On night of December 6th when the BCS bowl game announcements were made, there seemed to be a bit of bitter sweet in the air on campuses at both Boise State and TCU. The Broncos and Horned Frogs had each recently completed unbeaten and conference championship seasons, earned berths into the holy grail of college football with BCS invites and both sat in the top six nationally.
But, there seemed to hang in the air a slight twinge of disappointment in both Fort Worth and Boise. Certainly not based on crashing the BCS party or playing in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Or, a lack of respect for each other as programs. More so because the two were pitted against each other in a bowl game for the second straight year and third time in seven years, and not able to step outside and battle teams from the quote-unquote BCS conferences instead.
Almost a month has passed since the initial announcement and as the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl approaches, the matchup between TCU and Boise State presents as intriguing a bowl game as there is and the only non-national championship game in BCS history to pit two undefeated teams against each other. The winner could very well finish the season as the number two team nationally in every final poll, put a strong resume together for a pre-season top 10 (if not top five) ranking for 2010 and realistically place national championship contender in its pre-season outlook for next year.
Leading up to Monday's kick-off, BroncoSports.com will break down the pivotal game, and further develop the storylines of the game:
1. Pressure Point: Sack master versus an o-line that doesn't give up sacks.
2. Quarterback Consistency: Two of the highest rated passers in the nation will dual it out in the desert.
3. Downhill Running: Ball control is the staple of the TCU game, while Boise State's ability to establish the run is key to offensive success.
4. Make It Special: With dynamic return men all over the field, special teams will be something to behold...and set field position.
5. Hold On To The Rock: Two teams that excel in forcing turnovers meet in a game where turnovers could be the deciding factor.
6. Familiar Foes: Boise State and TCU have risen together in national prominence this decade, following similar paths and meeting each other in three bowl games in the past 7 years.