Tag:Boise State
Posted on: September 24, 2010 5:22 pm

Insane Predictions: Week 4

Posted by the College Football Blog staff

Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that Mike Pouncey would screw up a baker's dozen worth of snaps in one game? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.

Highly Unlikely

The Michigan State Spartans lose Kirk Cousins to an injury during the first quarter of their game against Northern Colorado.  His replacement, freshman Andrew Maxwell is dealt the same fate early in the second quarter and the Spartans go into the half trailing 21-10.  After quarterback-turned-WR-turned-back-i
-scenario Keith Nichol succumbs to a horrible stomach virus in the locker room, interim head coach Don Treadwill calls on punter Aaron Bates to lead the team in the second half.  Bates comes out and throws for 300 yards three touchdowns and kicks another three field goals as the Spartans roll to a 40-21 victory. -- Tom Fornelli

Temple upsets Penn State in Happy Valley. There's really no excuse for this happening; even with Temple starting out 3-0 and PSU looking average with true freshman Robert Bolden at QB, Penn State is still highly favored in this contest. But the Temple front seven (led by returning MAC Defensive Player of the Year DE Adrian Robinson) gives the Nittany Lions' enough fits that Temple goes into halftime leading by 10, Bolden gets benched, Kevin Newsome performs worse in relief, and the Owls shock Happy Valley, 27-20. -- Adam Jacobi

Marcus Lattimore is held to less than 70 yards rushing by the Auburn defense. Lattimore only ran for 57 yards against Southern Miss, but when the Gamecocks have really needed yards this season, they turn to number 21.  He will likely get at least 18 carries, and the Tigers did give up 140 yards to Clemson's Andre Ellington, but look for the defensive line to step up and shut down Lattimore at home in primetime. -- Chip Patterson

Severely Unlikely

Mike Leach makes it through the entire broadcast of the Houston - Tulane game without some reference to "symptoms of concussion" followed by awkward silence that lasts as long as an equipment shed is wide. -- Chip Patterson

With his team trailing 24-21 late in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, Nick Saban calls a timeout as his team is marching down the field looking for the go-ahead touchdown.  "I've had an epiphany, gentleman.  I'm not here to win football games, I'm here to make you all better men and better human beings.  Sometimes being the bigger man means letting the other man have his moment in the spotlight."  Saban then forces Greg McElroy to kneel four straight times to end the game. -- Tom Fornelli

Boise State sets the post-WW2 single-game record for most team yardage (pre-WW2 may be a touch out of reach) in their victory over Oregon State, 94-0. Kellen Moore and the rest of the Broncos' starters play every snap, even after Oregon State puts in their second stringers in the 4th quarter. Following the game, Chris Peterson then throws his headset at the press box and yells, "Are you not entertained?!" Boise does not budge in the polls. --Adam Jacobi

Completely Insane

During the third quarter of a listless win at Washington State, USC head coach Lane Kiffin will disappear from the sideline for several minutes, and television cameras will catch him talking on his cell phone. He will claim to have been speaking with old college friends since the game was "boring," but anonymous sources with knowledge of Kiffin's cell phone records will later tell reporters that Kiffin was trying to negotiate a deal to rejoin Pete Carroll in Seattle as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks. The deal falls through when Kiffin asks for $17.5 million a year. -- Adam Jacobi

Oregon State takes Boise State to overtime on the legendary Smurf Turf.  In overtime, Chris Peterson calls a trick play that finishes with Kellen Moore crossing into the end zone to win the game.  Upon crossing the goal line, Moore rushes over to the cheerleaders and drops to one knee... where he proposes to Buster Bronco.  The horse says "neigh." -- Chip Patterson

With the USC Trojans up 14-0 on Washington State in the first quarter, Matt Barkley finds Ronald Johnson for a 67-yard touchdown to make the score 20-0.  Lane Kiffin then decides to just kick the extra point. -- Tom Fornelli

Posted on: September 20, 2010 4:04 pm

Beavers paint practice field blue for Boise State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

One of the things i've always admired about Mike Riley and the Oregon State Beavers is their willingness to play anybody, anywhere.  While a lot of AQ schools are content feasting on cupcakes before entering conference play, the Beavers will take on any challenge, and are even willing to travel to do so.

