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December 31, 2009

"The irony of that final score…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

The irony of that final score…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

It was 43-42, with an all-or-nothing two-point conversion. The winning team had to go 74 yards in 26 seconds to pull it off. Idaho’s win in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl yesterday wasn’t on a big stage like the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, but…

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


December 30, 2009

"Frog rush committee, the sequel…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Frog rush committee, the sequel…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Going into the Poinsettia Bowl last year, it was all about Boise State trying to handle TCU’s rushing attack. It was after the game, too, for that matter. The Horned Frogs had five players with over 300 yards rushing for the season.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:30am | link


December 29, 2009

"Preparing like he will or won’t be playing…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Preparing like he will or won’t be playing…presented by Mr. Handyman.

The assumption all along has been that we might not know until the first Boise State snap of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl whether Austin Pettis will be part of the Bronco offense. Upon landing in Phoenix, Chris Petersen said, “Gametime decision.”

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


December 28, 2009

"Well, the underdogs are performing well…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Well, the underdogs are performing well…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

With each passing day, you’d think Boise State’s chances of winning the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl a week from tonight are withering. TCU’s stock rises with each resounding Mountain West Conference win.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


December 24, 2009

"Now there are two opponents January 4…presented by Curb It Boise."

Now there are two opponents January 4…presented by Curb It Boise.

It was enough that Boise State had to take on the fourth-ranked and undefeated Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. It’s now apparent that the Broncos will also be battling the aura of the Mountain West.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:09am | link


December 23, 2009

"“Finish” is a recurring theme…presented by Curb It Boise."

“Finish” is a recurring theme…presented by Curb It Boise.

Aaron Tevis, Jeron Johnson, Derrell Acrey, George Iloka and Shea McClellin met with the media yesterday. It was the Boise State defense’s turn at the mike. And—unsolicited and uncollaborated—they all went down the same path.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:32am | link


December 22, 2009

"If the Broncos wanted adversity, they’ve got it…presented by Curb It Boise."

If the Broncos wanted adversity, they’ve got it…presented by Curb It Boise.

The surface has hardly been scratched on the impact TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes could have on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Hughes Factor may have multiplied following the news out of Boise State yesterday.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


December 21, 2009

"If turnovers are key, let’s check ‘em out…presented by Curb It Boise."

If turnovers are key, let’s check ‘em out…presented by Curb It Boise.

We’re two weeks out from the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl now. Not too early to start getting into the guts of it. So what’s the over-under on how many times Chris Petersen and Gary Patterson will talk about taking care of the ball?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


December 18, 2009

"Importance of winning a bowl game again…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Importance of winning a bowl game again…presented by Mr. Handyman.

SI.com is currently featuring “College football’s 10 signature moments of the decade.” And No. 1 is (the envelope, please): “The Statue of Liberty play; January 1, 2007.”

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


December 17, 2009

"Generally overlooked in All-America voting…presented by Capital Steamway."

Generally overlooked in All-America voting…presented by Capital Steamway.

He’s been toiling in the shadow of Colt McCoy all season. Yet he’s ranked fourth in the nation in pass efficiency, while McCoy is 19th. He led his team to a 12-0 record and a trip to Glendale January 4.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:43am | link


December 16, 2009

"Adversarial faces top SI.com’s All-America gallery…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Adversarial faces top SI.com’s All-America gallery…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

If you check out the All-America team at SI.com, you’ll see the offense and defense pictured in columns side-by-side. At the top left is Boise State’s Kellen Moore. At the top right is TCU’s Jerry Hughes.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


December 15, 2009

"Neither used to be a mid-major…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Neither used to be a mid-major…presented by Mr. Handyman.

TCU and Boise State are now known as “non-BCS schools,” or “non-automatic qualifiers,” or “mid-majors.” Just 15 years ago, neither school was in that category—then again they couldn’t have been more diametrically different.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


December 14, 2009

"Junker debunks the conspiracy theory…presented by Capital Steamway."

Junker debunks the conspiracy theory…presented by Capital Steamway.

John Junker’s getting tired of being asked about this. I get asked about it every day. All those letters to the sports editor claim it was a fix: that the BCS put TCU and Boise State against each other to keep them from getting to any big boys.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


December 11, 2009

"Could Kellen be a serious candidate in 2010? …presented by A-1 Plumbing."

Could Kellen be a serious candidate in 2010? …presented by A-1 Plumbing.

The Heisman Trophy will be awarded tomorrow night, with Alabama’s Mark Ingram the favorite. There won’t be a lot of time spent on those who weren’t invited to New York, but Kellen Moore was at least in the conversation this year.

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December 10, 2009

"Not one, but two quarterbacks to talk about…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Not one, but two quarterbacks to talk about…presented by Mr. Handyman.

We’ve been following Kellen Moore’s pass efficiency rating all season, especially since the Boise State quarterback took the national lead. But when you look at those pass efficiency numbers, don’t skip over No. 4.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:34am | link


December 09, 2009

"Varying degrees of chips on shoulders…presented by Capital Steamway."

Varying degrees of chips on shoulders…presented by Capital Steamway.

There are reasons under every rock for TCU and Boise State to get roiled up for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. You’ve got the Horned Frogs wishing they were somewhere else and the Broncos wishing last year had ended differently.

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December 08, 2009

"WAC got it right—and then some…presented by A-1 Plumbing."

WAC got it right—and then some…presented by A-1 Plumbing.

It was a race to the finish for WAC Offensive Player of the Year, and you’d have to think Kellen Moore’s performance against Nevada was the difference. And Chris Petersen is Coach of the Year. But check out the O-line.

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December 07, 2009

"Now that the shock has worn off…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Now that the shock has worn off…presented by Mr. Handyman.

The drama didn’t end Saturday night when Hunter Lawrence hooked that field goal, like, 19 inches inside the left upright to give Texas its victory over Nebraska. Word of a Boise State-TCU rematch started to slip out Sunday afternoon.

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December 04, 2009

"Don’t tempt the BCS bowls to mess up…presented by A-1 Plumbing."

Don’t tempt the BCS bowls to mess up…presented by A-1 Plumbing.

Okay, so Boise State is now favored by 47½ points tomorrow. And the economy is a downer. And it is December, with highs in the upper 30’s. The No. 6 team in the country should sell out, but it won’t.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


December 03, 2009

"Quickest Senior Day there ever was…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Quickest Senior Day there ever was…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Boise State will introduce five seniors before Saturday’s game against New Mexico State in Bronco Stadium. Only four of them are active players, and one of those guys is injured. Don’t blink on Senior Day.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:35am | link


December 02, 2009

"What a way to end the season…presented by Mr. Handyman."

What a way to end the season…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Playing for pride takes on a whole new meaning for New Mexico State this week. The Aggies don’t have to go far for bulletin board material for Saturday’s game in Bronco Stadium. That none of it is coming from Boise State is beside the point.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:26am | link


December 01, 2009

"Petersen: “We’ll always have answers.”…presented by A-1 Plumbing."

Petersen: “We’ll always have answers.”…presented by A-1 Plumbing.

One constant for the Boise State football program during the Golden Era has been the relative lack of devastating injuries. The most notable of this 11-year period was to Ryan Dinwiddie in 2002—and now there’s another.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:15am | link


November 30, 2009

"Bronco depth charge is the difference…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Bronco depth charge is the difference…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

One of the first distinctions anyone draws between a mid-major team and a BCS program is depth. The elite schools have it—the second-level doesn’t. Boise State showed Friday night why it is the exception to the rule.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


November 27, 2009

"Broncos try not to put it all on Moore…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Broncos try not to put it all on Moore…presented by Mr. Handyman.

It’s been all about the Nevada offense this week. Let’s talk about the Boise State offense, because conventional wisdom says it’ll need every yard and point it can get in tonight’s WAC championship game.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:34am | link


November 25, 2009

"What’s a defense to do against a flash flood?…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

What’s a defense to do against a flash flood?…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

One of Boise State’s defensive goals is typically to hold the opponent under 100 yards in rushing. So what should the goal be against Nevada Friday night in the WAC championship game? Under 300 yards? Seriously.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:29am | link


November 24, 2009

"Kicking off the Colin Kaepernick hype…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Kicking off the Colin Kaepernick hype…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick needs no introduction here. But still, this guy can’t be a quarterback, can he? With two games left in his junior year, Kaepernick in his career has accumulated 2,852 yards and 39 touchdowns…rushing.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:28am | link


November 23, 2009

"Three numbers Kellen Moore cares about…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Three numbers Kellen Moore cares about…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Kellen Moore had an off-night in Boise State’s game at Utah State Friday night. What constitutes an off-night by Moore’s standards? He threw for only one touchdown and completed only 52 percent of his attempts.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:29am | link


November 20, 2009

"Bronco wideouts trump the immediate past…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

Bronco wideouts trump the immediate past…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

If you look at the box score from last year’s Boise State-Utah State game, you’ll see Jeremy Childs with seven catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Well, Childs isn’t around here anymore.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:26am | link


November 19, 2009

"No cold water thrown on Kellen’s candidacy…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

No cold water thrown on Kellen’s candidacy…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Pat Forde’s column at ESPN.com this week doesn’t question Boise State’s schedule strength or Kellen Moore’s lack of size when discussing Moore’s upward mobility in the Heisman Trophy talk.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


November 18, 2009

"Chris Petersen’s approach to late November…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Chris Petersen’s approach to late November…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Chris Petersen has been here before. In fact, he’s been here every year he’s been head coach at Boise State. The Broncos have the WAC championship in sight, and he wants his team to peak now.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:33am | link


November 17, 2009

"A premature Senior Day for Brockel…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

A premature Senior Day for Brockel…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

Time was that the Boise State-Idaho game was the final one of the regular season—or at least close to it. And when it was played in Boise, it would serve as Senior Day. Unfortunately, this year it did for Richie Brockel.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


November 16, 2009

"There was fire in the Bronco belly…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

There was fire in the Bronco belly…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

There was a theory that Boise State was just quietly laying in the weeds last week, absorbing Robb Akey’s brashness and the widespread smirks about the 32-point spread, conserving energy to unleash Saturday.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


November 13, 2009

"38 years – 10 twists & turns in the rivalry…presented by Mr. Handyman."

