ALBUQUERQUE NM - NOVEMBER 27: Back-up quarterback Casey Pachall #4 of the TCU Horned Frogs passes against the University of New Mexico Lobos on November 27 2010 at University Stadium in Albuquerque New Mexico. TCU won 66-17. (Photo by Eric Draper/Getty Images)
TCU will have to overcome a hungry Broncos team looking to make a nationally televised statement on their famed blue turf.
TCU and Boise State, the two premier mid-major programs in the country, have lost a combined five games in the last three seasons.
Now, in their only conference meeting in the Mountain West before the Horned Frogs leave for the Big 12, TCU is a +13 underdog against the undefeated Broncos.
After starting off the season with upset losses to area rivals Baylor and SMU, the Horned Frogs are now 7-2 and 4-0 in conference play.
And while Gary Patterson's teams have always been known for their defense, it's the offense, led by emerging sophomore QB Casey Pachall, who have carried TCU. The Horned Frogs are 10th in the nation in points scored, with 41.6 points a game, and only 34th in the nation in points allowed, giving up 22.3 points a contest.
In his first season as a starter, Pachall has completed 68.5% of his passes, throwing for 1,940 yards with 19 TD's and only 5 INT's.
The Broncos, meanwhile, are led by senior QB Kellen Moore, who became the NCAA's all-time career wins leader at QB last week, passing Texas' Colt McCoy. In four seasons as a starter, Moore has a preposterous 46-2 record.
One of those losses was to the Horned Frogs, who beat Boise State in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl, spoiling the Broncos chance to have two consecutive undefeated seasons. In 2010, it was Moore's turn, as he led Boise State to a 17-10 victory over TCU in a match-up of two undefeated teams in the Fiesta Bowl.
Now, in Moore's final year as a starter, Saturday's game is his last chance to impress pollsters and inject the Broncos into the national title hunt. With both QB's playing extremely well, the odds-makers expect a high-scoring game, and the over/under is 58 points.
The game will be televised nationally on Versus at 2:30.