As pointed out yesterday by esteemed CBS College Football Blog colleague Adam Jacobi, Boise State is already behind the proverbial eight-ball when it comes to the BCS standings. In front of them are a pair of teams in Oregon and Oklahoma they cannot pass without them suffering upset losses, and behind them are several teams -- Auburn, LSU, TCU, Michigan St. -- who either will or at least could leapfrog the Broncos if they continue to win. Boise will need all the help they can get from their schedule, both in the human polls and the BCS computers.
Nevada did nothing to provide that help late Saturday night, losing to Hawaii 27-21 on the islands, dropping out of the top 25, and depriving Boise of what could have been an undefeated, must-watch, winner-take-all showdown in Reno later this season. That game could have even been billed as a head-to-head matchup of Heisman candidates in the Broncos' Kellen Moore And Wolf Pack pistol master Colin Kaepernick . According to Kaepernick, there was only one person responsible for Nevada's flop in Honolulu, and that person is ... Colin Kaepernick :
"In my eyes, I single-handedly lost this football game tonight," Kaepernick said Saturday ...Believe it or not, that description's being generous; Kapernick's loose-limbed fumble on his own 22 also set up Hawaii's first touchdown of the game, and his final 14-of-26 line through the air doesn't convey how badly off-target many of his passes were. (The regression from Kaepernick's poised, confident performance against Cal in Week 3 was staggering.) College football players frequently say that they deserve singular responsibility for losing a game, but this is the rare case where that player's not exaggerating. Kaepernick -- usually one of college football's most unique and productive players -- did more-or-less personally sabotage the Wolf Pack's chances of getting out of Hawaii with their pefect record intact.
The Wolf Pack star turned the ball over four times in the 27-21 loss to Hawaii -- one a fumble a fraction of a yard before reaching the end zone in the third quarter that cost the team a touchdown and another an interception with 90 seconds left in the game to seal the team's fate. Kaepernick also was bottled up for a season-low 30 rushing yards on 11 carries, his lowest rushing output since the Pack's last game in Honolulu (a 45-10 loss to SMU in the last year's Hawaii Bowl).
And in the strange new age of the BCS, he did more than that. With no ranked opponents left on the Bronco schedule and no way to move the needle of hype aside from increasingly gaudy margins-of-victory, Kaepernick also may have helped personally sabotage Boise's chances of reaching Glendale with a national championship berth on the line.
HT: Andrea Adelson .