38 years – 10 twists & turns in the rivalry…presented by Mr. Handyman.

If you’re new to this Boise State-Idaho thing, a little history is in order. If you’re a veteran of these skirmishes, memories—good or bad—are invigorating going into the 39th meeting of these rivals tomorrow.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:28am | link


November 12, 2009

"The running game and the red zone…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

The running game and the red zone…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

At his press conference this week, Boise State coach Chris Petersen addressed both the red zone and the running game, intertwined parts of the Bronco puzzle (and it is a puzzle).

posted by Tom Scott at 8:28am | link


November 11, 2009

"But could it realistically happen?…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

But could it realistically happen?…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde spends an inordinate amount of time in his column this week with what he terms a “BCS Bowl Manifesto,” calling for both TCU and Boise State to go to BCS bowls should they win out.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


November 10, 2009

"Thumbtacks already needed for the bulletin board…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Thumbtacks already needed for the bulletin board…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Today we have two different approaches to rallying troops for Bronco-Vandal Week. Robb Akey on playing Boise State: "I want to be the least popular individual with all the WAC administrators after we get done on Saturday.”

posted by Tom Scott at 8:36am | link


November 09, 2009

"Perfect record amidst the imperfections…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

Perfect record amidst the imperfections…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

If all you did was glance at the box score from Friday night’s Boise State-Louisiana Tech game, you’d think all was right with the Bronco world. For starters, BSU outgained the Bulldogs 507 yards to 250.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


November 06, 2009

"Vegas comes up with this for a reason…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Vegas comes up with this for a reason…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Boise State’s biggest margin of victory in Ruston, LA, has been 17 points. Two years ago the Broncos yielded 463 yards there to Louisiana Tech. And so…BSU is a 21-point favorite on the road tonight on ESPN2.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


November 05, 2009

"Spreading the ball is the Broncos’ M.O.…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Spreading the ball is the Broncos’ M.O.…presented by Mr. Handyman.

If there’s been one constant during Boise State’s Golden Era, it’s been that lots of guys have contributed in the box score. That was magnified last Saturday, when 10 different players caught passes against San Jose State.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


November 04, 2009

"Hout in the right spotlight now…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

Hout in the right spotlight now…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

What an odd season it has been for Byron Hout. Everybody knows how it started right after the win over Oregon in September. Now that it’s November, the more relevant memories of Hout hearken back to last November.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


November 03, 2009

"The three football towns in the West…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

The three football towns in the West…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Brian Murphy’s column in the Statesman Saturday did what it was designed to do. It got some people riled up by saying Boise is not a “football town.” If Boise is a football town, the San Jose State game should have sold out.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:28am | link


November 02, 2009

"Broncos pay no never-mind to the BCS…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Broncos pay no never-mind to the BCS…presented by Mr. Handyman.

There’s a leapfrog every week. Last week it was Horned Frogs, among others. This week, it’s Cincinnati jumping Boise State in the BCS standings. So, instead of trying to make sense of it, BSU pays no attention to it.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


October 30, 2009

"Why can’t the Spartans get over the hump?…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

Why can’t the Spartans get over the hump?…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

If it can’t happen with Dick Tomey, you wonder if it ever will. The respected veteran coach, whom co-workers call “a very young 71,” is in his fifth season at San Jose State, and this one has to be the most frustrating of all.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


October 29, 2009

"WAC’s ESPN contract is good, most of the time…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

WAC’s ESPN contract is good, most of the time…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

I say this not because I won’t be announcing the Boise State-Idaho game. It’s too bad, but I don’t give a diddly about that. This is about fans around the state of Idaho being denied a tradition.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


October 28, 2009

"It’s just what Kellen does…presented by Mr. Handyman."

It’s just what Kellen does…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Anyone who knows about Kellen Moore’s high school career is not surprised by what’s happening now. The Boise State sophomore is leading the nation in pass efficiency for the second week. And there’s one overriding reason.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:38am | link


October 27, 2009

"The next leapfrog prepares for takeoff…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

The next leapfrog prepares for takeoff…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

Now that the TCU trampoline has jumped Boise State so swiftly and suddenly, Matt Hayes of the Sporting News Daily online edition presents another aggravating possibility for more than just Bronco faithful.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


October 22, 2009

"Trying to answer Coach Pete’s only losing streak...presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Trying to answer Coach Pete’s only losing streak...presented by Clearview Cleaning.

(Tom Scott's column will return Tuesday.) How relevant it is this week is a matter of debate, but Boise State has lost two straight games at Aloha Stadium.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:35am | link


October 21, 2009

"Sustainability in the new century…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Sustainability in the new century…presented by Mr. Handyman.

This could be a “whatever happened to” segment. Because numerous mid-major schools have made runs into the Top 25 the past 10 years, but a select few have been able to make it stick. Remember the 2007 Hawaii Warriors?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


October 20, 2009

"The defender who’s had the toughest start…presented by Ground FX."

The defender who’s had the toughest start…presented by Ground FX.

History would dictate that the Hawaii game this Saturday presents an interesting dynamic for Boise State cornerback Brandyn Thompson, who’s still looking to find his groove this season.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


October 19, 2009

"Not controlling any destiny, even if they win ‘em all…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Not controlling any destiny, even if they win ‘em all…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The AP story on the first BCS standings was enlightening yesterday. About halfway through it turned to the subject of Boise State and its No. 4 ranking—and stayed there the rest of the way.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


October 16, 2009

"They still just wanna play football…presented by Ground FX."

They still just wanna play football…presented by Ground FX.

I’ve said this before, but Boise State did not ask to be ranked No. 5, nor did its fans. And that’s what’s so interesting when you hear the discontent nationally about the Broncos’ ranking—people thinking Boise has a sense of entitlement.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:12am | link


October 15, 2009

"The storylines as they played out...presented by Mr. Handyman."

The storylines as they played out...presented by Mr. Handyman.

You had the “do they deserve to be in the national championship discussion” thing, and the “Oklahoma beat Tulsa 45-0” thing. Those subjects bounced off each other. Was Boise State’s 28-21 win over Tulsa enough?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


October 14, 2009

"The missing link must manifest itself...presented by Ground FX."

The missing link must manifest itself...presented by Ground FX.

All would appear to be well at this point for the Boise State defense. The Broncos lead the WAC in fewest points allowed, fewest yards allowed, pass efficiency defense and interceptions. But there’s one frustrating number.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


October 13, 2009

"Expecting the real Broncos to board the plane…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Expecting the real Broncos to board the plane…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Call them excuses if you like, but there are some things to consider when delving into Boise State’s less-than-stellar effort against UC Davis—and the prospects for a better one tomorrow night at Tulsa on ESPN.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


October 12, 2009

"Malzahn is gone, but the “O” remains…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Malzahn is gone, but the “O” remains…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Offensive guru Gus Malzahn, as discussed here last Friday, took Tulsa to unprecedented offensive heights the past two seasons. He left behind plenty for the Boise State defensive staff to chew on.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


October 09, 2009

"Programs on the same page…presented by Ground FX."

Programs on the same page…presented by Ground FX.

Forgive the Boise State and Tulsa coaching staffs if they’re found rifling through notes they took in the summer of 2008. Bronco coaches have long spent time during the summer visiting other organizations, and last year it was Tulsa.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:14am | link


October 08, 2009

"Curse of the perceived high horse…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Curse of the perceived high horse…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The rest of the WAC is growing weary of hearing how bad it is. And those schools always hear it in the context of Boise State running the table. The attitude about the Broncos around the conference is becoming quite evident.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


October 07, 2009

"Looking for more than feast or famine…presented by Ground FX."

Looking for more than feast or famine…presented by Ground FX.

What’s up—or what’s down—with the Boise State running game? Consistency, that’s all. The Broncos were held to 101 yards on the ground against UC Davis. That seems shocking, but it’s really not if you read between the lines.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


October 06, 2009

"On the subject of bodies in the seats…presented by Mr. Handyman."

On the subject of bodies in the seats…presented by Mr. Handyman.

You’ve seen the term “announced attendance” in the reporting of various sporting events, pro, college and otherwise. Sometimes it's there to intimate that the number announced isn’t entirely accurate.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


October 05, 2009

"The price of the bullseye…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

The price of the bullseye…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Can you maintain that chip on your shoulder when you’re No. 5 in the country? Maybe not. Boise State faced a team that wanted it more Saturday night—an uncommon occurrence during the Golden Era.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:15am | link


October 02, 2009

"Has it sunk in yet, sports fans?…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Has it sunk in yet, sports fans?…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Okay, it’s going to be cool tomorrow night, and times are tough in the Treasure Valley, and it’s just an FCS team coming to the blue turf. But it still doesn’t make sense that Bronco Stadium will be under capacity for the second straight game.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:26am | link


October 01, 2009

"A Tyler Sheehan sequel Saturday…presented by Ground FX."

A Tyler Sheehan sequel Saturday…presented by Ground FX.

A week ago we were talking about a guy who had just launched 62 passes in his previous game, completing 43 of them. UC Davis quarterback Greg Denham has aired it out with a vengeance as well this season.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:36am | link


September 30, 2009

"The strongest branch on this coaching tree…presented by Mr. Handyman."

The strongest branch on this coaching tree…presented by Mr. Handyman.

