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TCU-UNLV: The Frogs Will Take of Business, Rather than Party in Las Vegas

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs carries the ball against defensive back Anthony Wright Jr. #5 of the Air Force Falcons at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  TCU beat Air Force 38-7.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Pete MisthaufenAnalyst IOctober 29, 2010

In a weekend where two or more undefeated teams may go down, a week where Boise State looked very average on a Tuesday night, one undefeated will avoid the bright lights and thrills of Las Vegas.

Vegas will be a wild and crazy place this Halloween weekend, as hundreds of thousands of party goers will the Strip, the clubs, the shows, and the tables. 

Miles away from the Strip, from the neon lights, another group will be in town to take of business and move on, blue-collar players doing a job and moving on to next weekend.

TCU (8-0) visits one of the two worst teams in the Mountain West Conference, UNLV.

It was only last year's preseason when many observers had thought the Rebels were on the verge of jumping into the top half of the MWC, if not into the top three.

Instead, UNLV has fallen back and is in serious rebuilding mode. 

While UNLV only has one win ever over TCU (in the pre-Patterson era of 1997), the last two contests have been no contests, as TCU won 44-14 and 41-0.

This season, the nation's best defense (and maybe the nation's best defense since the 1980s) will likely easily deal with a very bad UNLV squad under first year coach Bobby Hauck.

The Frogs are a 35-point favorite and Gary Patterson will be able to dictate the final score.  Patterson hates style points, but it will be very hard for TCU not to score in the forty to fifty range, while holding the Rebels to less than ten points.

TCU may use this game to get ready for the epic battle with Utah next week in Salt Lake City.  TCU has never won in Salt Lake, but had the Utes beat in 2008 for 59 minutes and missed two field goals late in the game in order to lose to the Utes.

But TCU will not overlook the Rebels and will pound UNLV for good measure.  Not for style points, mind you.  Just because they can and it will shorten the game, as TCU pounds the ball over and over again.

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