The 2008-09 B/R College Football Quarterfinals: Utah-TCU

David ArreolaSenior Analyst IJanuary 26, 2009

Welcome, fellow haters of the BCS. It's a nice day to hate them, isn't it?

Three days ago, I started my own playoff system for this past college football season. The difference between mine and other people's is that the winners are chosen by the readers.

I realized that I never set ground rules for a timetable for the voting.

From now on, voting will end after three days AS LONG AS the percentage between the two teams is more than 20 percent. For example, if the percentage after three days is 60 to 40, the voting will be extended for two more days.

Now that we have that settled, let's keep things moving.

Last match up featured the No. 1-seeded Florida Gators taking on No. 8 Penn State.

The community has spoken and the Gators (receiving 80.4 percent of the votes) move on to the semifinals.

Now for this week's matchup.


Quarterfinals: No. 2 Utah Utes Vs. No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs

Why Utah will win....

Brian Johnson is one of the more accurate quarterbacks I have seen all year. His receivers are quick and find ways to get open.

The Utah defense showed the nation they are good as well, holding Alabama to less points than Florida's defense did.

They have a strong two-back rushing offense with Matt Asiata and Darrell Mack.

The defense can make stops, while the offense puts points on the board.


Why TCU will win....

TCU's No. 1 defense in the country will be the main factor in this game. TCU's offense struggled against Boise State and won mainly on their defense.

Quarterback Andy Dalton isn't exactly a big-name quarterback, but he has made the plays this year for TCU. I would expect him to continue that trend.

If the TCU defense can get to Johnson fast, his receivers won't be able to get open, thus resulting in sacks or picks.


My pick

In the previous matchup between these two, Utah won 13-10 on a late drive by Brian Johnson. I expect the same tight matchup, only a different result.

TCU pulls of the upset in a battle of non-BCS conference teams, 16-13


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