It will be the Texas Christian Horned Frogs facing the Boise State Broncos for the second consecutive bowl season.
This time, though, on a much bigger stage.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has announced the first pairing of undefeated teams outside the National Championship game in BCS history.
Everyone should be happy, right?
In the words of the Coach Lee Corso, "Not so fast!"
In the hours leading up to the BCS selection show, the city of Boise collectively held it's breath, hoping and wishing for the opportunity to take on a team from a big BCS conference.
Sometimes it's just not meant to be.
The general feeling in Boise is disappointment.
Not because we aren't thankful for the opportunity to make the trip—Glendale, Arizona treated us very well in 2007—but it is generally viewed as a no-win situation.
The "little schools" cannot make up any ground on our "big brothers" with this Fiesta Bowl matchup. Many people here feel that by pairing TCU and Boise State, the BCS was able to avoid having two "Big money schools" taken down by seemingly inferior opponents.
One comment after hearing the news: "BSU vs TCU… Let’s put the two red headed step children in their own room so we won’t have to worry about them beating up our kids."
The feeling is echoed across town.
Immediately after hearing the news, I jumped on my phone and shot a text message to Boise State wideout Tyler Shoemaker who has been out with a hernia and missed the last three games.
Me: Wow. TCU? Did we get shafted or what?
Tyler Shoemaker(in true Boise State fashion): I don't know. A little redemption from last year. Should be a good game.
Kellen Moore said it in one word after hearing the news. "Interesting."
Alas, the stage is set.
Jan. 4, 2010.
Broncos vs. Horned Frogs.
Let the trash talk begin.
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