"We are very excited to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. "Boise State is a BCS-caliber team, and I have a high admiration for (Bronco head coach) Chris Petersen and his staff. They do an outstanding job in all phases of their team."
The game, which is being called the 5th BCS by some, could be one of the more exciting bowl games this season. Only four other bowls (all BCS games) feature two teams with a higher combined current ranking than the Poinsettia Bowl (20).
"It should be an outstanding game with a lot of national interest," said Coach Patterson.
This will be only the second time the two teams have met in their long history. The Frogs will be looking revenge after #18 Boise State knocked off #19 TCU, 34-31, in the inaugural Fort Worth Bowl in 2003.
"I totally think TCU is a BCS team and most of the people who know about TCU think the same," Petersen told the Associate Press. "This is the best team we will have played all year. It will present a tremendous challenge to us without question."
While rumors of the match-up have been out there for weeks, there was efforts by the Humanitarian Bowl to keep Boise State at home. Humanitarian Bowl officials wanted to see, undefeated at the time, Ball State from the Mid-American Conference. Talks fell apart late last week and Ball State loss Friday to Buffalo in the MAC Championship.
This will be the second time that TCU has gone to the Poinsettia Bowl in three years. In 2006, the Frogs defeated Northern Illinois 37-7.
"All of us were extremely impressed with the Poinsettia Bowl on our last visit in 2006," said Coach Patterson. "It was a great experience and we were treated unbelievably. We had a great time and were around quality people. It was one of the best bowls we¹ve ever been to."
#11 TCU is 10-2 and will be making its 10th bowl appearance in the last 11 seasons. #9 Boise State is 12-0 the regular season WAC champions. The Broncos are the only team to go undefeated in the regular season three out of five times.
***Contributions to this story from the TCU Media Relations Department and the Associated Press.