Boise State is the second highest-ranked non-AQ team in the new BCS Standings. But the Broncos, who are No. 20, are the third-most likely to see things fall into place for a berth in a BCS bowl. The problem is obvious. No. 17 Kent State and No.
I was surprised by the attention paid to Saturday’s Boise State “black-out” yesterday when Lee Hightower and Chris Petersen met the media. And I was surprised that Petersen not only didn’t deflect talk of the promotion, he embraced it. And it’s because of the specially-designed Nike uniforms for this week’s game against UNLV. The Broncos have been through the uniform thing before (witness the Pro Combat design for the Virginia Tech game two years ago), so Petersen isn’t worried distractions. “I think one of the good
Granted, it did happen more or less against Miami (Ohio). But perception is reality—it doesn’t seem like Boise State can get an “A” game out of both its offense and defense simultaneously. That comes from the past two weeks. First.
The Boise State offense needs touchdowns, something it has gone without in two out of three games this season. “It’s just details. Red zone football, goal line football—those two things jump out,” said coach Chris Petersen of the Broncos’ offensive woes Monday. Another thing jumps out to senior tight end Chandler Koch: the need to have fun again, especially in the red zone. “We’re not playing loose enough, or as fast,” said Koch. “We just get kind of tense down there—‘oh, we’re in the re
Every once in a while, Boise State coach Chris Petersen implores Bronco fans to bring their “A” game to the blue turf. Thursday night’s showdown against BYU is one of those times. At his press conference yesterday, Petersen was asked what he took from watching the end of the BYU-Utah game on TV Saturday night. “I know how important the crowd is,” said Petersen. “I’m 100 percent serious. If we can have our people as loud as they’ve ever been, I promise you it will help us.” It was rockin’ the l
The Boise Hawks had their first Northwest League title in eight years in their sights. They were four outs away last night at Memorial Stadium when the Vancouver Canadians batted around in the bottom of the eighth and plated seven runs with two outs en route to a 12-9 win. The Canadians won their second straight championship with the rally, very similar to the one that stunned the Hawks in Game 1 in Vancouver. The C’s had a seven-run seventh in that one. The series only lasted this long because of the Boise’s heroics Saturday night in a walk-off 3-2 wi
Allow me to pull one more thing from SI.com’s Stewart Mandel this week. This comes from his College Football Mailbag, answering a question from a Utah reader who thinks Boise State could still climb back to BCS-busting status this year. “You are correct in thinking that an 11-1 Boise team would probably rise back up as high as you're saying. I'm just not sure how anyone who watched the Michigan State game would have much confidence in the Broncos to win out. Yes, the 17-13 final score was close (in part because the Spartans took a knee inside B
Boise State gave up 461 yards last Friday, including 210 by Michigan State tailback Le’Veon Bell. Still, it’s difficult to look at the Bronco defense and not see the makings of a solid unit. Guys who had to step up generally did. That was especially true in the secondary, where Jeremy Ioane, Bryan Douglas and Darian Thompson all made plays. And there’s a new brigade of tacklers who haven’t heretofore been seen near the top of the stat sheet. Linebacker Tommy Smith racked up 12 tackles to lead the team—two-thirds as many as his c
Can Boise State bounce back long-term from the loss at Michigan State last Friday? Many think the Broncos can. After 62 consecutive appearances in the AP Poll, Boise State dropped into the “also receiving votes” category yesterday. Boise State had been ranked in the AP Poll since beating Oregon at Autzen Stadium in the third game of the 2008 season. But—considering the box score realities of the defeat at the hands of the Spartans—the Broncos are still getting respect, because they did not drop out of the Coaches Poll, coming in at No.
The consensus on the 2012 Boise State football team a week ago: We really don’t know what the Broncos have. Chris Petersen was the first to say it. But after the 17-13 loss at Michigan State last Friday, we’re still in the dark as to what Boise State is all about. Was it the MSU defense that made the BSU offense look bad Friday night? Or was the Bronco offense just not very good on this night? Probably a combination, but the Spartan defense was as advertised. Most glaring were the 37 yards rushing by Boise State. Usually a total like