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Boise-Va Tech to Labor Day

Posted on: February 2, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2010 6:02 pm

Boise State's season has been moved from Oct. 2 to Labor Day night.

In a move that was widely expected, Boise's game with Virginia Tech at FedEx Field has been moved from that date to Sept. 6. ESPN had been working on moving the game for a while. It means that we'll find out quickly whether Boise is a national contender. I stress that the Broncos' season is on the line. Beat the Hokies and the Broncos could be headed for another undefeated regular season.

They should start the season ranked in the top five. It will likely take that undefeated season to get the non-BCS Broncos to the national championship game in Glendale, Ariz. where they have twice won Fiesta Bowls.

Now the trick becomes finding FedEx Field for the first time since I covered USC-Virginia Tech a few years ago. The home of the Washington Redskins and is located in unincorporated Prince George's County, Maryland. Got a GPS?


Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2010 2:19 pm

Boise-Va Tech to Labor Day

While this is obviously a huge game for Boise State and their prospects at playing for the BCS title, let's get one thing straight: if there are 2 (or more) undefeated teams from power conferences, guess what? They'll be playing in Glendale for the crystal ball, while Boise plays in Glendale the week before for the Fiesta Bowl. Right or wrong, there's no way Boise and their pitiful WAC schedule (not their fault, just saying) vaults them over an undefeated team from any of the power conferences. So yes, this game means a lot, but Boise also needs to catch some breaks down the road if they do go undefeated. Even then, I wouldn't be surprised if they got jumped by a 1 loss SEC title team. The Mountain West should be paying Boise to come join their conference. Boise, TCU, Utah and BYU at the top half of the conference? That's arguably better than the ACC, Big East, and Big 12 North.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2010 11:44 pm

Boise-Va Tech to Labor Day

How does the reported move from BS to UT of their defensive coordinator affect this game?  If they had any concerns on D before,  will a new coordinator be able to get things on the D side up and running this soon in the season?  What do you think?

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2010 11:27 pm

Boise-Va Tech to Labor Day

This hurts Boise State big time, like the original  poster said.  Now while Ohio State is playing Iowa, Penn State, and Wisconsin and Alabama is playing Florida/LSU/Auburn Boise State is playing the likes of Lousiana Tech and Wyoming.  If Boise State even struggles in ONE game, like winning by single digits, than there will be no doubt that either a 1 loss SEC/B10 team or an undefeated team from one of the other conferences (or a 1 loss USC/Texas/Miami/Oklahoma) will all pass Boise State in the ranking, sending Boise State to the Rose or Fiesta Bowl.  Is it fair? Debatable, but fairness is rarely the result. 
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Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2010 9:45 am

Boise-Va Tech to Labor Day

Actually, Frank Beamer is one of the most respected coaches in the game today.  And all the analysts and other coaches know that he is an elite coach because he takes 3 star talent and turns them into monsters on the field.  That's what great coaches do.  Once Frank wins the big one, then the media will jump on board.  He's old school. 

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2010 9:35 am

Boise-Va Tech to Labor Day

I am looking forward to this game. I see several posts that say the move helps Boise State because they will have the off-season to break down the Hokies film. They would have done that anyway. Clearly, the Broncos have a formula for getting in the mix. They play a national second-tier contender and then beat up the WAC to make the BCS bowl. Then they have plenty of time to break down the film and game plan for the bowl game. Their formula is very successful and has worked well for them. Their coaching staff has done an excellent job recruiting and bringing kids to Boise, Idaho, not the most glamorous location. They also have to overcome their conference affiliation and have done so. I still question how they would hold up if they had to play superirior competition each week as with one of the major conferences.

I think Frank Beamer and his Virginia Tech Hokies will be ready to play. Beamer and his staff of loyal assistants are vastly underrated. I never understand why he is left out of the discussions of elite coaches. He has done more with less for so long he should not be ignored. The fact Beamer is not a self-promoter or in a big market works against him being in that conversation. That being said Beamer and his staff will have an excellent game plan I suspect and attempt to frustrate Boise and all of their 21 returning starters. I look forward to the game. 

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2010 3:57 am

Boise-Va Tech to Labor Day

not good for vatech at all and this really really help boise. boise now gets all these months to break down vatech which will be losing some key players on defense and typically vatech comes out the gates slow in september. if this game is played in oct 2 like it was planned to boise cant quite key in on vatech now and by oct vatech usually figures out their team and goes on a midseason roll. boise nearly returns their whole team which will be ready to step up since this is a make or break game for this team, lose and their season is done since their trying to crack the out of bcs conference championship riddle.

we saw how flat oregon came into the game last year but we saw how they picked up and looked alot better as the year progresses. this game is gonna test vatech and favor a boise team that will have a staff breakdown tech and figure out everything they need to know about the hokies. some might say im rambling and making excuses for vatech in case they lose(which they wont), but its true what im saying. there is no preseason in college football so sept is a feeling out process for most teams and boise returns everybody so they dont have to worry about chemistry or the feeling out proces. this game now tips in favor of boise who will be ready, vatech will have to shack of their usual "slow-september" because boise will be coming. my prediction is closer than expected as vatech running game will be the key if evans/williams run crazy game over vatech doesnt lose games in which the ground game is on fire. but with boise having this much time to focus on them the outcome will be closer and they could pull the upset.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2010 8:42 pm

Boise-Va Tech to Labor Day

I saw Va tech play Tennessee in person and they impressed me. They put a good team out there every year. I would like to see Tech beat Boise State so we can be spared all the debate of Boise playing for a title with one good win.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2010 8:36 pm

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This date change helps Boise tremendously.  Tech will be replacing several players on defense and I was really looking forward to breaking them in the first few weeks before the Boise game.  Boise is loaded on both sides of the ball.  VT will field their best offense in years, and maybe ever.  VT's special teams may be the best they have ever had as well in the blocking, punt return and kick return areas.  We will be breaking in a new FG kicker.  The one question mark I have is our defense and will we have the pieces in place to beat Boise in week one.  Very excited about the game and can't wait to be there.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2010 7:39 pm

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I still think they will have a hard time getting to the national championship. Both of Boise's marquee games are in September. 
While BCS teams are getting into the meat of their conference schedules playing meaningful games, the Broncos are going to be roughing up WAC cupcakes.
However, if they run the table next year, the BCS will have a hard time keeping them out of the title game.

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