Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Poinsettia Bowl Preview: We Ready.

You've got some big, intimidating shoes to fill, D Wash.

Before getting to it, a few clarifications. One, I'm not going to go back and change the preview itself, but after thinking about it more, I'm calling the WR matchup a push. Partly because I think it's unfair if the game is too far skewed in favor of TCU because it's very evenly matched in most aspects, but mostly because it's the right call. They may not statistically have a Jimmy Young or Jeremy Kerley, but they've got about as close as we've seen all year and they have the second best QB we've seen all year, and that's only because the other guy won a Heisman. Also, as we're all fully aware, RH-51 is not going to be blowing anyone up tonight, but, honestly, this is a personnel loss that isn't going to sink us. Losing his leadership is going to be tough, and we're all aware how he gets the crowd and team more fired up than anyone else, but Daryl Washington is a more than adequate replacement who has played plenty of minutes throughout his career. It won't be like having Henson back there, but it's probably the next best thing. This will not change my linebacker edge. Lastly, and most importantly, having a healthy Jeremy Kerley back I think is going to be the most important thing for this team. I actually feel that this negates the loss of Henson. Before I make my call on the game, though, let's recap the prediction.

QB: Boise

RBs: TCU

WR: push

OL: TCU

DL: TCU

LB: TCU

DB: Boise

ST: Boise

Tally - TCU: 4.5, Boise: 3.5.

That seems about right to me. What do I think is going to happen? I think the 41 point o/u is spot on. I don't think Boise is going to score more than two TDs, but I also don't think we'll score much more than that. I think the kicking game will come into play and that Ross Evans needs to sack up and redeem himself. I think TCU will try to ram the ball down Boise's throats and exploit that matchup. I think Kellen Moore will beat our D backs on a few plays, maybe even a big one, but I don't think he's going to have a whole lot of time to throw. Basically, I think it's going to be an intensely physical game controlled at the line and I think TCU is going to come away with the win.

The call - TCU 24, Boise 17.


3 comments:

Sir Wesley Willis said...

Man, you'd think we weren't playing our last game of the season against the #9 team in the country tonight based on participation today.

THEFINCH said...

I have too many butterflies to blog today. The silence before the storm.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

respect