December 31, 2009
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…
December 30, 2009
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.
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December 29, 2009
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.”
December 28, 2009
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.
December 24, 2009
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.
December 23, 2009
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.
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December 22, 2009
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.
December 21, 2009
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?
December 18, 2009
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.”
December 17, 2009
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
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.
December 15, 2009
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.
December 14, 2009
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.
December 11, 2009
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.
December 10, 2009
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
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.
posted by Tom Scott at 9:20am | link
December 08, 2009
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.
December 07, 2009
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
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.
December 03, 2009
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
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.
December 01, 2009
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.
November 30, 2009
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.
November 27, 2009
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.
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November 25, 2009
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.
November 24, 2009
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.
November 23, 2009
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.
November 20, 2009
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.
November 19, 2009
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.
November 18, 2009
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
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.
November 16, 2009
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.
November 13, 2009
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.
November 12, 2009
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).
November 11, 2009
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.
November 10, 2009
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.”
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November 09, 2009
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.
November 06, 2009
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.
November 05, 2009
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.
November 04, 2009
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.
November 03, 2009
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.
November 02, 2009
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.
October 30, 2009
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.
October 29, 2009
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.
October 28, 2009
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
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.
October 22, 2009
(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.
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October 21, 2009
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?
October 20, 2009
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.
October 19, 2009
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.
October 16, 2009
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.
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October 15, 2009
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?
October 14, 2009
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.
October 13, 2009
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.
October 12, 2009
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.
October 09, 2009
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.
October 08, 2009
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.
October 07, 2009
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.
October 06, 2009
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.
October 05, 2009
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.
October 02, 2009
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.
October 01, 2009
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.
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September 30, 2009
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.
September 29, 2009
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.
September 28, 2009
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.
September 25, 2009
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.
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September 24, 2009
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?
September 23, 2009
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.
September 22, 2009
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.
September 21, 2009
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?”
September 18, 2009
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.
September 17, 2009
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.
September 16, 2009
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.
September 15, 2009
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?"
September 14, 2009
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.”
September 11, 2009
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.
September 10, 2009
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.
September 09, 2009
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.
September 08, 2009
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.
September 04, 2009
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.
September 03, 2009
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.
September 02, 2009
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.
September 01, 2009
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.
August 31, 2009
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.
August 28, 2009
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
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.
August 26, 2009
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.
August 25, 2009
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.
August 24, 2009
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.
August 21, 2009
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).
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).
August 20, 2009
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.
August 19, 2009
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.
August 18, 2009
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.”
August 17, 2009
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.
August 14, 2009
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?
August 13, 2009
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.
August 12, 2009
August 11, 2009
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.
August 10, 2009
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.
August 07, 2009
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.
August 06, 2009
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.
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August 05, 2009
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.
August 04, 2009
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.
August 03, 2009
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.
July 31, 2009
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?”
July 29, 2009
(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
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.
July 27, 2009
July 21, 2009
(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.
July 20, 2009
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.
July 17, 2009
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.
July 16, 2009
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.
July 15, 2009
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?
July 14, 2009
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.
July 13, 2009
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.
July 10, 2009
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.
July 09, 2009
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’.
July 08, 2009
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.
July 07, 2009
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.
July 06, 2009
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.
July 02, 2009
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.
July 01, 2009
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.
June 30, 2009
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.
June 29, 2009
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.
June 26, 2009
“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.
June 25, 2009
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.
June 24, 2009
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.
June 23, 2009
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.
June 22, 2009
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.
June 19, 2009
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.
June 18, 2009
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.
June 17, 2009
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.
June 16, 2009
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.
June 15, 2009
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.
June 12, 2009
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.
June 11, 2009
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.
June 10, 2009
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.
June 09, 2009
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?
June 08, 2009
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?
June 05, 2009
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.
June 04, 2009
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.
June 03, 2009
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.
June 02, 2009
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.
June 01, 2009
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.
May 29, 2009
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.
May 28, 2009
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.
May 27, 2009
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.
May 26, 2009
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.
May 22, 2009
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."
May 21, 2009
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.
May 20, 2009
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.
May 19, 2009
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.
May 18, 2009
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.
May 15, 2009
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.
May 14, 2009
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.
May 13, 2009
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.
May 12, 2009
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.
May 11, 2009
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.
May 08, 2009
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.”
May 07, 2009
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.
May 06, 2009
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.
May 05, 2009
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.
May 04, 2009
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.
May 01, 2009
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.
April 30, 2009
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.
April 29, 2009
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.
April 28, 2009
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.
April 27, 2009
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.
April 24, 2009
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.
April 23, 2009
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.
April 22, 2009
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.
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April 21, 2009
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.
April 20, 2009
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?
April 17, 2009
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.
April 16, 2009
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.
April 15, 2009
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.
April 14, 2009
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.
April 13, 2009
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.
April 10, 2009
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.
April 09, 2009
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.
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April 08, 2009
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.
April 07, 2009
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.
April 06, 2009
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.
April 03, 2009
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?
April 02, 2009
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?
April 01, 2009
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.
March 31, 2009
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.
March 30, 2009
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.
March 27, 2009
“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.
March 26, 2009
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.
March 25, 2009
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.
March 24, 2009
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.
March 23, 2009
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.
March 20, 2009
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.
March 19, 2009
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.
March 18, 2009
March 17, 2009
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.
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March 16, 2009
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.
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March 13, 2009
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.
March 12, 2009
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?
March 11, 2009
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.
March 10, 2009
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.
March 09, 2009
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.
March 06, 2009
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.
March 05, 2009
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.
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March 04, 2009
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.
March 03, 2009
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.
March 02, 2009
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.
February 27, 2009
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.
February 26, 2009
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
February 25, 2009
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.
February 24, 2009
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.
February 23, 2009
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.
February 20, 2009
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.
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February 19, 2009
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.
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February 18, 2009
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.
February 17, 2009
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.
February 13, 2009
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.
February 12, 2009
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.
February 11, 2009
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.
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February 10, 2009
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.
February 09, 2009
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.
February 06, 2009
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.
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February 05, 2009
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.
February 04, 2009
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.
February 03, 2009
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.
February 02, 2009
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.
January 30, 2009
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.
January 29, 2009
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.
January 28, 2009
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.
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January 27, 2009
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.
January 26, 2009
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.
January 23, 2009
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.
January 22, 2009
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.
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January 21, 2009
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.
January 20, 2009
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.
January 19, 2009
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.
January 16, 2009
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.
January 15, 2009
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.
January 14, 2009
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.
January 13, 2009
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.
January 12, 2009
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.
January 09, 2009
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?
January 08, 2009
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?
January 07, 2009
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.
January 06, 2009
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.
January 05, 2009
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.
January 02, 2009
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.
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