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Picking the WAC

Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:42 pm

The biggest offseason news for the WAC has not Boise State's 12-1 season, it was Boise State's athletic director.
Gene Bleymaier is the Broncos' athletic director. He is also a lawyer who made the most sense last month at the BCS hearings in Washington.

"How many more years do we need to go undefeated," Bleymaier told a congressional committee, "before we get a chance?"

Good point.

Boise has finished the regular season undefeated three times since 2004. This season could be No. 4. if the Broncos can get past a tough season opener against Oregon. (It didn't bother them last year when the Broncos won 37-32 at Oregon).

Boise should roll to another WAC title but how high can it get in the BCS standings? While the Mountain West has its gripes, the WAC has had teams in back-to-back BCS bowls in 2006-07.

The problem, if you can call it that, is that Oregon will likely be the only ranked team that Boise State faces this season. A similar predicament didn't bother the Broncos against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl so what are we supposed to conclude?

Bleymaier is right. The Broncos belong not only in a BCS bowl but deserve a chance at the national championship.

If it wins all its games.

Picking the WAC ...

1. Boise State -- Start with accurate lefthander Kellen Moore at quarterback. Throw in starting experience at every position. Add a rising superstar coach who has two undefeated years in his first three seasons.  Watch for Chris Petersen and the Broncos to make another top 10 run. They are quick and athletic. Think a mountain version of Miami in the 1980s. Watch Titus Young who might be the league's fastest receiver.

2. Nevada -- Colin Kaepernick is the WAC's best quarterback. The Pistol offense is quirky and might be the WAC's best unit. It was held under 31 only twice, none came after September. In his third go-round with the Pack, Chris Ault is one of the more underrated coaches in the country. Ault needs just a hint of defense to milk the season down to late November when his team visits Boise State with the conference title possibly on the line. 

3. Louisiana Tech -- If it wasn't for Boise State, Louisiana Tech would be the WAC's Next Big Thing. The Bulldogs went 6-2 down the stretch appearing in only the program's third bowl in 20 years. Coach Derek Dooley has a returning quarterback (Ross Jenkins) as well as 16 other starters. Just think what a healthy receiver/returner Phillip Livas can do this season. Playing with a torn meniscus, the 5-foot-8 Livas piled up more than 2,000 all-purpose yards.

4. Fresno State -- The baseball team shamed the football team last year going from Bulldogs to Underdogs to Wonderdogs in winning the school's first national championship in a men's sport. Fresno would settle for a conference title from football. Coach Pat Hill has no WAC titles this decade and no outright titles ever (1998 and 1999 were ties). Fresno State's version of American Chopper's Paul Teutul  might have lost something off his fastball but the Bulldogs are still going to be a factor. Something will have to change, though, even with 15 returning starters. The Dogs were minus-11 in turnovers last season and have been outgained in the last three seasons.

5. San Jose State -- Coach Dick Tomey has done wonders in his retirement job, milking 23 victories out of this program in his four seasons. The Spartans faltered down the stretch last season losing their final three and missing out on a bowl. Tomey's team will contend for the WAC this season if Cal transfer quarterback Kyle Reed can improve, 6-4 receiver Marquis Avery can take pressure off of teammate Kevin Jurovich and the front seven on defense can dominate.

6. Hawaii -- June Jones knew what he was doing by getting out while the getting was good. While replacement Greg McMackin went 7-7 and got the Warriors to a bowl in his first season, the program will continue to slide. Hawaii will entertain offensively, it always does. But only two starters return on defense where 11 of the top 13 tacklers have departed.

7. Utah State -- New coach Gary Andersen (Utah's former defensive coordinator) has a monumental task ahead. As the No. 3 program in a sparsely populated state Utah State is constantly reminded how it can't get it done. It has been 12 seasons since the Aggies had a winning season. Former coach Brent Guy won nine games in four seasons.

8. Idaho -- Robb Akey is 3-21 in his two seasons but there are signs of hope considering the Vandals haven't had a winning season this decade. The top three rushers return not including Washington State transfer (nine miles away) DeMaundray Wooldridge. Quarterback Nathan Enderle somehow threw more touchdowns (20) than interceptions (17) during a 2-10 season.