When Dan Hawkins was at Boise State, he’d talk about this coach and that coach as being “Davis guys.” He was a Davis guy. And Hawkins had a man on his staff who has become the hottest Davis guy in college football right now.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


September 29, 2009

"To some, it doesn’t seem preposterous…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

To some, it doesn’t seem preposterous…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The New York Times isn’t talking about BCS-busting as much as national championship game possibilities when it discusses Boise State, TCU and Houston. The Broncos in particular.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


September 28, 2009

"It’s gotta be the topic of the day…presented by Mr. Handyman."

It’s gotta be the topic of the day…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Boise State has been trained over the past five years not to look at, obsess about, or react to its position in the national polls or speculation about BCS bowls. But that doesn’t mean everyone else isn’t talking about it, so here we go.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:15am | link


September 25, 2009

"Who isn’t anxious to see Doug Martin?…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Who isn’t anxious to see Doug Martin?…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

You’ve heard this one before. After the 2007 season, Boise State defensive players said Doug Martin was the best running back they faced all season. Now, fans get to see what Martin’s all about in a spotlight situation.

posted by Tom Scott at 6:05am | link


September 24, 2009

"The search for consistency…presented by A-1 Plumbing."

The search for consistency…presented by A-1 Plumbing.

If you just read the team box score of last Friday’s 51-34 Boise State win over Fresno State, you might not get a clear picture of the Broncos’ task at hand this week. Take 480 yards and five offensive touchdowns, and all is okay, right?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


September 23, 2009

"A dink ‘n dunk delight?…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

A dink ‘n dunk delight?…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

The Bowling Green passing game Boise State will face Saturday night in Northern Ohio takes some dissection. Only Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts has thrown more passes this season than the Falcons’ Tyler Sheehan.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:26am | link


September 22, 2009

"First major change of course on offense…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

First major change of course on offense…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The weekly Boise State depth chart was passed out before Chris Petersen’s Monday press conference. It did not include D.J. Harper, telling us the junior running back is out this Saturday. Then Petersen filled in the blanks.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


September 21, 2009

"The furthest thing from their minds…presented by A-1 Plumbing."

The furthest thing from their minds…presented by A-1 Plumbing.

Question not to be asked today at Chris Petersen’s press conference: “Golly, coach Pete, how does it feel to be No. 8 in both polls, especially after BYU lost, making you guys the highest-ranked non-BCS team?”

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


September 18, 2009

"Looking for a little breakout déjà vu…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Looking for a little breakout déjà vu…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The first time Jeremy Avery touched the ball in his Boise State career, he broke out a 50-yard run in the 2007 opener against Idaho State. The highlight of his freshman year came midway through the season at Fresno State on ESPN.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


September 17, 2009

"Push comes to shove again: stop the run…presented by Angell’s."

Push comes to shove again: stop the run…presented by Angell’s.

The most noticeable difference in the Fresno State offense this year is quarterback Ryan Colburn flinging it all over the field. But reason numero uno that it’s happening is the Bulldogs’ old bread and butter.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


September 16, 2009

"Full circle or more frustration?…presented by A-1 Plumbing."

Full circle or more frustration?…presented by A-1 Plumbing.

It was almost four years ago that Fresno State believed it had rung in a new order in the world of the WAC. The Bulldogs had finally picked up their first conference victory over Boise State.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


September 15, 2009

"Get those rivalry juices goin’…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Get those rivalry juices goin’…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Just before the season started, the Fresno Bee conducted an informal players poll among Fresno State Bulldogs. One question was, “Who is the most overrated college football program?"

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


September 14, 2009

"The bad news is the good news…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

The bad news is the good news…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

Here’s Boise State after an emotional Opening Night win over No. 16 Oregon in Game 1 and a 48-0 shutout of Miami (Ohio) in Game 2, and what’s the theme this week? “Wow, there’s a lot of work to do.”

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


September 11, 2009

"A quick start from a guy due for one…presented by A-1 Plumbing."

A quick start from a guy due for one…presented by A-1 Plumbing.

It was a known that Austin Pettis was going to be a go-to receiver this year. Jeremy Childs was gone, and Pettis was set up perfectly to do it. But that Pettis would dive into that role in Game 1 wasn’t a given.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


September 10, 2009

"No letdown on the field—but at the gate?…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

No letdown on the field—but at the gate?…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

The “L” word was naturally brought up at Chris Petersen’s press conference this week. As in “letdown” after an emotional win over a ranked team and with a 36-point spread on the horizon.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


September 09, 2009

"Already, BSU controls only itself in 2009…presented by A-1 Plumbing."

Already, BSU controls only itself in 2009…presented by A-1 Plumbing.

My oh my. That didn’t take long, did it? A scant one week into the season, Boise State knows just where it stands in the BCS-busting contest. The Broncos are looking up at a Mountain West school, just like one year ago.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


September 08, 2009

"Reverberations in the aftermath…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

Reverberations in the aftermath…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

LeGarrette Blount was suspended for the season by Oregon, while Byron Hout has been sentenced to various duties at the behest of coach Chris Petersen every day. Petersen defends the decision not to suspend Hout.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


September 04, 2009

"And it wasn’t that close…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus."

And it wasn’t that close…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus.

Yesterday at lunch, the fortune in my fortune cookie said, “You will be enlightened today.” Let me count the ways. First—yes, first before LeGarrette Blount—Boise State’s defense has come of age, even when it has only one senior starter.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:28am | link


September 03, 2009

"What is it really all about tonight?…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus."

What is it really all about tonight?…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus.

Some say it’s a one-game season for Boise State. Some call it a national championship elimination game for Oregon. Others want to concentrate on the grudge match overtones after last year’s Bronco win in Eugene.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


September 02, 2009

"An atmosphere for the ages…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus."

An atmosphere for the ages…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus.

Hopefully there will be more nights in Bronco Stadium like the one that’s about to hit tomorrow. But if you’re fortunate enough to go, relish every minute. A record crowd of more than 33,500 fans will play a lot bigger than that.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


September 01, 2009

"The multi-faceted LeGarrette Blount…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus."

The multi-faceted LeGarrette Blount…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus.

You have a 240-pound Oregon running back ready to bear down on Boise State Thursday night. He’s an elite Pac-10 back, but he didn’t log a 100-yard game against the Broncos last year. No, he only had 99.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


August 31, 2009

"Ties that loosely bind beyond coaching staffs…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus."

Ties that loosely bind beyond coaching staffs…presented by Greenwood’s Ski Haus.

You know how the web is woven among the Boise State and Oregon coaching staffs as the big tostada approaches Thursday—from Chris Petersen and Justin Wilcox of the Broncos to Mark Helfrich and Tom Osborne of the Ducks.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


August 28, 2009

"Contrapositive coaching points…presented by Ground FX."

Contrapositive coaching points…presented by Ground FX.

I didn’t even know “contrapositive” was a word. Spell check gives it the red squiggly, but it’s right there in the thesaurus. And it’s a good word when looking at the different coaching dynamics in the Boise State-Oregon game.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:12am | link


August 27, 2009

"Much of the depth chart still in pencil…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Much of the depth chart still in pencil…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

One thing about Boise State coach Chris Petersen: he’s never going to be painted into a corner. The Broncos are spending the rest of this week (among other things) finalizing their personnel groups. And anything can happen.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


August 26, 2009

"Which side of the ball is Martinique?…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

Which side of the ball is Martinique?…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

If you’ve been waiting breathlessly to find out who Boise State’s starting linebackers and offensive linemen are, well, you’ll have to inhale and exhale awhile longer. Same with the ultimate home of Doug Martin.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


August 25, 2009

"Bellotti talks Broncos-Ducks specialness…presented by Boise OnSite Service."

Bellotti talks Broncos-Ducks specialness…presented by Boise OnSite Service.

Former Oregon coach and now athletic director Mike Bellotti was asked about the ol’ “keys to the game” in next Thursday’s Ducks-Boise State extravaganza. He admitted his answer would be predictable, but one item has major merit.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


August 24, 2009

"Balance in the big polls…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Balance in the big polls…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The rankings are nice and symmetrical as we hit the 10-day mark before the Boise State-Oregon hullabaloo on September 3. The first AP Poll has the Broncos at No. 14 and the Ducks at No. 16, exactly opposite from the Coaches Poll.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


August 21, 2009

"The ‘backers brace for their final exam…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

The ‘backers brace for their final exam…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

Tonight is a rather important night for lots of Boise State Broncos. It’s especially big for Derrell Acrey as BSU’s second scrimmage of fall camp unfolds at Bronco Stadium (the last public one before September 3).

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


"The ‘backers brace for their final exam…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

The ‘backers brace for their final exam…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

Tonight is a rather important night for lots of Boise State Broncos. It’s especially big for Derrell Acrey as BSU’s second scrimmage of fall camp unfolds at Bronco Stadium (the last public one before September 3).

posted by Tom Scott at 8:14am | link


August 20, 2009

"Is it now the trendy upset pick?…presented by Boise OnSite Service."

Is it now the trendy upset pick?…presented by Boise OnSite Service.

There are those who are coughing and scoffing when they see early odds favoring Boise State by 5½ points in the opener against Oregon two weeks from tonight. The Broncos may have to get used to a different kind of publicity.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


August 19, 2009

"Neutralization on the Bronco-Duck front…presented by The Pool Doctor Store."

Neutralization on the Bronco-Duck front…presented by The Pool Doctor Store.

What we knew in the early stages of the Boise State-Oregon hype was that national media thought the BSU defensive line was a question mark—and the UO offensive line was, too.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


August 18, 2009

"There’s more where SI came from…presented by Boise OnSite Service."

There’s more where SI came from…presented by Boise OnSite Service.

This is also the week of the Sporting News College Football Preview, which goes into more depth than its competition at Sports Illustrated. And there’s more talk that may have you thinking, “Whoa, Nellie.”

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


August 17, 2009

"Dueling SI cover jinxes…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Dueling SI cover jinxes…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The Sports Illustrated cover jinx may be mythical, but it’s fun fodder. Now it comes to Bronco Stadium. Oregon, of course, is on the cover of SI’s College Football Preview issue. But so is Boise State, in a manner of speaking.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


August 14, 2009

"And wherein lies the rushing game truth?…presented by Mr. Handyman."

