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7 bowls in your first 7 seasons

Two of the more successful private college football programs meet tonight at Cowboy stadium, as BYU (6-2) and TCU (5-2) kickoff at 8 eastern on ESPN.

A win tonight would make the Cougars bowl eligible, and would also set Bronco Mendenhall up to be the first one of the only active [see note below] FBS coach to lead his team to a bowl in each of his first 7 seasons as a head coach.  For TCU, a win would mark their 45th win in their last 50 games.

The past three meetings between the two schools haven't been close, with TCU outscoring BYU 101-17 (an average of 5.6 points per meeting for the Cougars).  

Even if they don't get a win tonight, the remaining schedule looks favorable for Mendenhall to reach his 7th straight bowl with games against Idaho, New Mexico State, and Hawaii.  We expect Boise State's Chris Petersen, in his sixth season as a head coach, to keep the pressure on Mendenhall for this record. He's 5 for 5 and is showing no signs of slowing. 

Note from FootballScoop Staff> No more relying on BYU's media relations guys...As one astute viewer noted below, Tom Osborne most definitely went to 25 bowls in 25 seasons and a guy in Norman (Bob Stoops) is currently 12 for 12 and on a roll.  We also have come up with Mark Richt who's 10 for 10 thus far. In BYU's backyard, Kyle Whittingham coached Utah in a bowl following the 2004 season after Urban took the Florida job and has coached them back to bowl games every year since (thus has coached in 7 bowl games in 6 full seasons). Jim Tressel had 10 straight bowl appearances at Ohio State and won the 1-AA National Championship 4 times at Youngstown State, however he had losing seasons in 2 of his first 3 seasons at Youngstown. Barry Switzer had a pretty good start at OU as well going 32-1-1 in his first 3 seasons (including winning two national championships); but they did not play in bowl games after his first two seasons.  

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