The TCU Horned Frogs are attempting to do something that no team has done against the Boise St. Broncos since 1998, which is to hand Boise State a conference loss at home. Currently Boise State has a 41-game home winning streak on the blue turf. These two teams had a budding rivalry as they have played each other in two great bowl games in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl and the 2010 Fiesta Bowl with the teams splitting the two, Boise winning the Fiesta Bowl. However, TCU is heading to the Big 12 next season, so this is the rubber match.
TCU is known for the defense under Gary Patterson and while it is not as great as it has been over the past few years when they were the top defense in the nation, the 2011 version respectably the No. 38th ranked defense in the nation. The defense will be tested going up against the Boise State offense that is No. 15 in total offense and averages 43.9 points per game.