Posted by Tom Fornelli
While it's not exactly the type of rivalry that is constantly mentioned amongst the great rivalries of college football, in the state of Idaho, people take the annual meeting between Boise State and Idaho rather seriously. Though, to be fair, it's not as much of a rivalry these days as it is Boise State pounding Idaho into submission every year while maintaining its role as BCS-busting darling of the masses. More than anything, it seems that Idaho has a bit of the little brother syndrome.
When Boise State gets its own airplane, Idaho wants its own airplane. Things like that. Still, Idaho doesn't take too kindly to Boise State talking down to it, like Boise president Bob Kustra said earlier this year that Idaho's fan base was "nasty, inebriated." Idaho running back Deonte Jackson remembers those words, though he also likes to consider the source.
“Personally, I tried not to read too much into it,” Jackson told the Idaho Statesman. “But I wouldn’t expect anything different coming from the blue and orange snot. I just took it and use it as fuel in the fire and feed my hunger to want to get after these guys to finish my career off with a win against them and bring pride back to this community, the University of Idaho and Moscow.”
Wait, they dye their boogers at Boise State too? Come on, let's show some dignity and self-restraint here, Broncos.
Jackson didn't just rip on Boise's president, though, after he got his shot in he went on to lavish the actual football team with praise. After all, knocking off the Broncos will be hard enough, giving Boise's players any extra motivation probably wouldn't serve Jackson or the Vandals all that well.
Though, if you're waiting for Boise players to respond to Jackson's comments about their president, don't hold your breath. Chris Petersen has his players off-limits to the media this week hence they say something inflammatory about Idaho.