By Chadd Cripe
The Poinsettia Bowl has announced that No. 9 Boise State (12-0) will play No. 11 TCU (10-2) on Dec. 23 in San Diego.
Quick reaction from Poinsettia Bowl executive director Bruce Binkowski, whose game is in its fourth year:
"I've had my fingers crossed for a long time. ... This puts the Poinsettia Bowl on the map. We're going to really make our mark."
"We do feel we're going to get a great bump in ticket sales — not only from the great Boise State fans ... but also, if you're a college football fan in San Diego, this is going to be the game of the year. We're confident ticket sales are going to get a dramatic boost because of this matchup."
Fun fact: The Holiday/Poinsettia bowls in San Diego will have four top 15 teams, including No. 13 Oklahoma State and No. 15 Oregon in the Holiday Bowl. The Orange Bowl/BCS National Championship Game in Miami will only have three top-15 teams.
Reaction from Chris Petersen:
"I think TCU is a BCS team and most people that know about TCU would say the same thing. This will be the best team we've played all year."
Reaction from TCU coach Gary Patterson:
"I've already watched them. ... We may have to bring two TCU football teams."
It's official — Boise State has been left out of the Bowl Championship Series with an undefeated record for the second time in five years.
No. 10 Ohio State (10-2) was given the last at-large spot, in the Fiesta Bowl, over No. 9 Boise State (12-0). The Broncos also were left out in 2004, when they were 11-0 and ranked ninth. They got into the Fiesta Bowl in 2006.
The Broncos will accept a Poinsettia Bowl invitation to play No. 11 TCU (10-2) at 6:30 p.m. That game is Dec. 23 in San Diego.
The BCS matchups:
Orange Bowl: No. 19 Virginia Tech (9-4) vs. No. 12 Cincinnati (11-2)
Rose Bowl: No. 5 USC (11-1) vs. No. 8 Penn State (11-1)
Fiesta Bowl: No. 10 Ohio State (10-2) vs. No. 3 Texas (11-1)
Sugar Bowl: No. 6 Utah (12-0) vs. No. 4 Alabama (12-1)
BCS National Championship Game: No. 1 Oklahoma (12-1) vs. No. 2 Florida (12-1)
Notre Dame will play Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl, the Honolulu Advertiser reports.
That fills another hole in the WAC bowl lineup. Here are the confirmed invitations:
Poinsettia: Boise State (12-0) vs. TCU (10-2)
Humanitarian: Nevada (7-5) vs. Maryland (7-5)
Hawaii: Hawaii (7-6) vs. Notre Dame (6-6)
New Mexico: Fresno State (7-5) vs. Colorado State (6-6)
Independence: Louisiana Tech (7-5) vs. Northern Illinois (6-6)
San Jose State (6-6) is waiting on the sidelines and likely to be left out.