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 Tuesday's Bowl Game
Poinsettia Bowl
No. 9 Boise State vs. No. 11 TCU, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: TCU by 3.
Series record: Boise State leads 1-0.
Last meeting: 2003 Fort Worth Bowl, Boise State 34-31.
What's at Stake
The opportunity at a second unbeaten season in the last three years for Boise State. Right or wrong, the Broncos were bypassed by the BCS, who opted for the massive drawing power of Ohio State over the undefeated Broncos. Can Boise State effectively use that chip on their shoulder to their benefit against TCU's fast, aggressive, suffocating defense that's easily the biggest challenge all season for Boise State's offense.
Key Matchup
Boise State RT Nate Potter vs. TCU DE Jerry Hughes. Potter, a redshirt freshman, is one of three underclassmen starting on the Broncos offensive line. But Potter's never faced a challenge like Hughes, a first-team All-American and the nation's leader in sacks with 14. TCU's unique defense is going to cause fits for the Broncos offense and keeping Hughes off QB Kellen Moore is going to be a big factor.
Players to Watch
Johnson. It's the final game at Boise State for Johnson, who seems like he's been in Bronco blue for a decade. His intensely followed personal life, combined with his success on the field have made Johnson the face of the Boise State program. He enters his final game needed one rushing touchdown to hold the WAC's all-time record in that category, topping Marshall Faulk.
TCU: LB Daryl Washington. All-Mountain West first-team LB Robert Henson won't play because of academic troubles, leaving Washington to get the nod in his place. Fortunately for the Frogs, Washington's got plenty of experience rotating with Henson and is TCU's fourth leading tackler.
Figures
Only prior matchup between the non-BCS powers was the 2003 Fort Worth Bowl played in the Frogs' home stadium. Boise State rallied late for a 34-31 win. ... Boise State coach Chris Petersen was a senior QB at UC Davis when TCU coach Gary Patterson served as the Aggies linebackers coach in 1986.
 

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