#16 Utah at #4 TCU: A Neutral Look

Ryan HealeyCorrespondent INovember 8, 2009

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs talks on the sideline in the game against the San Diego State Aztecs on November 7, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.   TCU won 55-12.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Utah Utes head to Amon G. Carter Stadium to face the TCU Horned Frogs and are hoping to derail TCU's BCS hopes and to make them undefeated no longer.

This game is a key game for both teams seeing they are currently tied at 5-0 in the Mountain West Conference. 

This is another hurdle TCU must pass in order to be a contender in the BCS or even the National Championship game. So far they have gotten by three tough opponents in Virginia, Clemson, and BYU. 

TCU's quarterback Andy Dalton has been impressive going 132/207 with 1,881 yards with 16 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Dalton has also rushed for 341 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

On the defensive side of the ball TCU has only been giving up an average of 11 points per game. 

TCU's rushing game is lead by Joseph Turner, Edward Wesley, and Matthew Tucker. So far they have gone for a combined 1,424 yards with 16 touchdowns

Utah on the other hand has only one loss and that was to the Oregon Ducks. 

Utah last week against New Mexico started true freshman Jordan Wynn who had replaced Terrance Cain in the Wyoming game after he had a lack luster showing. 

Coach Kyle Whittingham has to decide once again to start Cain or Wynn seeing the Horned Frogs are not Wyoming or New Mexico. 

Wynn so far has gone 27/42 with 379 yards and 4 touchdowns to 1 interception.

Cain on the other hand has gone 137/287 with 1,624 yards and 15 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. He also has 2 rushing touchdowns. 

Utahs rushing attack is lead by Eddie Wide who has had 131 carries to go along with 809 yards and 8 touchdowns. 

I have had the opportunity to catch TCU twice so far on TV against Clemson and BYU the rest of what I have seen have been highlights. For Utah I have seen only one game and that was when they played at Oregon. 

From what I have seen and read about TCU especially after they routed BYU I have no doubt that TCU will win this game by a wide margin. Also Utah doesn't know who will be their quarterback on Saturday and if it is a true freshman he is in for one tough game against TCU's defense. 

If TCU gets past this hurdle I have no doubt they get into a BCS game or even the National Championship game because anything could happen to Florida, Alabama, and Texas. 

ESPN's College Gameday will be in Fort Worth for the game and it will be televised on CBS at 7:30 Eastern Time. 

Stats courtesy of ESPN.

Standings are as of 11/8.