BYU Cougars vs TCU Horned Frogs Tonight

Remember BYU? Time To See If The Cougars Are Legit BCS Contender

10/16/08 in NCAAF   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

When BYU torched UCLA 59-0, we thought that was one of the most impressive early season victories by any school. But the Bruins have proved to be much more like the first half team against Tennessee, then the one that pulled off an impressive second half comeback. Turns out neither of those teams are all that good, and in retrospect the throttling of UCLA at home is no longer worth a BCS berth resume builder.

So what do we make of BYU now? Well, we'll find out much more tonight when the Cougars pay a visit to the TCU Horned Frogs, who are currently ranked 24th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

TCU has just one loss, a 35-10 beating from then No. 1 Oklahoma. It wasn't nearly as bad as the score indicated. The Horned Frogs limited the Sooners to 25 yards rushing, were outgained by just over 100 yards offense and had only one less first down.

The most impressive stat for TCU and why this game is important for BYU is that the Horned Frogs are ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense. Gary Patterson's defense allows just 204 yards per game. They employ that 4-2-5 defense where a "bandit" moves between safety and lineback based on the offensive looks. It will be an entertaining battle against one of the nation's best quarterbacks in Max Hall.

BYU also a defense of their own, ranked No. 2 in scoring defense. In fact, both school rank in the top 10 (TCU 9th). So while the Cougars have been known for their explosive offense, this game will be decided by defense.

Unfortunately, it's on Versus (8 pm). So while this game will show whether BYU is up for BCS competition, the show won't be for everyone.
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10/16/08   |   Volimhtown

Another excellent write-up, Jason! I'm looking forward to this one as well. I think BYU's a good team, but so is TCU. The Horned Frogs have a history of being a spoiler and tonight will be no different. Cinderella's slipper sits solely on Utah's foot after this one.