Last season they traveled to Penn State, and this year they took on TCU at JerryWorld to start their season and are now getting ready to head to Boise State this Saturday.  It's a pretty big game for the Beavers, and one they're going to have do some serious gameplanning for.

So to help his team prepare, Riley isn't leaving any stone unturned trying to find an advantage for his squad.  He isn't leaving any blade of grass unpainted either.

Riley is having Oregon State's practice field painted blue this weekend.  The paint comes courtesy of an anonymous donor, so at least the school isn't paying for it, but i don't quite see what the advantage will be of practicing on a blue field.  It's likely the only thing this will accomplish is leaving the players' practice jerseys streaked in blue.

Though if the Beavers go up to Boise and pull the upset this weekend you can bet that future schools will follow suit before making the same trip.

(Photo courtesy of LindseyRae19's Twitter page)
Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:20 am

Boise State-Virginia Tech break ratings records

Posted by Chip Patterson

What were you doing on Monday night?  

We were glued to our televisions watching Boise State blow a lead, then orchestrate a fantastic fourth quarter comeback against Virginia Tech to win 33-30 at FedExField, and we had almost 10 million friends watching along with us.

The game set viewership records for ESPN.  The telecast averaged 7,252,000 households, making it ESPN's most-watched college football game, including bowl games, among households in the channel's 31-year-old history.  As far as the eyeball-count, the 9,888,000 viewers makes the game the second most-watched game among total viewers in ESPN history, trailing the 2009 game between USC and Ohio State.  

In addition, the 7.3 rating was the highest college football game since the Miami-Florida State game, played October 8, 1994, drew a 7.7 rating. The Boise State-Virginia Tech game was the most-watched program on any channel -- cable or broadcast -- all day Monday, among households, total viewers and in key demographics.

Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:10 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's pretty well-known that Boise State has historically struggled to fill its schedule with enough legitimate teams to beef the season's strength of schedule to the point of respectability. Sure, there's Oregon last year, Virginia Tech last weekend, but by and large, it's slim pickings. But if the report from the Omaha World-Herald today is true, it sure sounds like Boise's not really putting in a good-faith effort:


Nebraska called. Nebraska tried.

In the past year, NU tried to put together a series with BSU; two-for-one, home-and-home, one-way trip to Lincoln. Whatever. It ended up fizzling out. Why?

Because, according to NU Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Jamrog, Boise wanted a minimum $1 million to play in Lincoln.

This, of course, is insanity. Nebraska has zero incentive to agree to a deal like that; while the athletic program would still make money off of the game even after handing over seven figures to their esteemed guests, they'd make a lot more by hosting any number of other programs instead. Moreover, for BCS teams, non-conference strength of schedule doesn't really matter. Or, if you demand more nuance, SOS does matter, but not nearly to the extent that it would offset the negative effect of taking a loss should Nebraska lose that game (easily possible).

But if that's the way Boise wants to play it, by all means, let them. Just keep stories like these in mind the next time a BSU fan complains about the consequences of the cupcake schedule they face every year.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:48 pm

Alabama fans keep enemies close, Boise St. closer

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Last Monday's Top 10 showdown between Boise State and Virginia Tech was a ratings smash for ESPN, posting an overnight 6.8 rating nationwide. That's sensational news for the network and up 21% from last year's Labor Day matchup between Miami and Florida State--two titans of popularity in their own right. And while the ratings increase may largely stem from the fact that Miami was unranked and FSU No. 18 at the time of their matchup, there might be more to it than just that: specifically, according to the Birmingham News, wary Alabama fans:


Birmingham, Alabama produced the highest metered rating for the Boise State-Virginia Tech game, with a 23.7, further proof that this city loves quality college football.

According to ESPN, the next-highest markets were Richmond, Va. (16.5) and Norfolk, Va. (15.7). You didn't just win, Birmingham. You blew out the competition.

One can hardly blame Bama fans, of course; the winner of the game would have a decisive first step toward BCS title aspirations, something defending champs Alabama would be acutely interested in.

Still, Boise market: you couldn't be bothered to watch your team as much as the boys from Alabama? What up with that?

