Both teams last met in the '03 Fort Worth Bowl, where Boise State beat TCU 34-31. TCU has won three straight bowls, since the defeat to Boise State in '03, while the Broncos are 1-3.
Defense is the spotlight of TCU, Boise State always seems to find ways to typically score points on opponents. This should be one of the better bowl games of the bowl season.
Boise State 21