TCU and Boise State both received BCS bowl invitations and still managed to get screwed. They should have been placed in separate games against schools from one of the "Big 6" conferences, and not pitted against each other for the third time in seven years.
We already know they can beat up on other so-called "non-BCS" teams, but everyone is curious to see how these teams would fare against Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa or Cincinnati. My guess is that those schools lobbied against such matchups as recent history indicates the 'little guys' would emerge victorious over the 'big boys' and the BCS apparently can't allow that to happen.
Imagine the embarrassment if teams from the Mountain West and WAC improved to a combined 5-1 in BCS bowl games. Utah is already 2-0 in such contests with a 35-7 rout of Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl (2004 season) and a 31-17 romp over Alabama in last season's Sugar Bowl; and the WAC's Boise State won its only previous BCS bowl when it capped its unbeaten 2006 season (13-0) with a 43-42 overtime victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Hawaii's loss to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl two years ago is the only time a non-BCS team failed to win its BCS bowl game. This year's matchup basically forces a loss on one.
Of course, once the game begins, each of these teams will be trying to preserve an undefeated season and only one can survive. Last year, Utah was the only team that completed the entire season with an unblemished record (13-0).
TCU is 12-0 and on a 14-game winning streak, second longest in the nation behind Texas's 15. The Horned Frogs have won or shared titles in three different conferences since 1999 - the MWC in 2009 and 2005, CUSA in 2002 and the WAC in 2000 and 1999.
Boise State is 13-0 and undefeated in the regular season for the fourth time since 2004. The Broncos have won or shared the WAC title in 7 of the 8 years that they have been a member of the conference with Hawaii's 2007 outright title standing as the only exception. Since 2002, Boise State is 90-7 in the regular season and 93-11 overall.
TCU and Boise State have combined to win, or share, 9 of the last 11 WAC titles. (TCU left the WAC after the 2000 season and Boise State entered in 2001).
The following is courtesy of the Mountain West Conference
Both teams finished the regular season undefeated and will meet in a bowl game for the second consecutive year. TCU and Boise State met in last year’s San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl after being the two remaining at-large teams in the BCS pool following the 10-team selection. This year’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl marks the first time two undefeated teams will face each other in a BCS game other than the national championship.
TCU is making its first appearance in a BCS bowl and the MWC’s third overall. The Horned Frogs enter the game with the second-longest win streak in the country at 14 games. The Frogs finished the year with a No. 4 ranking in the BCS
Standings, marking the highest finish for a non-automatic qualifying team.
Boise State finished the regular season with a 13-0 record, marking the second straight year the Broncos have finished the regular season undefeated.
This year’s game will feature two of the nation’s top offensive and defensive teams. TCU ranks first in total defense (223.25 ypg), while Boise State is first in scoring offense (44.15 ppg). TCU head coach Gary Patterson was the linebacker coach for UC Davis in 1986 when Boise State head coach Chris Peterson was the Aggies’ starting quarterback.
THE SERIES - TIED 1-1
TCU and Boise State are meeting for the third time overall and second consecutive year in a bowl game. The Horned Frogs defeated the Broncos, 17-16, in last season's Poinsettia Bowl, outgaining Boise State in total yards (472-250) and total first downs (28 to 15). The only other meeting between the teams also came in the postseason as then-18th-ranked Broncos defeated then-19th-ranked Frogs, 34-31, in the inaugural Fort Worth Bowl in 2003.
TCU VS. WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
TCU is 10-3-1 all-time vs. teams that make up the current Western Athletic Conference - Boise State (1-1), Fresno State (2-1), Hawai`i (2-0), Idaho (1-0), Nevada (1-0), San Jose State (1-1) and Utah State (2-0-1). Since joining the Mountain West in 2005, the Horned Frogs have not faced a WAC opponent during the regular season.
BOISE STATE VS. MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
BOISE STATE is 10-1 against teams from the Mountain West since its inception in 1999 - BYU (2-0), New Mexico (2-0), TCU (0-1), Utah (2-0) and Wyoming (4-0).
BOWL GAME RECORDS
TCU is making its first appearance in a BCS bowl. The Horned Frogs are making their fifth consecutive bowl game appearance and have earned a bid to the postseason in 11 of the last 12 years. The Horned Frogs are 11-12-1 overall in bowl competition. TCU has won four straight bowl games for the first time in school history. The team is one of just seven programs nationally to have a current bowl win streak of at least four in row. TCU is 7-3 in bowl games with head coach Gary Patterson on its coaching staff and 5-3 with him as head coach.
BOISE STATE is playing in its second BCS game and 10th bowl game in 11 years. In 2006, Boise State earned a bid to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and ended the season with a 43-42 overtime victory vs. Oklahoma. Overall, the Broncos are 5-4 in postseason games. Boise State is looking to snap a two-game losing streak in bowl games after falling to TCU in last year’s Poinsettia Bowl and losing to East Carolina, 41-38, in the 2007 Hawaii Bowl.
RECORDS VS. OTHER 2009 BOWL TEAMS
TCU went 6-0 against teams playing in bowl games this season. The Horned Frogs defeated Clemson (14-10), SMU (39-14), Air Force (20-17), BYU (38-7), Utah (55-28) and Wyoming (45-10).
BOISE STATE went 5-0 vs. 2009 bowl teams. The Broncos defeated Oregon (19-8), Fresno State (51-34), Bowling Green (49-14), Idaho (63-25) and Nevada (44-33).
GARY PATTERSON is 85-27 in his 10th season at TCU and overall.
CHRIS PETERSEN is 48-4 in his 4th season at Boise State and overall.