LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Matt Miller #2, Mitch Burroughs #20 and Gabe Linehan #87 of the Boise State Broncos celebrate after Miller scored a touchdown against the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium November 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 48-21. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The TCU - Boise State game is merely hours away - hours that I plan to spend making the most of my pregame comfort measures. How are you feeling with the MWC championship on the line? Feel free to brag about your self-confidence or wail with anxiety in the comments. I have some feelings to vent after the jump.
Kellen Moore for Heisman: Dream the more and more probable dream
At the beginning of the season, a Heisman Trophy for Kellen Moore was a happy thought and a warm fuzzy feeling, but I don't think the majority of people (like me, for instance) thought Moore had a real chance. Well here we are 10 weeks into the season, and Moore is sitting at No. 2 in everyone's Heisman standings. You know what that means, right? Heisman scoreboard watching!
If Andrew Luck, the current Heisman favorite, loses to the Oregon Ducks on Saturday and if Kellen Moore plays lights out against TCU, we could have ourselves a situation where Moore is the new frontrunner for the stiff arm statue. Pretty great, right?
Luck, Alabama's Trent Richardson, and Houston's Case Keenum figure to be the competition for Moore down the stretch. It helps that the No. 1 team in the country does not have a clear skill player star. LSU's best option is a cornerback. No dark horse candidates are out there. If it comes down to Luck, Richardson, and Moore, it could be that only one of those players will play for a team that finishes undefeated. What do Heisman voters do then? Vote for someone from Notre Dame maybe. But hopefully, vote for Moore.
Miscellaneous pregame thoughts
How good is this Horned Frog team? To hear the media tell it, TCU is a team on the rise and is playing its best football of the season. To hear some TCU fans tell it, there's no way TCU hangs with the Broncos on Saturday. Who to believe? I tend to side with the fans in situations like these ... TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is No. 8 in the country in passer rating, and yet why do I get the sense that he's going to look fairly ordinary against the Boise State defense? ...
Of the three big-name injured Boise State players (Doug Martin, Jamar Taylor, and Billy Winn), I think Winn missing Saturday's game would be the toughest to overcome ... My score prediction was 42-24, and my second choice was 17-7. So I really have no idea what to expect in this one ...
I am fully expecting this one to have that uncomfortable Air Force feel to it, but really I want a blowout ... Good linebackers can cause trouble for Boise State in the run game and in the short passing game. TCU has good linebackers. I wonder if this means more deep balls and stretch plays or if the Bronco offense will just do whatever it wants anyway ...
Think this game could have Heisman implications for Moore? What are you expecting on Saturday? Share your thoughts in the comments.