Boise State and TCU Battling a Third Time: The BCS Has Tipped Its Hat

Lace BanachekAnalyst IDecember 12, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Head Coach Chris Petersen of the Boise State Broncos meets Heads Coach Gary Patterson of TCU Horned Frogs after the Horned Frogs 17-16 win over the Broncos during the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 23, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The Boise State Broncos and Texas Christian Horned Frogs are set to meet for the third time in seven years. Each team has defeated the other once during that span.

This time around, No. 4 TCU and No. 6 Boise State will meet in the Fiesta Bowl to break the tie. Or will they be meeting one another because they are two of the best teams in the nation and are deserving of the honor?

Rumors have the Broncos and Horned Frogs upset over the BCS committee saddling them up for another match instead of placing them against BCS opponents like Iowa, Cincinnati or Florida.

These two teams are not upset over the matchup. How could they be? It is an honor to play in the BCS Bowl games and there is a lot of money riding on the success of these Bowls.

It was a logical decision by the BCS letting the two mid-majors beat upon themselves instead of Cincinnati or Iowa. It is true that TCU, Boise State, and Cincinnati deserved to play the best because of their undefeated seasons and their rankings.

In fact, until the committee made their choice to place Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl against Florida, it seemed logical that they would be playing TCU. Heck, a last-second field goal from the Texas Longhorns kept one of those two marvelous teams out of the championship game.

The BCS committee is well aware of what most likely happened and many feel that TCU was the better of the two teams and may very well have been the best team in the nation.

Having said that, it most likely would not have been the wisest of moves had the BCS committee pitted Boise State against Iowa and TCU against Cincinnati.

Other than the championship game, there are only four BCS Bowls. How would it have looked for the prestigious BCS had two mid-majors won in two of the four Bowls? The media would have been all over it.

In fact the media has just begun to accept the BCS busters as legitimate teams and worthy of BCS attention.

The BCS concurs and that is why the Broncos and Horned Frogs were ranked so high and have maintained their rank and improved on it for most of the season.

In reality the BCS has tipped their virtual hat to the two BCS busters, placing them against one another in a very lucrative bowl. What greater honor could the BCS have bestowed upon Boise State and TCU?

The Fiesta Bowl match up was not certainly to show who was the greater of the two. It was also not to break the tie.

TCU and Boise have brought different teams to each match, although the current TCU resembles last year’s squad more so than the Broncos.

The reason for the Fiesta Bowl match up was because those two deserve to play one another. And that’s another story. Go Broncos!


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