And wherein lies the rushing game truth?…presented by Mr. Handyman.

The good news/bad news aspect of preseason scrimmages was evident from the get-go yesterday at Bronco Stadium when D.J. Harper returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Nice job, return team. Uh, what happened, cover team?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:09am | link


August 13, 2009

"In-state kids in the middle of the fray…presented by Boise OnSite Service."

In-state kids in the middle of the fray…presented by Boise OnSite Service.

When you take in this afternoon’s first scrimmage of Boise State fall camp, make note of the local kids. Who says the state of Idaho doesn’t produce FBS talent? One position is loaded with locals.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


August 12, 2009

"Can they get back to us in December?"

Can they get back to us in December?

It’s way too early to be talking about this. (But look, we’re talking about this.) Bowl projections are rolling out now, and ESPN.com college football writers Bruce Feldman and Mark Schlabach predict a certain rematch.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


August 11, 2009

"The gray shades of blue…presented by Mr. Handyman."

The gray shades of blue…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Roster management has become an art among college football coaches. Do you pull ‘em right in, or hold ‘em off? Boise State has one grayshirt this year but may have a slew of them next summer.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


August 10, 2009

"What about those ‘backers?…presented by Boise OnSite Service."

What about those ‘backers?…presented by Boise OnSite Service.

When national prognosticators roll out their analyses of Boise State, they point to inexperience in the Broncos’ defensive front seven. If you watched the team last year, you’d have to say, well, yes and no. Particularly at linebacker.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


August 07, 2009

"The first meaty number has arrived…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

The first meaty number has arrived…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

As we get nearer to September 3, the new rankings released increase in prestige. Like exponentially. The Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll was unveiled early this morning, and Boise State is No. 16.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


August 06, 2009

"It always comes back to the trenches…presented by Mr. Handyman."

It always comes back to the trenches…presented by Mr. Handyman.

When you play a team like Oregon, you’d better be fortified at the point of attack. That was the interesting thing about last year’s game. Boise State was still shuffling on the offensive line and in the process of jelling on the defensive front.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:05am | link


August 05, 2009

"The area in need of re-ignition…presented by Ground FX."

The area in need of re-ignition…presented by Ground FX.

With Boise State fall camp getting underway today, let’s zero in on this as the opening storyline. One of Chris Petersen’s most interesting takes during his session at WAC Media Days last week was on the BSU running game.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


August 04, 2009

"“Kap ‘N Kellen” moves to the watch list…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

“Kap ‘N Kellen” moves to the watch list…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Colin Kaepernick and Kellen Moore may not look at it this way. Nor may Nevada and Boise State. But there’s a rivalry within the rivalry this season, and it’s been reinforced by the Davey O’Brien Award selection committee.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


August 03, 2009

"Like sands through the hourglass…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Like sands through the hourglass…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Believe it or not, it’s one month until kickoff and the big enchilada against Oregon. It’s difficult not to compare the ramp-up to 2009 to the summer-long hypefest of 2005, when BSU prepared to face Georgia.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


July 31, 2009

"Blind-sided by his own anecdote…presented by Ground FX."

Blind-sided by his own anecdote…presented by Ground FX.

WAC Media Days are in the books, and it was a reasonably predictable affair until the Hawaii session yesterday. Then, in the span of about 10 minutes, we were all looking at each other, wondering, “Did that really happen?”

posted by Tom Scott at 8:13am | link


July 29, 2009

"Let the 2009 party begin…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Let the 2009 party begin…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

(Tom Scott’s column will return Friday.) It’s all football today as we gather for WAC Media Days in Salt Lake City. I call this the first day of football season. And it will be shocking if the preseason WAC polls don’t go a certain way.

posted by Tom Scott at 5:54am | link


July 28, 2009

"Ian and the “UFA” label…presented by The Pool Doctor Store."

Ian and the “UFA” label…presented by The Pool Doctor Store.

Brock Forsey has perspective on what Ian Johnson faces in trying to make the Minnesota Vikings roster. The former Boise State star says it’s all about reps in training camp, something Forsey got as a sixth-round draft pick in Chicago.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


July 27, 2009

"With six you get logjam…presented by Ground FX."

With six you get logjam…presented by Ground FX.

It’s a catchup Monday after vacation, and we start with a Sporting News columnist who last week lined out “this year’s nightmare BCS scenario.” Dave Curtis sees a possible six undefeated teams this season.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


July 21, 2009

"Inside-out on the over-unders…presented by the Clearview Cleaning."

Inside-out on the over-unders…presented by the Clearview Cleaning.

(Tom Scott’s column will return Monday.) Colin Cowherd talked about this on ESPN Radio—the Las Vegas over-under lines for college football victories this season. Las Vegas Sports Consultants released its 2009 win totals yesterday.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:09am | link


July 20, 2009

"Proverbial good timing, perhaps…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

Proverbial good timing, perhaps…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

The old sports adage “maybe this loss comes at a good time” could apply to the Boise Burn, who fell on the road Saturday night at South Georgia, 55-45. After an eight-game winning streak, the Burn can hit the reset button now.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


July 17, 2009

"A great hoops story gets better…presented by Wahooz Family Fun Zone."

A great hoops story gets better…presented by Wahooz Family Fun Zone.

Well, it has come to pass. The guy who was collecting towels, loading ball racks and filling water dispensers less than 12 years ago has landed a spot on an NBA staff. Bryan Gates has accepted an invitation to Sacramento.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


July 16, 2009

"The pub in preseason pubs…presented by Wahooz Family Fun Zone."

The pub in preseason pubs…presented by Wahooz Family Fun Zone.

The college football magazine landscape, at one time dominated by Street & Smith’s, is more crowded than ever. Phil Steele is the fastest-rising and most comprehensive, but there’s a late-comer that may be the easiest to decipher.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


July 15, 2009

"The things that don’t add up to ducky…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

The things that don’t add up to ducky…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

Oregon is seen as a top 10 team—or close to it—in most preseason prognostications. And the Ducks could end the season that way. But will they have all their challenges addressed by September 3?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


July 14, 2009

"Talkin’ baseball on a baseball kind of day…presented by The Pool Doctor Store."

Talkin’ baseball on a baseball kind of day…presented by The Pool Doctor Store.

The All-Star Break is a time for pause. The day before and day after the Midsummer Classic are the only days of the year when there are no games scheduled in any of the major professional sports.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


July 13, 2009

"Every recruit counts this year…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

Every recruit counts this year…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

Boise State has four recruiting commitments for the 2010 class, less than half of what it had a year ago right now. On the other hand, the Broncos are probably halfway home in this year’s process.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


July 10, 2009

"Who’s the Heisman candidate September 3?…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Who’s the Heisman candidate September 3?…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Oregon fans will tell Boise State fans that they never got the chance to see the real Jeremiah Masoli last September. One prominent national writer thinks the real Masoli has some hardware possibilities.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


July 09, 2009

"Hey—Michigan’s looking for a marquee opponent…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Hey—Michigan’s looking for a marquee opponent…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Is this the type of opportunity Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier is looking for in BSU’s re-focused scheduling philosophy? The rumored demise of a rumored Michigan-Georgia game gets you thinkin’.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


July 08, 2009

"Scary numbers in a psychological kind of way…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

Scary numbers in a psychological kind of way…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

As we dip deeper into July, the college football news starts ramping up. Now we have odds on 2009 games. The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has identified 130 “key games” for the season.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


July 07, 2009

"Various foods for local football thought…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Various foods for local football thought…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Not to belabor the Sporting News angle, but—beyond the feature on Boise State coach Chris Petersen—this week’s issue opens up the vault on the magazine’s 2009 preseason rankings, No. 1 to 120.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


July 06, 2009

"“The grass isn’t always bluer”…presented by Mr. Handyman."

“The grass isn’t always bluer”…presented by Mr. Handyman.

If you get the Sporting News, you may have been flipping through the new issue when it arrived. And when you got to page 56, the first thing that caught your eye was a two-page color photo of a Boise backdrop.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


July 02, 2009

"As good a chance as anybody…presented by The Pool Doctor Store."

As good a chance as anybody…presented by The Pool Doctor Store.

There are four Boise State products still on NFL rosters as rookie undrafted free agents. It is, of course, the toughest road to making a team. The one who’s in the best position right now might surprise you.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:13am | link


July 01, 2009

"Observing from afar on the first of July...presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Observing from afar on the first of July...presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Today’s the day Larry Scott succeeds Tom Hansen as commissioner of the Pac-10. It’s no less far-fetched today than it has been, but you’ve got to check out a couple sentences from the Sporting News Daily online edition.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


June 30, 2009

"A slanted Slant, but with good reason…presented by Mr. Handyman."

A slanted Slant, but with good reason…presented by Mr. Handyman.

I don’t expect everyone to believe me when I say this, but hey—Boise State football fans have been extremely lucky. For 25 years, they’ve been able to see almost every Bronco road game on TV.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


June 29, 2009

"Here’s your ultimate Ian Johnson doubter…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

Here’s your ultimate Ian Johnson doubter…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

Today we’ll play point-counterpoint with Mel Kiper Jr.’s assessment of Ian Johnson’s NFL chances. Kiper’s opinions seem to be prevailing ones as Johnson tries to make the Minnesota Vikings roster.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


June 26, 2009

"Variation of a Three Dog Night classic…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

Variation of a Three Dog Night classic…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

“Well I’ve never been to Spain. But I’ve beaten Oklahoma.” Not exactly how the song went, but close enough. And that was more or less the tune yesterday as Colin Cowherd talked about the U.S. men’s soccer upset of Spain.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


June 25, 2009

"Stay north young man, if you can…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Stay north young man, if you can…presented by Mr. Handyman.

