Hansen: TCU deserves a better bowl game matchup

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by DALE HANSEN / WFAA-TV

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Posted on December 6, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 9 at 6:30 PM

They're celebrating in Fort Worth tonight after TCU gets an early Christmas gift — winning a berth in the Bowl Championship Series and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State.

 It's been a long time since TCU was a big-time contender. Former Redskins player Sammy Baugh quarterbacked TCU to its first national championship in 1935. The team won another NCAA title in 1938.

But that was its last, and it was TCU's last undefeated season.

The Fiesta Bowl marks the first time TCU will be playing in a BCS bowl game, and the way the system is stacked to favor the bigger conferences, it's a hard thing to do.

A team like TCU has to go unbeaten to get a bowl game like this, but then they did.

So TCU is headed to Arizona to play in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday, January 4.

That's the good news... real good news.

"It's exciting," said TCU quarterback Andy Dalton. "Our goal at the beginning of the year was to end the season undefeated and make it to a BCS game, and we were able to do that, so it's an exciting time to be a Horned Frog."

Here's the bad news: They're playing Boise State again.

TCU beat that team in San Diego last year, and Boise State is unbeaten, too.

And that's all good, but it's another small conference school.

TCU deserved to play a Florida; an Iowa; a Georgia Tech; to offer a better chance to prove just how good they really are.

But the Horned Frogs are getting a big stage (and the big check that comes along with it) because TCU's playing in one of the very big bowls.

"I consider Boise State, and I consider TCU BCS schools," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. "We'll play with anybody. The thing for us is, we wanted the highest matchup, and this was going to give us the highest matchup, so here we go."

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