TCU (12-0) vs. Boise State (12-0)
Jan. 4, 8 p.m., (FOX)
While both teams are happy to be playing in a BCS bowl, it’s fair to say that playing each other has resulted in an anticlimactic ending to two undefeated campaigns.
The Boise State-TCU game is a rematch of last year’s Poinsettia Bowl in which TCU won 17-16. That game was Boise State’s consolation prize after not being selected as an at-large team despite finishing the year with an undefeated record.
This year’s game between Boise State and TCU might also seem like a consolation prize since both programs hoped to topple an automatic qualifying team and continue to show the parity between the AQ and non-AQ schools.
Still, this is a good matchup between two teams with top offenses and defenses.
TCU is the only team in the country that ranks in the top four in total defense and total offense. The Horned Frogs have the best defense in the country, led by defensive end Jerry Hughes and linebacker Daryl Washington. The defense allows just 23.25 yards per game and is especially tough against the pass. The Horned Frogs offense averages 40.67 points per game and 469.08 yards per game, which both rank No. 4 in the country.
Boise State has the nation’s top scoring defense with 44.15 yards per game and its offensive line allows .38 sacks per game. The Broncos rank second in passing efficiency and are No. 2 in turnover margin.