The 2010-2011 bowl season has been kind to current & future conference mates of TCU's, as BYU rolled UTEP, 52-24 in the New Mexico Bowl, and last night future Big East foe Louisville beat Southern Miss 31-28 in the Beef O Brady's Bowl. Tonight, though, the undefeated streak will end as current MWC member Utah takes on future MWC member Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
This match-up, while certainly intriguing, also causes a bit of a dilemna. Should we, as TCU fans, be cheering for Utah or Boise State? On one hand, the road win in Salt Lake represents TCU's best win, and even though strength of schedule doesn't really matter now- wouldn't you like to see the Utes gain back some of the respect they lost after losing to Notre Dame? Also, we've been cheering against the Broncos all year, so why stop now?
On the other hand, Utah was the first team to leave the Mountain West. Sure, I don't hate the Utes for leaving like I do BYU, who did so in a childish & selfish way, and it did lead to the Frogs being invited to join the Big East, so perhaps they are forgiven. But still, the MWC could've been something special. And as briefly as it might be, Boise will be in the conference with TCU next year so a bowl win in 2010 will help their initial ranking for 2011.
I'm not really sure who I'll be rooting for, but I know I'll be watching this game somewhere tonight. Let me know who you'll be pulling for in the comments section.