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Posted: Sunday, January 3, 2010 4:04 pm | Updated: 3:52 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

BOISE STATE VS. TCU

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

TV: Channel 10

Records: Boise State 13-0, TCU 12-0

Boise St., TCU become coaching destinations

Guide to the Fiesta Bowl

BOISE STATE VS. TCU

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

TV: Channel 10

Records: Boise State 13-0, TCU 12-0

Boise St., TCU become coaching destinations

Guide to the Fiesta Bowl

THE SKINNY

Both of these teams have gaudy statistical numbers, as it should be with a combined record of 25-0. Boise State has the highest scoring offense in the nation, averaging 44.2 points per game. TCU is fourth at 40.7 points per game. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore leads the nation in passing efficiency but will be tested by TCU All-American Jerry Hughes up front and the Horned Frogs’ defensive style of using five defensive backs. On the flip side, Boise State will need to slow down the TCU running game. Some people believe TCU should have been in the national championship game because of the undefeated record and wins against Virginia, Clemson, BYU and Utah. A convincing win by TCU would only fuel that outcry. The Broncos had a memorable overtime victory over Oklahoma here in 2007, and they would love to duplicate that feat.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1. Kellen Moore. The Boise State signal caller has already broken the school record for passing touchdowns (39) and has thrown just three interceptions. Moore’s passing efficiency rating of 167.35 is tops in the nation. The sophomore has thrown five touchdowns in a game three times this season, a Boise State record. TCU’s defense is better than any Moore has seen, so his margin for error will be smaller than normal.

2. Jerry Hughes. The Texas Christian defensive end has 11 1/2 sacks on the year and is a handful for anyone trying to slow him down. Hughes also has 54 tackles, fourth best on the team. He is 2 1/2 sacks away from tying the TCU record for career sacks (31), which was set by Aaron Schobel from 1997-2000.

3. The ratings. In the history of the BCS, games involving non-BCS schools traditionally do not get good ratings. This is the first time two non-BCS teams face off against each other. Will the Cinderella vs. Cinderella story line capture the nation’s attention, or will the lack of an underdog to root for cause disinterest? Both teams are undefeated and talented, but this game may not be duplicated for a while if the buzz isn’t great.

BOISE STATE STARTING LINEUP

Offense

WR — Austin Pettis

LT —  Nate Potter

LG — Will Lawrence

C — Thomas Byrd

RG — Kevin Sapien

RT — Garrett Pendergast

WR — Titus Young

TE — Tommy Gallarda

QB — Kellen Moore

RB — Jeremy Avery

FB — Dan Paul

Defense

DE — Ryan Winterswyk

DT — Billy Winn

DT — Chase Baker

DE — Shea McClellin

LB — Daron Mackey

LB — Aaron Tevis

CB — Kyle Wilson

S — Jeron Johnson

S — Winston Venable

S — George Iloka

CB — Brandyn Thompson

SCHEDULE

9/3 Oregon W 19-8

9/12 Miami (Ohio) W 48-0

9/18 @ Fresno State W 51-34

9/26 @ Bowling Green W 49-14

10/3 UC Davis W 34-16

10/14 @ Tulsa W 28-21

10/24 @ Hawaii W 54-9

10/31 San Jose State W 45-7

11/6 @ Louisiana Tech W 45-35

11/14 Idaho W 63-25

11/20 @ Utah State W 52-21

11/27 Nevada W 44-33

12/5 New Mexico State W 42-7

TCU STARTING LINEUP

Offense

WR — Jimmy Young

WR — Ryan Christian

TE — Evan Frosch

LT — Marshall Newhouse

LG — Kyle Dooley

C — Jake Kirkpatrick

RG — Josh Vernon

RT — Marcus Cannon

WR — Antoine Hicks

QB — Andy Dalton

RB — Joseph Turner

Defense

DE — Jerry Hughes

DT — Kelly Griffin

DT — Cory Grant

DE — Wayne Daniels

LB — Daryl Washington

LB — Tank Carder

CB — Rafael Priest

S — Alex Ibiloye

S — Tejay Johnson

S — Tyler Luttrell

CB — Nick Sanders

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