Posted on: September 7, 2010 12:05 am
Edited on: September 7, 2010 12:16 am

POLL: Will Boise State be playing January 10?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Having put together another final minute comeback, Boise State was able to overcome arguably their toughest challenge on the 2010 schedule by beating Virginia Tech 33-30.  Boise State should be significantly favored for the remainder of their games and could easily finish the regular season undefeated for the second straight season.  If so, the argument to have Boise State in the title game got a lot stronger with the victory over the Hokies.  But we want to know what you think.

Will Boise State be playing for the national championship on January 10?  Drop us a line in the comments section below.
Posted on: September 6, 2010 11:16 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 11:42 pm

Boise State wins duel with Virginia Tech 33-30

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE 11:35  PM ET - Wow.  Boise State has done it to us again.  Virginia Tech unable to get down the field turn the ball over on downs.  Broncos take the victory formation and the vomit-inducing BCS debates just got a lot more relevant.  FINAL: Boise State 33, Virginia Tech 30.  Keep it here at the College Football Blog for more recap and analysis.    

UPDATE 11:29 PM ET - Moore finds receiver Austin Pettis in the end zone for the second time tonight.  Boise State used only 32 seconds of game clock to get down the field and get the touchdown.  Extra point good.  Virginia Tech has two timeouts remaining.  Boise State 33, Virginia Tech 30  

UPDATE 11:27 PM ET - Moore connects on three straight completions and a late-hit penalty have moved the Broncos to the Virginia Tech 13 yard line.  No timeouts remaining for Boise State.  1:14 remaining.  Virginia Tech 30, Boise State 26 

UPDATE 11:23 PM ET - Virginia Tech finally stopped by the Boise State defense.  Kellen Moore taking over at his own 43 yard line after the punt return.  Virginia Tech 30, Boise State 26

UPDATE 11:20 PM ET - Boise State was forced to use their second timeout after failing to stop Virginia Tech's offensive attack.  With 2:10 remaining the Hokies were able to get out of their own red zone and are currently on their own 31 yard line.  Virginia Tech 30, Boise State 26

UPDATE: 11:16 PM ET - Virginia Tech forced Boise State to punt, but Kyle Brotzman was able to pin the Hokies deep in their own territory.  Virginia Tech takes over with less than five minutes remaining.  Both teams have 2 timeouts remaining. Virginia Tech 30, Boise State 26

Virginia Tech's kicking game has not been particularly on point tonight against Boise State, but when the Hokies really needed it most - kicker Chris Hazley delivered.  The senior connected from 34 yards out to put the Hokies up 30-26.  Hazley had already missed one attempt from that distance, and the lead forces the Broncos to score a touchdown to reclaim the lead.  

Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:00 pm

At the half, Boise's lead suddenly precarious

Posted by Adam Jacobi

After one half of action, we might actually have a ballgame. Boise State leads 20-14, but considering the way the second quarter transpired, the Hokies must be encouraged about their chances of completing the comeback.

Boise State has looked like the better team throughout the first half, mainly because Virginia Tech looked terrible in the first quarter. A botched snap led to a Broncos field goal. A blocked punt led to a Broncos touchdown. Then, multiple penalties on the same play turned a Boise punt from their 48 to a BSU first down on the Virginia Tech 32--that would lead to another Boise State TD. All in the first quarter. Of course, credit must go to Boise State for converting on these opportunities, but it's Virginia Tech's startling ineptitude that led to those opportunities in the first place.

The second quarter featured markedly better play from Virginia Tech, though the Hokies would miss a field goal after making first and goal. They found the end zone twice, both on nice plays by All-ACC tailback Ryan Williams. Moreover, the second quarter featured mistakes by Boise State: the Hokies' second touchdown was set up by a lost fumble by Doug Martin, and the Broncos avoided total disaster when their half-ending punt--a mystifying decision in and of itself--was only partially blocked.  

As for the second half, if Boise State keeps playing more disciplined football than the Virginia Tech, they'll probably win. Kellen Moore has looked good in the first half, and Tyrod Taylor hasn't done much on the ground. If the Hokies maintain their composure and commit fewer mistakes, though, it's anybody's ballgame.

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