Accessing the reality after No. 3 Boise State's convincing 37-24 win tonight against No. 24 Oregon State.
- This is the only common opponent both No. 4 TCU and No. 3 Boise played. TCU defeated the Beavers, 30-21, in Week 1.
- First reaction is that TCU coach Gary Patterson made a mistake when he elected not to go for a late score against the Beavers in the season opener when the outcome was already decided in the fourth quarter. The size of the final score matters.
- Oregon State was never really in this game the way it was in the first half against the Frogs. OSU QB Ryan Katz remains too erratic. Both TCU and Boise State are clearly better than the Beavers, especially up front.
- The difference between Boise State and TCU is in two areas - the Broncos defense is more experienced, and it shows. And their JR QB is better than TCU's SR QB. Broncos passer Kellen Moore is having a better season than TCU's Andy Dalton.
This season, Moore is 43-of-68 passing for 585 yards with 5 TDs and 1 int. He's been sacked twice.
Dalton is 67-of-97 passing for 798 yards with 5 TDs and 4 ints. He's been sacked three times.
But these things are fluid.
- TCU has a tougher remaining schedule of the two. The Frogs have Air Force and No. 13 Utah.
The only game Boise State may be seriously be challenged from here out is at Nevada, which is Nov. 26.
- I am tired of hearing how Boise State beat TCU last year and how that should have a factor this season. The two teams are different, and results from any season other than this one should be irrelevant.
- Boise State is not apt to be jumped in the polls just yet; TCU is vulnerable to being jumped by Oregon and Nebraska.
- Mac Engel