9. New Mexico State --The Aggies went from wild-eyed offensive philosophy (Hal Mumme) to one of the best defensive coaches in the game (UCLA d-coordinator DeWayne Walker). Unfortunately the new coach picked one of the worst programs in I-A to launch his full-time head-coaching career. The defense will play hard and get better. The offense lost the leader of the nation's No. 10 pass offense (quarterback Chase Holbrook). Too bad new o-coordinator Timm Rosenbach doesn't have any eligibility left. The former Washington State quarterback was the Cougars' quarterback coach from 2003-07.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2009 3:54 pm

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Last year Hawaii had one of the toughest schedules in the nation yet made a bowl with a rookie QB, so expect a lot more from them this season.......are you serious? How do you figure playing in the WAC is one of the toughest schedules?

Since: Jul 4, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2009 6:39 pm

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WOW! I love how everyone tries to bash on BSU. That means there doing something good, notice its always the good teams that always get bashed onLaughing 

Since: Jul 4, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2009 6:34 pm

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Wow your an idiot. Florida faced 12BCS teams because there in a BCS Conference... DAHHH. Besides most the BCS teams they played where garbage.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2009 2:27 am

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They don't deserve a shot at a National Title. Who do they play besides Oregon? They face 1 BCS opponent the entire season. UTAH had their legit gripe last year and made great strides for all mid-majors landing 16 1st place votes in the final AP poll. They also finished #2 which is a step in the right direction for mid-majors that actually go out and schedule someone.

I see you still never  miss a chance to dog Boise.  Your elitism is showing loud and clear.  Since all D1a teams are now members of the bcs, then all Boise opponents are bcs opponents out side an usual D1aa yearly home money game.  In your eyes no opponent is worthy unless they belong to an a/q conference that has voted themseles all the advantages.  Had you
r rival game opponent, Florida St. not won their bowl game and slipped into the top 25 by the teams in front of them losing, then your mighty Florida would have played only two year end ranked teams all regular season.  Thats one more than Boise played during their same regular season.  Yet they played for the mnc.  Your team was in the bottom half of year end ranked teams as far as playing the most and highest ranked year end top 25.    And just who does your team go out and schedule?  Thats right, absolutely noone of any kind o consequence.  Yet, you still dog another teams schedule.  Pathetic.   

Boise State complains "noone wants to play us". The difference is that alot of programs have already priven themselves over the course of their existance and went and played anybody anywhere........even if it wasn't a home and home series. The Boise contradicts itself by not returning home games against D1AA opponents. MR. KETTLE......MEET MR. POT.
Percy your own conference boasts one of the highest number of D1aa opponents of all the conferences.  Yet, you have the audacity to scorn another progam for scheduling one.  Outside of Georgia and Tenn., your whole conference schedules all cupcakes for their ooc.  Nothing like starting a season with 4-0,is there.  Geez...  Hypocrisy at its finest. 

Boise's Ad has announced publicly that he is searching for  one and done games with top competition since most advantaged teams won't  consider home and home with Boise.  Too much risk with little reward.  Too much risk is more like it.  

Why does Boise play one of the softest schedules in the country? Even amongst mid-majors? They want to take the east road, rack up as many wins as possible and then brag about their winning % this decade as one of the Nations best.
Percy--Why, indeed.  I know of no other top progam that is unable to schedule enough home and homes to fill their docket.  So they are forced to look for one and dones which are always with the disadvantage of playing on the road.  This is something your program wouln't be caught dead doing, But you want others to do it.  You have been playing with lopsided advantages rules for so long that you don't even see your hypocrisy anymore, and for some reason you think your team deserves an unfair advantage. 

Boise since "their remarkable run" this decade is 5-11 vs BCS teams and that includes beating Oklahoma and Oregon the last 3 years.

Percy--There you go with the no teams is a worthy opponent "unless they belong to an a/q conference" drival.  You know as well as anyone that Boise has only made the leap into D1a a little over a decade ago.  Boise plays in the wac with teams with the same budgets, recruiting, coaches, facilities, etc.  They play with their peers.  And again, all of them belong to the bcs and are bcs teams.  

