The TCU vs. Utah game is going to really shake up things in the week 11 college football rankings. This TCU vs. Utah football match-up is going to make or break the seasons of these two schools, with the winner having a much improved shot at making it into the BCS National Championship Game. The loser, though, is going to have to lick their wounds in a much less glamorous bowl game that won’t seem very fulfilling to these kids. The one downside to how great this game could be is that there is no guarantee that voters would move either teams up in the Coaches’ and Harris Polls.
TCU is currently the No. 3 team in the 2010 BCS standings, passing Boise State last week to take that spot. Right now TCU has the No. 1-ranked defense in all of college football, giving up just 8.7 points per game. They also have the ninth-best offense according to the rankings, averaging 40.8 points and 271 rushing yards every game. Those are intimidating numbers for any team to go up against, and no opponent has fared well against them in 2010. The highlights of their schedule include wins over Oregon State, Baylor, Brigham Young, and Air Force so far. Utah will be their final regular season test, and they will look to move to 10-0 with a win on Sunday.
Utah is the one of lowest-ranked teams of the remaining five unbeaten schools, and hasn’t been getting nearly the respect that their undefeated season might deserve. They are claiming the sixth-best defense in football, giving up just 14.1 points per game, and their offense is the third-best, scoring 45.3 points per game. Utah beat a pretty highly acclaimed Pittsburgh team in week one, but their only other notable win came against Air Force. They absolutely need this win over TCU and a final game win over Brigham Young in order to garner respect from the voters, but if they lose, they could end up being severely punished by the voters on Sunday.
Utah is no stranger to finishing a college football season undefeated but getting no respect from the voters. It would be very tragic if they were to go undefeated again in 2010 and get locked out of the title game. It would seem that TCU has the most to gain from this game, and that if they could beat highly ranked Utah, they might stand a chance at passing Oregon in the rankings later this season. Auburn gets to play Alabama and then the SEC Championship Game, so the Tigers resume is just going to get better. No matter what the BCS standings look like on Sunday, this TCU vs. Utah game is set up to be some classic football on the field. The kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, Nov. 6.