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State your case: TCU and Boise State

11/23/2009

TCU (11-0, 7-0 Mountain West)

If you haven’t watched TCU play this season, you’ve missed out on one of the most complete football teams in the country. For the past six weeks, the Horned Frogs have been clicking on all cylinders and are beating opponents -- including two ranked opponents -- in impressive fashion. This past week, they didn’t play their best and still beat Wyoming, 45-10. Wyoming is the only mutual opponent TCU shares with any of the teams above it in the BCS standings. Many believe that Texas will play for the national championship if it stays undefeated, but TCU has a better résumé and actually defeated Wyoming by more than the Longhorns did earlier in the year. TCU deserves a chance to play for the national title. It was an injustice that Utah didn’t get a shot a year ago. That same mistake shouldn’t be made with the Horned Frogs.

Boise State (11-0, 6-0 Western Athletic Conference)

As I’ve said many times, I’m with Boise State coach Chris Petersen when he said he believes in the system. Call it blind faith, but I think Boise State should get an invite to a BCS bowl. It’s not just because of the undefeated season this year, it’s because of the consistency the Broncos have shown year in and year out. I think even more impressive is that Boise State has stayed undefeated with just one senior starter and just four on its roster. It’s very possible that it could roll to another undefeated season next year. There are a lot of other teams out there clamoring for a BCS at-large bid, but none of them are undefeated. And I don't care who you play, staying mentally focused for 12 or 13 straight games is a tough task for any team. Boise State was left out of the BCS last year despite an undefeated campaign. The Broncos have done all that the BCS has asked of it -- twice -- and it shouldn’t be denied a spot in the BCS bowl rotation.