The second and final exhibition games of the Canadian Football League are in the books—now the waiting game is on for several local notables. Final cuts for regular season CFL rosters are due today.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:13am | link


June 24, 2009

"All aboard who’s comin’ aboard...presented by Angell's Bar & Grill."

All aboard who’s comin’ aboard...presented by Angell's Bar & Grill.

There’s no more waiting list for Boise State football season tickets. Anyone who wants to join the Bronco Stadium party can, as the smoke has cleared on the most interesting renewal process in school history.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


June 23, 2009

"Only two recruits, but right on track…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

Only two recruits, but right on track…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

Boise State’s goal of returning to “one quarterback per class” appears to have reached fruition, as Grant Hedrick of Independence, OR, confirmed yesterday on Idaho SportsTalk he has committed to the Broncos.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


June 22, 2009

"So, will the Ducks be ready to play?…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

So, will the Ducks be ready to play?…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

ESPN.com’s Top 25 countdown has reached No. 11, where Oregon sits. Ted Miller’s sidebar column is about Walter Thurmond, the Ducks’ star cornerback, and his role in the opener at Bronco Stadium September 3.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


June 19, 2009

"Playing with passion—and compassion…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Playing with passion—and compassion…presented by Mr. Handyman.

I have a feeling the Boise Hawks are going to play inspired baseball when they take the field for Opening Night tomorrow against the Tri-City Dust Devils. The Hawks should reach back for something extra in honor of their manager.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


June 18, 2009

"Far-fetched, but fun stuff nonetheless…presented by The Pool Doctor Store."

Far-fetched, but fun stuff nonetheless…presented by The Pool Doctor Store.

Andy Staples’ “Inside College Football” column at SI.com recently concocted an "Ultimate Playoff Buster Scenario" that placed Boise State and Utah in an expanded Pac-12. An outcry from BYU fans has him re-thinking his idea.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


June 17, 2009

"A paradigm shift at the Varsity Center…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

A paradigm shift at the Varsity Center…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

One of the sore thumbs in Boise State’s 2009 football schedule is the absence of a meaty road game. Unfortunately, not enough people are buying Tulsa as “meaty.” But the recession is bringing a new reality in scheduling.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


June 16, 2009

"Happy campers and happy counselors…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Happy campers and happy counselors…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Boise State’s coaching staff is occupied this week with high school camps at Bronco Stadium. And that says a lot more than it used to. The camps have become places where BSU identifies those all-important diamonds in the rough.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


June 15, 2009

"The new late spring/early summer thing…presented by Ground FX."

The new late spring/early summer thing…presented by Ground FX.

It only lasts a half day or so, but the Ironman 70.3 Boise has given the community something to sink its collective teeth into. A large throng at the BoDo finish line—and the storybook ending it witnessed—cements it.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:14am | link


June 12, 2009

"A very public and pointed dissertation…presented by Angell’s."

A very public and pointed dissertation…presented by Angell’s.

It’s been duly noted that Boise State president Bob Kustra has written an extensive essay on the inequities of the BCS bowl system on BSU’s website. Kustra doesn’t pull any punches in his opening paragraph.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


June 11, 2009

"This guy would be most deserving…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

This guy would be most deserving…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

At some point Bryan Gates is going to leave his head coaching post with the Idaho Stampede. And the way things are going, it’ll be for all the right reasons. Gates is getting specific mention now for a place on an NBA bench.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:11am | link


June 10, 2009

"Not much room at the Blue Turf Inn…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Not much room at the Blue Turf Inn…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The transfer of walkon tight end Josh Hill from Boise State to Idaho State will soon be a footnote to the 2009 season. But Hill is a good player and could very well strike it big with the Bengals. It just magnifies the Broncos’ luxury of depth.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


June 09, 2009

"Stocking up on the Boys of Summer…presented by the Angell’s Bar & Grill."

Stocking up on the Boys of Summer…presented by the Angell’s Bar & Grill.

The Major League Draft commences today, without the hoopla and media attention of the drafts in the NFL and NBA. But the guessing game will begin in the Boise Hawks front office. Which of these guys will head for Memorial Stadium?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


June 08, 2009

"Look for more where this came from…presented by the Pool Doctor Store."

Look for more where this came from…presented by the Pool Doctor Store.

Won’t be the last time you hear a story like this. Perhaps as soon as next season, the WAC will reduce the field in its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments from nine teams to eight. Any need to ask why?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:15am | link


June 05, 2009

"The Tangled Web Bowl…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

The Tangled Web Bowl…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

On the surface, it’s just another day at the office tomorrow night for the Boise Burn. But there are enough sidebars in this game to last a season. The Joe O’Brien angle has been covered. But there’s more.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:11am | link


June 04, 2009

"PRPs prove to be pivotal in the big picture…presented by BBSI."

PRPs prove to be pivotal in the big picture…presented by BBSI.

This week marks the beginning of a key time in Boise State’s 2009 football season. Summer conditioning starts, along with player-run practices. Coach Chris Petersen says this is when the Broncos glue themselves together.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:26am | link


June 03, 2009

"A tortuous path back to Boise…presented by Mr. Handyman."

A tortuous path back to Boise…presented by Mr. Handyman.

The advent of af2 in 2007 has brought some interesting stories as the Boise Burn have weaved their way through arena ball. But there’s been nothing that matches the return of Joe O’Brien, a former Boise State All-American.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:29am | link


June 02, 2009

"Not-so-extreme makeover…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Not-so-extreme makeover…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

I know there’s some sentiment in the community to drag one’s foot on the ground and slow this scooter down. Yet another uniform change for Boise State? The latest wardrobe re-do happened just two years ago.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


June 01, 2009

"Fearless forecast puts Broncos in forefront…presented by BBSI."

Fearless forecast puts Broncos in forefront…presented by BBSI.

Is it just me? Or are the college football preseason magazines coming out earlier every year? In the old days, you couldn’t wait for Street & Smith’s to hit the racks. Phil Steele steals a lot of thunder these days, though.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


May 29, 2009

"Original Vinny vies for a spot with the Vikings…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Original Vinny vies for a spot with the Vikings…presented by Mr. Handyman.

There’s been a lot thrown about this week regarding “the next Vinny Perretta.” How about the current Vinny? Not to forget that he’s trying to do what Ian Johnson’s trying to do: make the Minnesota roster as an undrafted free agent.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


May 28, 2009

"Kellen Moore in the top one percent?…presented by Ground FX."

Kellen Moore in the top one percent?…presented by Ground FX.

Let’s do some simple math—how many players are there in the FBS? If each of the 120 teams has, say, 80 eligible guys each season, that’s 9,600 players. Now that we have that perspective, let’s let Rivals.com narrow it down.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:11am | link


May 27, 2009

"A Minter who could be a Perretta…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

A Minter who could be a Perretta…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Vinny Perretta’s role at Boise State the past four years has become almost a defined position. BSU already has a couple possible matches in the wings, but there’s another on the way with a uniquely Bronco story.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


May 26, 2009

"Masoli’s all about Labor Day weekend now…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Masoli’s all about Labor Day weekend now…presented by Mr. Handyman.

No doubt that the Oregon quarterback job belongs to Jeremiah Masoli now after Justin Roper was granted his release to transfer Saturday. But the consensus among Ducks fans is they really needed Roper as the No. 2 guy.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


May 22, 2009

"The assistant across the pond…presented by Ground FX."

The assistant across the pond…presented by Ground FX.

Ian Thomsen at SI.com ran a great feature on Coby Karl yesterday. It goes like this: “The top expert on the [NBA] Western Conference Finals wakes up nine time zones away from the series in Los Angeles."

posted by Tom Scott at 8:10am | link


May 21, 2009

"Now we get into the interesting ones…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Now we get into the interesting ones…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The “way too early” Top 25 lists have been trickling out, with Boise State getting due notice. It’s not too early for Athlon, college football’s top-selling preseason magazine. Athlon is counting down—and unveiled No. 12 yesterday.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


May 20, 2009

"They are where you thought they were…presented by Mr. Handyman."

They are where you thought they were…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Maybe they’re not where you wish they were. But Scott Burt and Lance Galbraith, two of the more popular players ever to wear Idaho Steelheads uniforms, are in position for their third Kelly Cup championship in the past six years.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


May 19, 2009

"The first great Bronco defender…presented by Ground FX."

The first great Bronco defender…presented by Ground FX.

He’s a Pro Football Hall of Famer and was a charter member of Boise State’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Now he’s in the inaugural class of a newly-formed Hall through the team with which he was so strongly identified.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


May 18, 2009

"One more ESPN.com note, if I may…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

One more ESPN.com note, if I may…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Yes, I know you’re probably ESPN.com’ed out. But there are two things at work here: 1) it’s a slow time of the year in local sports, and 2) Boise State keeps popping up on the Worldwide Leader’s website.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:28am | link


May 15, 2009

"Wrapping up the WAC spring wrap…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Wrapping up the WAC spring wrap…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Before we let ESPN.com’s WAC spring football wrap fade into the archives, let’s make sure Boise State fans have make-or-break dates coordinated on their calendars. There’s one that could fly under the radar.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


May 14, 2009

"Time to climb out of the quicksand…presented by Ground FX."

Time to climb out of the quicksand…presented by Ground FX.

It takes a long time for ESPN.com to weave through all its spring football wrapups and get to the WAC. But it’s finally there. Nothing unexpected from Graham Watson. She has props for Idaho, though.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:09am | link


May 13, 2009

"A look at Boise and Moscow from Boulder…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

A look at Boise and Moscow from Boulder…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The Sporting News this week features a special report: 50 States – 50 Rivalries. I think you can guess which rivalry in which sport was chosen for the state of Idaho. And look who TSN went to for comment.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


May 12, 2009

"Why couldn’t Ian be “deep to receive?”…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Why couldn’t Ian be “deep to receive?”…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Followup on my Sunday Sports Extra segment: conventional NFL wisdom says Ian Johnson wouldn’t be a potential kickoff or punt returner. But you never know. Let’s use another former Boise State star as a case study.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


May 11, 2009

"As good as they come for Boise State…presented by Ground FX."

