The Broncos and Horned Frogs return virtually the same offenses from last year's matchup.
TCU's starting backfield remains the same, led by dual-threat quarterback Andy Dalton and running back Joseph Turner. Two of their top running backs this season were not on the field against Boise State last season, Matthew Tucker and Ed Wesley.
However, neither of these players are standouts, (both averaging less than 60 ypg. and scored under 10 td's) and will only play side roles in the Fiesta Bowl.
TCU does not have wide receivers that have been dominating the stats sheet this season.
Boise State must keep an eye on sophomore Antoine Hicks, who scored six times this season. Other than Hicks, Boise State played against the Horned Frogs other two top receivers, Jeremy Kerley and Jimmy Young, last season.
The similar personnel should be an advantage to Boise State, because they will be prepared to face the same players as last year.
Boise State has two studs that did not play in the Poinsettia Bowl. Sophomore running back Doug Martin averages over six yards per rush and has scored 14 touchdowns on the ground.
Martin was the player from the stat on the first page, a preseason backup safety that went back to his original position in the backfield and has had a terrific season.
Junior wide receiver Titus Young is a deep threat that leads the Broncos in receptions and has scored 14 touchdowns. Young was suspended for the entire 2008 season, including the bowl game.
He is a triple threat that has scored 10 receiving touchdowns, two rushing and two on kickoff returns (and another nullified from a penalty, and recovered a TD in the endzone after a Bronco fumble). His statistics are much more appealing than Hicks, leading in receptions, touchdowns, and yards.