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NCAA College Football Bowl Games Thread: TCU Vs. Louisiana Tech, Poinsettia Bowl

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The college football bowl season continues its long road to the BCS national championship game with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. I believe this qualifies as the longest bowl game sponsor/bowl name, so congratulations.

This game features the TCU Horned Frogs and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. TCU finished the regular season ranked No. 15 in the BCS. They lost their opener to Baylor, but looked prepared to bounce back strong before a surprising upset to SMU. Had they beaten SMU, there's a decent chance they would have been BCS bowl eligible. Instead, they get to go to the Poinsettia Bowl and face Louisiana Tech.

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#16 TCU (10-2) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4) - San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Time: 5:00pm PT; TV: ESPN/ESPN3.com

The always awesome folks at Mocking The Draft have been breaking down the 2011-12 bowl games and providing a look at some of the pertinent players in each bowl game. The 2011 Poinsettia Bowl does not feature many big names, but there are some intriguing players on the field tonight. TCU QB Casey Pachall seems like one of the more intriguing players tonight, although he is unlikely to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft.

There is not much in the way of senior talent with word that Tank Carder is going to miss the game due to academic ineligibility. This will be a game for underclassmen to shine. The folks at Turf Show Times are intrigued by what WR Quinton Patton will show tonight.

Here is a rundown of some pertinent players courtesy of Mocking The Draft.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl; San Diego, CA
TCU vs. Lousiana Tech (ESPN/ESPN3, 8:00pm)
Carder Tank OLB Sr. (RS) TCU 4-6 (↑)
McCoy Greg CB Sr. (RS) TCU 7-UD
Dooley Kyle G Sr. (RS) TCU 7-UD
Wesley Ed RB Jr. (RS) TCU 4-7
Brock Tanner ILB Jr. TCU 5-UD
Pachall Casey QB Soph. (RS) TCU 2-4 (↑)
Maponga Stansly DE Soph. (RS) TCU 3-5
Boyce Josh WR Soph. (RS) TCU 4-6
Dunbar James OT Soph. (RS) TCU 7-UD
Gildon Deryck OLB Fr. TCU N/A (↓)
Hunter Chuck DT Fr. TCU N/A
Naff Jamelle G Fr. TCU N/A
White Cam WR Fr. TCU N/A
Cole Adrien ILB Sr. La. Tech 5-UD
Creer Lennon RB Sr. (RS) La. Tech 7-UD
Patton Quinton WR Jr. (RS) La. Tech 5-7
Boyd Chad SS Jr. La. Tech 5-UD
Ellis Justin NT Soph. (RS) La. Tech 6-UD
Lee Hunter RB/ATH Fr. La. Tech N/A