As good as they come for Boise State…presented by Ground FX.

The Sporting News Today online edition is running a series on position rankings in the NFL. In declaring “a new era at offensive tackle,” the publication has former Boise State star Ryan Clady ranked No. 1. Yes, numero uno.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


May 08, 2009

"Each revelation is worse than the last…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Each revelation is worse than the last…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The ol’ Scott Slant is a local sports column. It’s a rarity that it strays from local, but when I saw the Manny Ramirez news yesterday, I thought, “You have got to be kidding me.”

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


May 07, 2009

"Talk about comin’ out of nowhere…presented by Mr. Handyman."

Talk about comin’ out of nowhere…presented by Mr. Handyman.

Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com has a list of “10 breakout players from spring practices.” And there’s a most unlikely name on it. No. 8 is Boise State offensive tackle Michael Ames.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


May 06, 2009

"Strange bedfellows do not go unnoticed…presented by Ground FX."

Strange bedfellows do not go unnoticed…presented by Ground FX.

Graham Watson, who covers non-BCS schools for ESPN.com, writes this week what many were thinking after the Congressional hearings last Friday on the BCS bowl system.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


May 05, 2009

"Ducks say they’re ready to fly with a burner…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Ducks say they’re ready to fly with a burner…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Yesterday I mentioned SI.com saying Boise State’s secondary “might be one of the nation’s best." Well, the first salvo may have been fired on that subject, and it comes from Eugene.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


May 04, 2009

"There’ll be a lot more where this came from…presented by Mr. Handyman."

There’ll be a lot more where this came from…presented by Mr. Handyman.

It’s a catch-up Monday, leading off with SI.com’s post-spring practice Top 25 compiled by Andy Staples last week. And there’s that “BCS-buster” tag again. Right now it goes to TCU and Boise State.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


May 01, 2009

"Elongation of an exhausting debate…presented by Ground FX."

Elongation of an exhausting debate…presented by Ground FX.

Let me first say that I hope Gene Bleymaier’s audience with Congress goes well today. But I agree with what Mike Prater said yesterday on Idaho SportsTalk. The controversy over the BCS bowl system just wears me out.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


April 30, 2009

"The blue chips are on the shoulders…presented by Brundage Mountain."

The blue chips are on the shoulders…presented by Brundage Mountain.

I knew somebody was going to do this (I hadn’t gotten around to it yet). An Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist charted the final 2008 AP Top 25 and found something interesting about Boise State.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:14am | link


April 29, 2009

"BSU still looking for that breakthrough NFL skill guy…presented by BBSI."

BSU still looking for that breakthrough NFL skill guy…presented by BBSI.

One thing I brought out on Sunday Sports Extra this week: the draft hopes of Ian Johnson and Jeremy Childs et al were not exactly boosted by Boise State’s legacy at the skill positions in the NFL.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


April 28, 2009

"Free agency: different strokes for different folks…presented by Brundage Mountain."

Free agency: different strokes for different folks…presented by Brundage Mountain.

Not that Ian Johnson doesn’t, but Vinny Perretta has this NFL dream process in the proper perspective. Perretta didn’t expect to be drafted—he wasn’t—and now he’s ecstatic at the shot he has with the Vikings.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:26am | link


April 27, 2009

"It may not be fair—it just is what it is…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

It may not be fair—it just is what it is…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The last time Ian Johnson was seen in a football uniform on the blue turf, a crowd of 32,000 was chanting his name during the clinching of a WAC championship. It was a sendoff of sorts to the next chapter of Johnson’s life, the one in the NFL.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


April 24, 2009

"Parallels between high-profile Broncos…presented by The Pool Doctor Store."

Parallels between high-profile Broncos…presented by The Pool Doctor Store.

The last time Boise State had a running back of Ian Johnson’s magnitude waiting for the NFL Draft was in 2003 with Brock Forsey. But Johnson has some advantages Forsey didn’t have back then.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:15am | link


April 23, 2009

"Two senior starters = two captains…presented by BBSI."

Two senior starters = two captains…presented by BBSI.

It was easier to do than it was a year ago. Boise State coach Chris Petersen has identified his leaders and has named the Broncos’ 2009 captains. The team only has five seniors, only two of them starters, but those two are a cut above.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


April 22, 2009

"Might be only one this year...presented by The Pool Doctor Store."

Might be only one this year...presented by The Pool Doctor Store.

Can Boise State get at least two players drafted into the NFL for the third consecutive year? Ian Johnson appears that he’ll make the cut. That leaves BSU’s other candidate, wide receiver Jeremy Childs.

posted by Tom Scott at 6:29am | link


April 21, 2009

"You keep hearing “sixth or seventh”…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

You keep hearing “sixth or seventh”…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Ian Johnson’s long wait for the NFL Draft ends this weekend when the names start flowing from New York and Johnson waits in his hometown of San Dimas, CA. The closer we get to the draft, the more it looks like Sunday.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:29am | link


April 20, 2009

"A spring game for future reference…presented by The Pool Doctor Store."

A spring game for future reference…presented by The Pool Doctor Store.

Brent Pease and Pete Kwiatkowski, sporting their Bear Bryant/Lyle Smith fedoral attire, pulled out some classic Boise State ingenuity during the Blue & Orange Game Friday night. Now, what might be dusted off down the line?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


April 17, 2009

"Leaner could be meaner, too…presented by Brundage Mountain Resort."

Leaner could be meaner, too…presented by Brundage Mountain Resort.

The trend started last year, but with 320-pound Andrew Woodruff now gone, the Boise State offensive line is strikingly svelte. It’s built for speed, and it’ll get its final spring exam in tonight’s Blue & Orange Game.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


April 16, 2009

"And you thought it was bad in Boise last weekend…presented by BBSI."

And you thought it was bad in Boise last weekend…presented by BBSI.

It’s one thing to be swept out of your own building and lose home ice advantage against a team you dominated during the regular season. What happened to the Idaho Steelheads last night was quite another.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


April 15, 2009

"Don’t try to pick a winner…presented by Brundage Mountain Resort."

Don’t try to pick a winner…presented by Brundage Mountain Resort.

The “draft” results are out, and the Boise State football team has been divvied up into two 40-man rosters for Friday night’s Blue & Orange Game. You may look at the lists and like this or that, but there’ll be some schemin’ going on.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


April 14, 2009

"They know what they’ve got…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

They know what they’ve got…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Analyzing Boise State spring football is very different this year. After the first BSU scrimmage of the spring, there was no panic over the defense’s performance. Nor was there fretting over the offense after the second scrum.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


April 13, 2009

"Nothing left to do but to dodge déjà vu…presented by Brundage Mountain."

Nothing left to do but to dodge déjà vu…presented by Brundage Mountain.

I don’t think I jinxed the Idaho Steelheads Friday by bringing up last year’s first round sweep by Alaska in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. But something was amiss as the Steelheads got whomped up ‘side the head by Victoria.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


April 10, 2009

"Where scheduling may create opportunity…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Where scheduling may create opportunity…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Whereas Boise State’s schedule will always keep the Broncos from reaching the national championship game if they go unbeaten, Stewart Mandel at SI.com says that’s not necessarily the case with another non-BCS power.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:10am | link


April 09, 2009

"A shoulder chip the size of Table Rock…presented by BBSI."

A shoulder chip the size of Table Rock…presented by BBSI.

It was just an innocent little passing drill right before the second spring scrimmage started, but you could tell the Boise State defense wanted to set a tone even then. That was a very tuned-in group yesterday.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:06am | link


April 08, 2009

"Looking for relatively long memories…presented by The Blind Guy."

Looking for relatively long memories…presented by The Blind Guy.

Spring football this year is the longest it’s ever been at Boise State—not in terms of practice time, but calendar. So how long ago was March 19 for the Broncos? Not very, if coach Chris Petersen has anything to say about it.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


April 07, 2009

"Sophomores can be leaders, too…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Sophomores can be leaders, too…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

When you consider the new prototype for leadership for Boise State football, you go straight to some second-year guys. Players with football smarts and swagger, and we’re not just talking Kellen Moore.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


April 06, 2009

"Steelies news: a delightfully broken record…presented by BBSI."

Steelies news: a delightfully broken record…presented by BBSI.

We started going through the “X points in the last X games” routine with the Idaho Steelheads’ Bryan McGregor two weeks ago, when he finished a series at Victoria with, well, seven points in those two games.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


April 03, 2009

"WAC schedule, upon further review…presented by The Blind Guy."

WAC schedule, upon further review…presented by The Blind Guy.

The bloom is off the ESPN orchid in Hawaii, and I don’t know what you’d say about Fresno State. The Warriors have quickly lost the magnetism they had built during June Jones’ years at UH, but only two ESPN dates this year?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:10am | link


April 02, 2009

"Told ya I was curious…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Told ya I was curious…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

When Boise State’s non-conference schedule was released last week, I wondered aloud about the UC Davis home game being moved from the third week of September into October. Was something cooking with ESPN?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


April 01, 2009

"Meandering through the vernal gridiron…presented by Ground FX."

Meandering through the vernal gridiron…presented by Ground FX.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen describes Bronco spring football at roughly the halfway point. Already? BSU doesn’t even hit scrimmage No. 2 for another week. It’s an odd, experimental format this year.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


March 31, 2009

"D-line is thin—Canadian Bacon is not…presented by The Blind Guy."

D-line is thin—Canadian Bacon is not…presented by The Blind Guy.

