Posted on: October 15, 2009 10:22 am
I want to see some attitude. I want someone pop off, demand that Boise get to the BCS championship game.
I want to see someone throw a punch at the system. Oops, been there done that.
You know what I mean. I want Boise State to own its struggle. I want it to pass out flyers door to door. Do infomercials. Something. Instead, all we get after games like Wednesday's middling 28-21 victory over Tulsa is the same old stuff. "We'll see how it shakes out." "We'll know at the end of the season." "Tulsa's a good team."
Tulsa's a good team but you should have blown them out, Chris Petersen. Oklahoma did. That's who Boise State fancies to be, or at least to play. Heck, it's already beaten the Sooners and OU beat Tulsa 45-40. The Broncos struggled. The problem is, they're willing to lay back and take their fate which is most probably the Fiesta Bowl. Not a bad end to the season but not what Boise deserves, at least not without a fight.
At least 50 percent of rankings are about what programs have done in previous years. My old line about 13 decades of football excellence counting more than 13 years still applies. That essentially is what Boise is fighting. It has the best winning percentage this decade. Only Oklahoma has won more games. Hell, the difference is Boise beating Oklahoma.
What we're left with is the same old week-by-week fashion show. Boise now goes on an awful slog during which it will play Hawaii, San Jose State, Lousiana Tech, Idaho and Utah State. Good luck coming out of that stretch still in the top 10 of the BCS.
The first set of standings come out this week. Boise will debut somewhere around sixth, which is about as high as it will get. I just want to hear some outrage from someone official within the program.
"We need to get better or we're going to get passed by," Petersen said after Wednesday's game.
Wow, that's a start.
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.
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?
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.
Posted on: March 20, 2009 3:37 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This is why we love the tournament:
About 1:45 pm. CT in the bowels of the Sprint Center. Three games, all close, in the final seconds. We, the media, get to watch all three simultaneously -- Kansas-North Dakota State, Tennessee-Oklahoma State, Utah State-Marquette. All we needed was a bar, a couple of taps and a waitress asking, "May I help you guys?"
Believe it or not it wasn't always this way for us media urchins. We used to feel like we were out of touch at these sites. The bowels of these arenas can be just that -- bowels of arenas. Damp, cold, forbidding.
But right now I'm looking around at eight flat screens in the media work room. Every game that's being played is on. The NCAA has a heart. I don't know this for sure but I'm guessing Greg Shaheen is responsible. Shaheen oversees the day-to-day operation of the tournament for the NCAA. I consider him a friend of the media who helps us get our work done. Thank goodness, the Pac-10 wasn't successful. The league tried twice to hire Shaheen to become its new commissioner recently.
There, that's my private thank you to the man responsible for making our insulated little world a bit more comfortable.
Posted on: October 12, 2008 3:39 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2008 5:05 pm
Is Tommy Tuberville coaching for his job?• A week away from the release of the first BCS standings there are 10 undefeated I-A teams, half of them from non-BCS conferences. The most undefeated teams we can have at the end of the season now is seven because of head-to-head matchups among the 10. Only three of the six BCS leagues are represented -- Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC.
Three of the teams are from the Big 12 -- Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech.
Penn State is 7-0 for the first time since 1999.
Utah and BYU are still headed for a Nov. 22 showdown in Salt Lake City. The Mountain West rivals gave up a combined one touchdown on Saturday. Utah beat Wyoming 40-7 and BYU dominated New Mexico 21-3.
Ball State is hanging around at 7-0, although end-of-the-season battles against Central Michigan and Western Michigan are looming.
The next big SEC games are coming up with Florida-Georgia on Nov. 1 and undefeated Alabama, 6-0, going to LSU on Nov. 8.• Halfway through the season how about these surprise conference leaders?
Pac-10: Cal, at 2-0 still has the bulk of its schedule left but still an impressive bounce back from last season at 4-1.
Big Ten: Michigan State is tied with Penn State and Ohio State at 3-0. The Buckeyes come to East Lansing this week. Michigan State ends the season with a trip to Penn State.
WAC: San Jose State is 2-0 (4-2) overall after beating Utah State.
Sun Belt: Florida International is one of four teams tied at the top at 2-0.
Mountain West: It's showdown Thursday when the BYU visits TCU. The teams are undefeated in conference play.
• Who would have known that halfway through the season that two teams from Oklahoma would be undefeated (Tulsa, Oklahoma State) and one of them wouldn't be Oklahoma?
• The last time Nebraska opened conference play with two losses was 1968. It fell at Texas Tech 37-31 in overtime. That was the Huskers' eighth consecutive loss to a ranked opponent.
• Georgia Tech tipped the game-tying field goal attempt with three seconds left to survive against Gardner-Webb 10-7. Coach Paul Johnson was down to his third-string quarterback Calvin Booker who was largely ineffective.
The defensive line combo of Michael Johnson combined for five sacks, 17 solo tackles and 51 yards in lost yardage.• How bad is Washington State? The Cougars intercepted Oregon State's Lyle Moevao four times but lost 66-13. Wazzoo had more penalty yards (170) than offensive yards (132).
• Georgia's Matthew Stafford surpassed 300 yards passing for the first time in his career (310) against Tennessee. The Vols are 0-3 in the SEC for the first time in 20 years.
• North Carolina (5-1) is off to its best start in since Mack Brown's last season in 1997.
• USC's Fili Moala tied an NCAA record by blocking two field goals in one quarter against Arizona State.
• Wyoming used four quarterbacks in that loss to Utah.
• Is it ironic or just karma? Rich Rodriguez negotiated his Michigan contract in Toledo during the offseason. He lost to the school that represents that city on Saturday. Some called Toledo's 13-10 "stunning". After Appalachian State there is nothing that compares to stunning. The Rockets had been 1-4. Michigan had been 24-0 against MAC teams.
“I feel that we’re at a crossroads where we could either go downhill or we can hang tough and weather this storm,” said linebacker Obi Ezeh. “Hopefully, this will pass and things will start going our way. We’ve just got to be tough.”• Texas is one game into playing four ranked opponents in a row. It's No. 11 Missouri this week after the big win over Oklahoma. Mack Brown is 10-0 in the game immediately following Oklahoma, four of those opponents have been ranked.
• Florida's Tim Tebow is two rushing touchdowns shy of Emmitt Smith's school record of 34.
• Texas and Oklahoma combined to score each of the 11 times they were in the red zone on Saturday. For the season, OU has cashed in all 28 red-zone visits. Texas is 32 of 33.
• Forget about Gary Pinkel going to Washington. The Missouri coach's next job is the hot gossip in the industry considering the Tigers are a national title contender and the Washington job will be open. Pinkel coached for 12 years at U-Dub under mentor Don James.
"I don't know why he'd even want to consider coming out here, with the facilities he's got and the way he's got it going," James told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I wouldn't know why anybody would want to leave Missouri now. It would be a tough, long haul."• Tis the season. First Tony Franklin at Auburn, now Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper. Harper was demoted last week after a 12-7 loss to Wake Forest on Thursday. Hot-shot recruit Willy Korn will take over for the preseason ACC player of the year.
• The weird things you see at the Texas State Fair...
Spam quesadillas ... Wine coolers. Who the hell drinks wine coolers anymore? ... Sign outside the Cotton Bowl: Pass Out Only At Halftime ... Fried ice cream ... Fried Avocado Chunks ... Gregg Doyel's cousin.
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