San Diego Showdown: Boise State Will Run Away With Poinsettia Bowl

Mark PaynterContributor IDecember 9, 2008

Well...we finally made it. Another season of college football has come and is almost gone. We are in the final stages of determining who the best is and whom will be living with heartache until September of '09, where redemption lives.

Sure, the national championship is a compelling competition to gaze at...however, it may not be the best bowl game to watch. A non-BCS matchup of two former foes is set to take place on Dec. 23 in San Diego. The ninth-ranked Boise State Broncos are in line to face the 11th-ranked Horned Frogs of TCU.

The combined records of these two teams is an impressive 22-2, both losses of course being dealt to TCU, and both to BCS bowl teams. Boise State, however, managed to streak through the season undefeated, once again. That tallies three times in five years the Broncos have managed to go unscathed and have been without a number other than zero in the loss column.

So, let's all take a deep breath and try to figure out what we will be seeing a few days before Christmas in the Poinsettia Bowl. How about a surprisingly larger margin of victory for one team than the experts are predicting?

Experts have already made their case that TCU is the real team to beat in this year's Poinsettia Bowl. Their only losses coming to Oklahoma and Utah seems to pump the positive energy regarding this team into the nation's foremost experts.

Boise State, yet again, will be facing media adversity. The 12-0 Broncos dominated their regular season and rarely faced chances of defeat. The Broncos will not take this opponent lightly, and this will assure them of victory.

Yes, I said it here first. Boise State will win this game...and not by three or seven points either.

TCU comes into this game second in the nation in penalty yards, their quarterback threw for 2,000 yards and 11 touchdowns, and their leading rusher carried for under 500 yards on the season. They average over 400 yards per game. However, they haven't faced a defense as fast and tenacious as Boise State's.

Boise State has playmakers on both sides of the ball and on special teams. Look for Kellen Moore to throw for 300+ yards, the running attack to total 125+ yards, and special teams to make a big play. TCU's lack of offensive explosion will hurt them all game.

Prediction... Boise State 38, TCU 20.