Yes, Boise has a remarkable record against their peers, while still fielding a team ale to compete with top a/q programs with only a fraction of their budget.  Is that bad?  You try to make it sound like it is.  How is your teams record against your peers?  Anywhere close?  Oh, thats right< they dserve an advantage and don't have to live by the same rules as other teams.  More crapola!

Boise State is also 1-4 in their last 4 bowl games. No wonder we keep hearing about the victory over Oklahoma in 2006. ITS THEIR ONLY BOWL WIN IN ALMOST A DECADE.Undecided
Percy-- No one likes to be called a liar.  However you know that Boise has been to 9 bowls in the last decade and has a record of 5-4.  You know this because we have had this conversation before when I asked what your teams bowl record was.  4-6?  Remember? Or still pesisting?  Oh, thats right, Your same lame arguments don't apply to your school.  Don't have to live by the same rules.

Thats not a sign that Boise belongs to even be mentioned amongst the best in the country.Percy--Unknowingly, you are the one that puts Boise mentioned amongst the best when you bring up their last bowl games, as that 1-4 that you dis Boise for puts them with OKLAHOMA and OHIO ST.(both more storied programs than yours)  Are you dissing them, too,  with your argument?  Or they don't have to play by the same rules either. 

You better just get used to the idea that Boise is an up and coming program.  They are consistantly ranked, even among the teams with all the advantages.

By the way, with your "never missing a chance to dog on Boise",  I would like to ask you again.  How much of that sure thing money did you really lose on the 06 Fiesta bowl?  And, Did you learn your lesson before the 09 Sugar? 

Quit dogging.  Its turning into stalking.

All said though, I do think Florida wins the championship again this year.(prob'ly the only thing Percy and I agree on).

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2009 7:08 pm

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Colorado State will move back towards the top in about a year. 

BYU would have beat BSU 3 of the last 4 years... i think the broncos win that one last year.

Looking forward to a 4 game series in a few years with you bronco fans...

The worst team we had in 35 years lost at BSU a few years ago on a missed FG by an all american... otherwise you would have another loss.

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2009 6:02 am

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Nevada will own the league crown this year, and in their opening game the Wolf Pack will eat Charley Weis for breakfast (and lunch).

Since: Aug 25, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2009 12:32 am

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"By the way, we have never lost to Utah and are 12-1 against the MWC"

And considering that Boise State has only played 11 games against MWC opponents, I am not sure where you get the 12-1 number. Boise State is 10-1 against MWC teams, which is a very good record, no doubt. But 8 of those wins were against teams that were at or near the bottom of the MWC when they played them.

Boise's best wins against the MWC were both against Utah.

An 8-5 Utah team in 2006, playing with it's backup QB. (That same year Boise State squeaked by a horrible Wyoming team)

And a 1999 win over a 9-3 Utah team. Solid win.

Boise State is a solid program, definitely one of the best non-BCS schools. But there is a reason why they do so bad against teams with winning record ooc and in bowl games.

I think Boise State would be one of the best programs in the MWC, but I don't think they would have nearly as good of records as they do,nor have the level of domination they do in the WAC. I think Boise State, Utah, TCU and BYU would all take turns winning titles, with an occassional sleeper title from CSU, UNLV etc...

Since: Aug 25, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2009 12:16 am

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"By the way, we have never lost to Utah and are 12-1 against the MWC."

Technically, that is not true. Utah beat Boise State in both 1985 and 1987. Of course Boise State was not 1A teams at the time, and Boise State owns a 4-2 record against the Utes all time. But to say that Boise State has never lost to Utah is a flat out lie.

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2009 1:36 pm

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To give Boise State some credit here since people think you can build a powerhouse program in just a few years.  Boise State has only been in Division 1 football since 1999.  They have a lifetime record of 5-4 in bowl games.  They have a winning percentage of 85%.  i'm not saying that Boise State is one of the best teams in the nation but I am saying that they are the biggest up and coming program in the nation.  Does Boise State need to start scheduling better teams yes we do.  We need to get rid of the IAA team and add a second BCS team.  So for all of you haters out there realize that your programs have been around for decades and this young program is just ten years old in division 1 football.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2009 7:09 pm

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Finally, a guy in sportscasting that actually makes sense.  It is a nice departure from Satan. (Mark May)

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