The only team standing in its way of a perfect regular season and a possible BCS berth is a New Mexico squad coming off its first victory of the season.
The fourth-ranked Horned Frogs look to avoid a letdown and win the Mountain West Conference title outright when they host the Lobos on Saturday.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made TCU -43.5 point spread favorites (View College Football odds) for Saturday’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 66% of bets for this game have been placed on TCU -43.5 (View College Football bet percentages).
With a No. 4 ranking in the BCS, TCU (11-0, 7-0) is a likely candidate for one of the top bowl games. A loss in its finale, though, could leave sixth-ranked
"(We) see what's ahead of us," quarterback Andy
While the Horned Frogs are using it as motivation, they're not getting caught looking too far ahead.
"This team has done a great job blocking out all distractions," defensive lineman Jerry Hughes said. "We're all focused on winning the next game. ... We've just got to take care of business now. When you start looking too far into the future, things start to get away from you."
TCU doesn't want to get caught thinking about its upcoming bowl possibilities because it still has a lot riding on this game.
The Frogs have a one-game lead over No. 18 BYU and 22nd-ranked
"I'm glad to see everything's clicking," said
These days, pretty much everything is working for a team that boasts the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the Football Bowl Subdivision (39.7 points per game) and the sixth-ranked scoring defense (12.6).
The Frogs have racked up more than 500 yards of offense in each of the last four weeks and have outscored opponents 278-63 over the last six contests. Led by running backs Matthew Tucker and Joseph Turner, TCU is averaging 345.8 yards on the ground over the last four games.
This high-powered offense tries to continue its surge against a
The Frogs, who won 26-3 at
While the offense has played well, TCU's defense has dominated the series lately, limiting
The Lobos (1-10, 1-6) are coming off last Saturday's thrilling 29-27 win over
After forcing the Rams to punt,
"It's been a long time coming and it's been a long year, but as I've said many times after some tough losses, I haven't been more proud of a team than this team," coach Mike Locksley said.
Posted: 11/24/09 3:09PM ET