Poinsettia Bowl: Preview and Prediction

Poinsettia Bowl Preview and Prediction
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Poinsettia Bowl logo
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Location San Diego, California
Operated 2005-present
Conference Tie-ins MWC; Pac-10
Payout US$750,000 (As of 2007[update])
San Diego County Credit Union (2005-present)
2007 Matchup
Utah vs. Navy (Utah 35, Navy 32)
2008 Matchup
TCU vs. Boise State (December 23)

Poinsettia Bowl Game Preview

What a dream match up in the Poinsettia Bowl Game, the people of San Diego will be treated to a great game between the undefeated Bronco’s of Boise State and the always tough Horned Frogs of TCU.

The Bronco’s may have a bitter taste in their mouths as they were left out of a BCS Bowl Game, look for the Bronco’s to play with some extra enthusiasm. The Bronco’s will be tested up front, with a young offensive line, including two injuries, the unit will have its hands full with a TCU defense which ranks second against total offense, scoring, sacks and leads the nation in rush defense.

Unlike Boise State, the Horned Frogs have themselves to blame for missing their chance to play in a BCS Bowl. TCU dropped its two games against Top 10 opponents (Oklahoma and Utah) and finished the season 10-2. The Horned Frogs will also be challenged offensively as they take on the third ranked scoring defense. Joseph Turner, missed the final game of the season, but should be ready to play in this one. He is a difference maker, as he gives the Frogs a bruising back that can gain the tough yards. This Poinsettia Bowl Game features two teams that are fourth in combined ranking amongst the other combined teams, only the National Championship, Sugar, Fiesta and Rose Bowl are higher.


Poinsettia Bowl Game Prediction

The most anticipated non-BCS bowl game will be played in arguably the nicest city in the USA. We believe this game will have the makings of an ESPN Instant Classic (not surprising Boise State in the game).

The line seems to be just right as they have the Horned Frogs favored by a mere 2.5 points and we feel that the Bronco’s may get a taste of losing when this one is complete. Although, I hate to take against the mastermind Chris Peterson, we like the Horned Frogs chances in this one.

Poinsettia Bowl Game Pick: TCU Horned Frogs -2.5

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