the S.D.C.C.U. Poinsettia Bowl
Tuesday, December 23rd, 8:00pm
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sure the Broncos were undefeated this year, but they didn't have to play the likes of Oklahoma or Utah. Lots of big wins by both of these two... it'll be interesting to see who can hold it together in a close game, if that's the way it goes.
|Points (rank)||376.20 (#8)||272.51 (#16)|
|Opp. Points (rank)||-1,045.29 (#109)||-325.16 (#77)|
|Points (% of Opp. Avg)||39.4 (135%)||35.0 (126%)|
|dPoints (% of Opp. Avg)||12.3 (43%)||10.9 (38%)|
|Rush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||162.7 (101%)||215.7 (132%)|
|dRush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||104.9 (72%)||48.7 (24%)|
|Pass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||294.1 (133%)||201.4 (95%)|
|dPass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||189.6 (92%)||166.4 (73%)|
|Tot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||456.8 (119%)||417.1 (111%)|
|dTot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||294.5 (79%)||215.1 (56%)|
|ST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||100.3 (76%)||108.4 (88%)|
|dST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||140.8 (114%)||126.2 (109%)|
|Penalties / Pen. Yds||7.4 / 67.8||9.1 / 78.1|
|TO's / TO Margin||2.0 / +7||1.1 / +13|
Everybody's been raving about the TCU defense, and they're good, don't get me wrong, but the Boise State D is almost as tough. They're allowing under 13 points and 300 yards a game, which is stellar, even against their weak schedule. Keep an eye on one area though - special teams. Both teams average under what their opponents allow, and their dST allows a lot more than teams average. Whoever can get the return game going will have a big advantage.
The Line: Boise State +3
The Call: Boise State by 7
The Result: TCU 17-16
Great overall game from these two. The TCU D was as good as expected, but the Boise State D fell a bit flat. Not really any suprises on special teams like I was expecting - oh well. Let's hope some of the other big games match up to this one in terms of excitement.