The talk of Boise State offensive players last fall was a redshirting defensive tackle who won the Broncos’ Defensive Scout team Player of the Year award—hands down. Now, Mike Atkinson is getting a lot of reps.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


March 30, 2009

"Choate charts next course for Bronco hybrid…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Choate charts next course for Bronco hybrid…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The grading process at linebacker has to be interesting for the Boise State football staff. Especially at “nicklebacker,” Ellis Powers’ old spot. The improvised position is now a focal point of the Bronco defense.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


March 27, 2009

"Curious about the third week of September…presented by Ground FX."

Curious about the third week of September…presented by Ground FX.

“Tentative” is the byword these days with Boise State football scheduling. The Broncos unveiled their tentative non-conference schedule yesterday, and even it has been turned inside out due to ESPN.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:26am | link


March 26, 2009

"Kellen’s a cover boy again…presented by The Blind Guy."

Kellen’s a cover boy again…presented by The Blind Guy.

ESPN.com’s Graham Watson broke away from her duties at the Boise Bracket last week long enough for some Bronco football coverage, and the result is a photo and story about Kellen Moore on the college football homepage.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


March 25, 2009

"The WAC’s bill of turnstile health…presented by the Ashley Inn of Cascade."

The WAC’s bill of turnstile health…presented by the Ashley Inn of Cascade.

Final WAC attendance figures are in for 2008-09, and it won’t surprise you that the conference was down eight percent from last season. But to arrive at that number, WAC schools have gone all over the board.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


March 24, 2009

"Little Hawk could change QB dynamic…presented by the Clearview Cleaning."

Little Hawk could change QB dynamic…presented by the Clearview Cleaning.

The Boise State staff has spring break now to go over film of last Thursday’s initial scrimmage of spring football and see what’s hot and what’s not. On the offensive side of the ball, more of it’s hot than not.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:18am | link


March 23, 2009

"Upon further review, not that big a deal…presented by the Ground FX."

Upon further review, not that big a deal…presented by the Ground FX.

So this is why whenever anything looks like it stinks to high heaven, one should allow one’s self to chill out and process. Missouri coach Mike Anderson infuriated the Taco Bell Arena crowd yesterday with 5½ seconds left yesterday.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


March 20, 2009

"Live by the three, die by the three…presented by the Ashley Inn of Cascade."

Live by the three, die by the three…presented by the Ashley Inn of Cascade.

The three-pointer, now 23 years old, can be a game-changer for teams who are good at shooting it. And there’ll be three of those in underdog roles in Taco Bell Arena as the first round of the NCAA Tournament unfolds.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


March 19, 2009

"Beware the bashed Badgers…presented by the Clearview Cleaning."

Beware the bashed Badgers…presented by the Clearview Cleaning.

This ain’t 2008 anymore. A year ago, Wisconsin went into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed and made it to the Sweet 16 before being cast aside by Davidson. That left some high expectations for this season.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:13am | link


March 18, 2009

"Cornell getting Mizzou at the wrong time"

Cornell getting Mizzou at the wrong time

There won’t be any Hampton-type upsets in the Boise bracket this year. That’s because we don’t have a No. 2 seed like in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. This time underdog-lovers have to get behind a No. 14 against a No. 3.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


March 17, 2009

"Star power awaits Friday night…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

Star power awaits Friday night…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

I knew hardly a thing about Florida State’s Toney Douglas until the 4:00 hour Sunday afternoon. That’s when we found out the Seminoles were headed for Boise to play Wisconsin Friday—and the superlatives started flowing.

posted by Tom Scott at 7:04am | link


March 16, 2009

"The West’s weakness is our loss…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

The West’s weakness is our loss…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Before the NCAA Tournament went to regional mish-mash in 2004, you knew that we’d get either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed when the first and second rounds were played in Boise. In 2005 there was no guarantee, but we got lucky.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:31am | link


March 13, 2009

"The season in a nutshell…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

The season in a nutshell…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

There were more inconsistent teams in the WAC this season (like Fresno State), but not in the upper echelon of the conference. Boise State had a solid start and a deflating finish yesterday in the WAC quarterfinals.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


March 12, 2009

"Broncos-Aggies 2009 track record…presented by the Ashley Inn of Cascade."

Broncos-Aggies 2009 track record…presented by the Ashley Inn of Cascade.

The term “track record” is appropriate, considering the tempo expected when Boise State and New Mexico State square off in the WAC Tournament. So where did the fireworks come from earlier this winter?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


March 11, 2009

"Will the Broncos need their Windex?…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Will the Broncos need their Windex?…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

At first glance, crashing the boards would appear to be a key in the track meet expected from Boise State and New Mexico State tomorrow in the WAC Tournament. But a closer look makes that debatable.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


March 10, 2009

"And then there was one, as in backup…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill."

And then there was one, as in backup…presented by Angell’s Bar & Grill.

Three years ago it was about backup quarterback—the past two it’s been about starting QB. The names Tharp, Hamdan and Lomax were prominent each spring. But Boise State’s dynamic has changed immensely.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


March 09, 2009

"Double-barreled game plan does in Broncos…presented by The Ashley Inn."

Double-barreled game plan does in Broncos…presented by The Ashley Inn.

Nevada coach Mark Fox had a couple plans for Boise State Saturday night. Both worked, and they led the Wolf Pack to a 69-60 win over the Broncos. It was bodies off the bench and bodies around the arc.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


March 06, 2009

"The Broncos run, keeping the “mo” in tow…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

The Broncos run, keeping the “mo” in tow…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

It was Boise State that should have been draggin’ last night. But the Broncos figured they had more depth than Fresno State, and they kept running until the Bulldogs wore down, clocking a 79-65 victory.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


March 05, 2009

"Avoiding a valley after the peak…presented by Ground FX."

Avoiding a valley after the peak…presented by Ground FX.

Now what happens in the stands tonight? Boise State has emphatically erased its three-game losing streak with the 104-92 win at New Mexico State Monday night. We’ll see if the Broncos can regain fan momentum.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:02am | link


March 04, 2009

"Gear up, but don’t geek out about it…presented by Brundage Mountain."

Gear up, but don’t geek out about it…presented by Brundage Mountain.

There’s a lot of hand-wringing going on around the WAC about where teams finish in advance of the WAC Tournament. But as long as you’re not relegated to the play-in game, seeding doesn’t really matter.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


March 03, 2009

"Unlikely sources of rejuvenation…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Unlikely sources of rejuvenation…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Wasn’t it just 24 hours ago that we were wondering about quotes like “out of sync” and “not focused on the task at hand?” Well, Boise State was very in-sync and on task last night at New Mexico State.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


March 02, 2009

"Time to be peaking, not sinking…presented by Brundage Mountain."

Time to be peaking, not sinking…presented by Brundage Mountain.

Sure, Boise State could turn a page with a win tonight at New Mexico State—or wait until next week and make hay in the WAC Tournament. But things are not trending up right now for the Broncos.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


February 27, 2009

"One of those “take nothing for granted” games…presented by Ground FX."

One of those “take nothing for granted” games…presented by Ground FX.

You wouldn’t think that any conference game at this point of the season could be called a “trap game,” but Louisiana Tech is just that for Boise State tomorrow night in Ruston. The Broncos should win—and could lose.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


February 26, 2009

"A review that says I.J.’s NFL role may change…presented by BBSI."

A review that says I.J.’s NFL role may change…presented by BBSI.

The curious evaluation of Ian Johnson’s Combine performance by The Sporting News notwithstanding, I’m inclined to believe one from SI.com, which says Ian helped himself the most among running backs

posted by Tom Scott at 8:09am | link


February 25, 2009

"Pigskin pub to dull the daily pain…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Pigskin pub to dull the daily pain…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

If you want good news in these endlessly fun times, you can always surf for Boise State football. First of all, it’s just good that something's always out there nationally about the Broncos, no matter what tack it takes.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


February 24, 2009

"Broncos hope to avoid being weeded out…presented by Ground FX."

Broncos hope to avoid being weeded out…presented by Ground FX.

The BracketBuster event could have been costly for a couple of WAC teams. One is Boise State, whose RPI took a hit with the loss at Portland State. But, as has been the case all season, not that big a hit.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:09am | link


February 23, 2009

"No better goal-setter than Ian Johnson…presented by BBSI."

No better goal-setter than Ian Johnson…presented by BBSI.

The NFL Combine experience is over for Ian Johnson, and it was clearly a good one. Last week, The Sporting News had Johnson on its list of 10 guys with "something to prove" at the Combine, and he delivered.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


February 20, 2009

"Not even perspective makes any sense…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Not even perspective makes any sense…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

A caller on Idaho SportsTalk yesterday feigned ignorance about the local sports scene to make a point. He said that must have been some kinda game those other callers were complaining about. Surely Boise State must have been creamed.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:03am | link


February 19, 2009

"Vandals in a zone—at both ends…presented by Ground FX."

Vandals in a zone—at both ends…presented by Ground FX.

Boise State, the team that likes to run, sprinted out to a 15-2 lead last night in and led by eight at the half. But then the Bronco offense was stopped in its tracks in front of a huge but ultimately stunned throng at Taco Bell Arena.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:43am | link


February 18, 2009

"Doesn’t matter where they’ve been, as long as they show…presented by BBSI."

Doesn’t matter where they’ve been, as long as they show…presented by BBSI.

The watch is on at the turnstiles tonight. Can attendance top the 10,000 mark for the Boise State-Idaho game? Man, have the fans come out of nowhere, or what? It’s like what happened in Moscow last month.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


February 17, 2009

"Is there an encore in the house?…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Is there an encore in the house?…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

There’s so much Boise State would like to repeat from Saturday night’s win over Utah State. It was like the height of the Bobby Dye days on several levels. Let’s start on the court, where the defense did a number.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


February 13, 2009

"Different scenario, and shooting for a different result…presented by BBSI."

Different scenario, and shooting for a different result…presented by BBSI.

