BCS Playoffs: No. 3 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. No. 6 Boise State Broncos

Ron Johnson@TLCCaptainSenior Writer IDecember 8, 2009

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 3: Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos gets off a pass under the rush of Zac Clark #99 and Terrance Montgomery #59 of the Oregon Ducks in the fourth quarter of the game on September 3, 2009 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 19-8. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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We continue with our look into the BCS Playoffs, but to give everyone peace of mind, these are just fantasy pieces. There's no telling if this really would have been the lineup, with the exception of the fact that we're building it like the NHL and NBA Playoffs, that is. Instead of a field of 64, we get a field of eight.

Now that the top two and bottom two teams are in the books, we take a look at the bottom half of the bracket. Up first is a battle of the Big East locking up with the WAC Conference.

No. 3 Cincinnati Bearcats (Big East Champions, 12-0)

If there is a team that refuses to lose, it's the Cincinnati Bearcats. Led by head coach Brian Kelly, the Cats managed to pull off a series of stunners at the last minute to not only secure an undefeated season, but also clinch the Big East Championship. Last weekend, they overcame a 21-point deficit to shock the Pitt Panthers in the Big East Championship Game. Now, they get a chance to prove that they are deserving of a BCS Championship berth by taking a shot at another undefeated team.

When Tony Pike went down with an injury, it didn't take long for Zach Collaros to man up and pick up the pieces for the Bearcats. This spells trouble right off the bat for anyone who doesn't take the Cats seriously. Despite not having a back over 1,000 yards rushing, the Cats do the most damage through the air as they had both of their quarterbacks over 1,000 yards through the air.

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Mardy Gilyard was the team's leading receiver as he finished the season with 1,150 yards. All these ingredients spell out a perfect ending for the Bearcats,especially if their coach decides to head to South Bend.

No. 6 Boise State Broncos (WAC Champions, 13-0)

The Broncos are once again on top of the WAC Conference. They are once again undefeated and once again, they felt the pinch of the BCS. The Broncos draw the Bearcats in the quarterfinals of the BCS Playoffs. This is possibly the most intriguing of matchups of the four games on the slate, but it will be nothing short of exciting nonetheless. With two high octane offenses hitting the field, there is sure to be some fireworks coming out of this one.

Kellen Moore accumulated almost 3400 yards through air and he had no problem spreading the ball around as he had a pair of receivers, Titus Young (969) and Austin Pettis (850) who were his favorite targets. Jeremy Avery handled the ground and pound portion of the Boise State Show as Chris Petersen's group helped Avery gather over 1,100 yards this season.

Defensive wise, the Broncos have a pair of guys with four interceptions each. To say that these two teams will leave it all on the field, is an understatement.

Words can't do this one justice. So sit back and enjoy a high octane game between the Bearcats and Broncos. This is what is called the ultimate battle of when East Meets West.


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