It may not be quite the matchup we thought/hoped it would be, but Boise State's last chance at a loss is Saturday at home against TCU at 2:30 (ct).
Oddsmakers don't think this is going to be much of a game. Vegas has the Broncos as a 15.5-point favorite.
I am not 100 percent sure of this, but looking back at their schedule it would make sense that the last time the Frogs were a double-digit 'dog was Sept. 27, 2008 at No. 2 Oklahoma. The Frogs lost, 35-10.
This TCU/Boise State game was originally scheduled for Fort Worth, but the MWC moved it to Boise after TCU announced it was going to the Big East.
This is a killer decision. No one wins in Boise.
The last time Boise State lost at home was Dec. 28 2005 in the MPC Computers Bowl against Boston College. But technically that is not a home game. The last genuine home loss for the Broncos on the Smurf Turf was 42-20 against Washington State on Sept. 8, 2001.
If Boise State has any shot of going to the BCS title game, which doesn't look good right now, it has to win this game big. A TCU win will, essentially, give the Frogs' the MWC title.
The Broncos are 8-0, and fifth in the latest BCS rankings. They are also No. 5 in the AP poll and are receiving one first-place vote. TCU is 7-2 and looking increasingly better since losing non-conference games against Baylor and SMU by a combined nine points.
This game will be an unofficial end to what has been a great "series" between two of the best non-AQ teams over the past decade.
2003: No. 18 Boise State 34, No. 19 TCU 31; Fort Worth Bowl. This was the TCU team that flirted with a BCS bid until a late-season loss at Southern Miss killed that chance. This was a great game that Boise secured when kicker Mike Wynn's 51-yard field goal short; it was the first FG attempt of his career.
2008: No. 11 TCU 17, No. 9 Boise State 16; Poinsettia Bowl. The Frogs' owned the game statistically, and held Boise to 28 rushing yards on 20 carries, but didn't put this away until a fourth-quarter TD run by Joseph Turner.
2009: No. 6 Boise State 17, No. 3 TCU 10, Fiesta Bowl. A 10-10 in the fourth quarter changed when Boise pulled off a fake punt for a 30-yard gain that led to the winning points. TCU drove to the Boise 30 late in the game before Andy Dalton's pass was intercepted.
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