If you want to play “the last time” game, the last time Utah State came to town was last March for Senior Night, which drew 10,352 to send off Reggie Larry, Matt Nelson, Tyler Tiedeman and Matt Bauscher.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:26am | link


February 12, 2009

"A multi-colored house the next two games…presented by Jordan’s Hallmark."

A multi-colored house the next two games…presented by Jordan’s Hallmark.

Boise State basketball attendance is at a crossroads. The Broncos are averaging an anemic 3,032 fans at the gate—now they get the WAC’s No. 1 team and their number one rival at home, back-to-back.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:22am | link


February 11, 2009

"Evolution deep inside the Fedrizzi Annex…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Evolution deep inside the Fedrizzi Annex…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

As the Boise State football team toils in its third week of winter conditioning, there’s a key element of the 2009 season being developed. The new order of Bronco leadership is being sifted out during these offseason drills.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:33am | link


February 10, 2009

"The Broncos didn’t expect the unexpected…presented by Jordan’s Hallmark."

The Broncos didn’t expect the unexpected…presented by Jordan’s Hallmark.

Fresno State basketball has been like this for a long time. The Bulldogs are good when they want to be. They decided to be good last night and handed Boise State an 88-82 loss at the Save Mart Center.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


February 09, 2009

"Point spread part of a storyline in San Jose?…presented by BBSI."

Point spread part of a storyline in San Jose?…presented by BBSI.

Boise State’s game at San Jose State was never going to be a leisurely walk through the Silicon Valley. Despite a 20-point win over the Spartans last month and a 13-game winning streak against them, BSU was the underdog.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


February 06, 2009

"To the beat of a different drummer…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

To the beat of a different drummer…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

As crazy as it sounds, Boise State doesn’t spend a lot of time chasing blue-chip recruits. If it happens to work out on the Broncos’ own internal version of Match.com, great. But BSU fishes a little unconventionally.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:02am | link


February 05, 2009

"How the recruiting hoopla has changed…presented by Pastry Perfection."

How the recruiting hoopla has changed…presented by Pastry Perfection.

Remember the National Letter of Intent Days of long ago? When there was a rush at the end to get this guy or that guy? And word would come that one prize recruit slithered off somewhere else? Boise State is the antithesis in 2009.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


February 04, 2009

"The future comes earlier every year…presented by BBSI."

The future comes earlier every year…presented by BBSI.

National Letter of Intent Day is today, and you can examine the Boise State recruiting class yourself and try to pick out the ones who’ll contribute as true freshmen. More are playing right out of the gate—and not because they have to.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


February 03, 2009

"Reformulating the Bronco recipe…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Reformulating the Bronco recipe…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Thou shalt never become stale. Boise State’s football coaching staff shalt not, despite the fact that it’s experienced only one change in the main group since Chris Petersen took the program over three years ago.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


February 02, 2009

"With the conference fate apparently sealed…presented by Pastry Perfection."

With the conference fate apparently sealed…presented by Pastry Perfection.

Now that Boise State football’s immediate future is settled in the WAC, it’s time for the rest of the conference to pull itself up by the bootstraps. The bottom of the league has been like a cement block on a chain.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


January 30, 2009

"Everything the Vandals have longed for…presented by Ground FX."

Everything the Vandals have longed for…presented by Ground FX.

There haven’t been many nights like this in Moscow in the new century. Idaho hosted the school it loves to beat—but hadn’t beaten in eight years—and played a very focused game, defeating Boise State, 63-59.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:15am | link


January 29, 2009

"Can the Broncos capture another close one?…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Can the Broncos capture another close one?…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

All signs point to a close game tonight when Boise State faces Idaho in Cowan Spectrum. The Broncos’ 14-game winning streak over the Vandals isn’t important. That BSU is 7-1 in games decided by five points or less is.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


January 28, 2009

"Climbing out of the caboose…presented by Pastry Perfection."

Climbing out of the caboose…presented by Pastry Perfection.

Some wondered if there would ever be a light at the end of the tunnel for Idaho in the WAC’s feature sports, football and men’s basketball. After years of rudderless ships, there’s now a beacon in Vandal hoops.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:31am | link


January 27, 2009

"Get accustomed to the status quo…presented by Ground FX."

Get accustomed to the status quo…presented by Ground FX.

So what do you think the hot topic of the day is? It would be Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson’s comments in USA Today that his league is fine the way it is.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:25am | link


January 26, 2009

"Living dangerously, but winning…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Living dangerously, but winning…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

While how it got there does matter, what counts in the end is the win-loss column, and Boise State is 14-5 after surviving Louisiana Tech Saturday, 58-53. The Bulldogs dictated the tempo, and it wasn’t what the Broncos like.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:24am | link


January 23, 2009

"Up ‘n down the floor as planned…presented by Pastry Perfection."

Up ‘n down the floor as planned…presented by Pastry Perfection.

On paper it looked like a game that would see each team run the other ragged. Check. Boise State stayed one stride ahead of New Mexico State most of the evening and beat the Aggies 87-84 last night.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


January 22, 2009

"So they finally meet again…presented by Brundage Mountain Resort."

So they finally meet again…presented by Brundage Mountain Resort.

It’s been over 10 months since Boise State won the WAC with its classic 107-102 triple-overtime win over New Mexico State in the 2008 tournament final. The teams look relatively even going into tonight’s rematch.

posted by Tom Scott at 6:56am | link


January 21, 2009

"Home stretch for the class of ‘09…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Home stretch for the class of ‘09…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

National Letter of Intent Day is just two weeks from today, with some WAC schools just about done and others with a lot of work still to do. Boise State—and especially Hawaii—would appear to be in that first category.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


January 20, 2009

"At the crossroads of attendance recovery…presented by Pastry Perfection."

At the crossroads of attendance recovery…presented by Pastry Perfection.

I touched on this the other night on Sunday Sports Extra. Actually, I hammered on it. Every time you hear a Boise State football fan say, “We need to get in a better conference,” the subject has to come up.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:20am | link


January 19, 2009

"Not quite road-ready…presented by Brundage Mountain Resort."

Not quite road-ready…presented by Brundage Mountain Resort.

One thing about reconstructing a basketball team that lost four starters is getting it glued together for challenging situations. Boise State isn’t there yet after a pair of 14-point losses at Nevada and Utah State.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


January 16, 2009

"A dreaded case of the lulls…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

A dreaded case of the lulls…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Boise State went through some horrendous droughts last night, punctuated by poor shooting and concentration lapses. Can’t do that on the road at Nevada, and the Wolf Pack made the Broncos pay in a 77-63 victory.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:29am | link


January 15, 2009

"Broncos hoping to evade previous potholes…presented by Pastry Perfection."

Broncos hoping to evade previous potholes…presented by Pastry Perfection.

Boise State is hoping its recent road persona eclipses the one it exhibited earlier when the Broncos go to Nevada tonight. You have those two ugly episodes early in the season, followed by a three-game road win streak.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:21am | link


January 14, 2009

"Well, Don Hutt will remain the receiving king…presented by Ground FX."

Well, Don Hutt will remain the receiving king…presented by Ground FX.

Jeremy Childs was 21 catches short of Boise State’s career receptions record. And that’s the way it will stay now that he’s elected to skip his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


January 13, 2009

"Not everybody sees the upside, but it’s there…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Not everybody sees the upside, but it’s there…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

There seems to be three teams catching an earful—or a pen-ful—from some national media upon the conclusion of bowl season. They’re vilifying Oklahoma, and Ohio State...and Boise State for their losses in big games.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:16am | link


January 12, 2009

"First place fits just fine right now…presented by Pastry Perfection."

First place fits just fine right now…presented by Pastry Perfection.

By WAC standards, Boise State looks like it has a good men’s basketball team this season, capable of defending its conference title. But it’s looking like an “anybody-can-beat-anybody-on-a-given-night” kind of season.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


January 09, 2009

"Five out of seven ain’t bad…presented by Ground FX."

Five out of seven ain’t bad…presented by Ground FX.

Well, doesn’t this make September 5 more interesting now. In 2008, Boise State had a 12-1 season that included a win at Oregon, and who do we see leapfrogging the Broncos in the final college football polls?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


January 08, 2009

"Top 10 a longshot, but still out there…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

Top 10 a longshot, but still out there…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

Late tonight we’ll find out where Boise State ends up in the polls. Who other than TCU will leapfrog the ninth-ranked Broncos? On the other hand, who could fall further than BSU when the final rankings are released?

posted by Tom Scott at 8:17am | link


January 07, 2009

"Truth or consequences at the turnstiles?…presented by Pastry Perfection."

Truth or consequences at the turnstiles?…presented by Pastry Perfection.

Now that bowl season is winding down, let’s reflect on the crux of the BCS vs. non-BCS issue. It’s not competitiveness, it’s attractiveness. We can look at some of the components of that debate as it pertains to Boise State.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:19am | link


January 06, 2009

"What is up in the WAC?…presented by Clearview Cleaning."

What is up in the WAC?…presented by Clearview Cleaning.

The good news is, parity appears to be returning to WAC basketball. The bad news is, there doesn’t appear to be much cream at the top. Therefore, the WAC is looking like a one-bid league for the second straight year.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:27am | link


January 05, 2009

"The Fiesta just ain’t as much fun this year…presented by Ground FX."

The Fiesta just ain’t as much fun this year…presented by Ground FX.

After hosting BCS-busting Boise State two years ago, the Fiesta Bowl is back in the big-time with Ohio State and Texas tonight. But you can bet bowl officials, on several levels, miss the Broncos.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:23am | link


January 02, 2009

"As distasteful as it might be for some…presented by Pastry Perfection."

As distasteful as it might be for some…presented by Pastry Perfection.

Utah is red, Boise State is blue. But a lot of Bronco fans have been green with envy watching the Utes hang just ahead of BSU all season, ultimately landing their BCS bid in the Sugar Bowl tonight against Alabama.

posted by Tom Scott at 8:07am | link


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