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Can I get an asterisk?
Yes, Wyoming is 4-0, but that includes a 3-point win over an FCS team and a come-from-behind 2-point win over a UConn squad that fired their coach 2 weeks ago. I do not fear the cowboy.
I do worry about AFA and how many missed tackles will lead to 70-yard touchdowns there. Other than that, nothing on the Mountain side keeps me up at night.
I really liked the resilience I saw in the defense yesterday. Yes, they gave up a lot of yards on the ground, but they bowed up when they needed to. There are things to work on, but there was also a lot of improvement. Is it possible we are seeing young coaches learning? I think Plough made huge steps in his play calling yesterday. It may be a long year, but I think we are laying the foundation of a good staff. Those early losses are already paying dividends.
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My sentiments exactly... almost
I’m with you 100% except for your first point. I think Hank has arm talent, and he’s accurate enough. I think his biggest problem is decision making and lack of vision. He doesn’t throw his receivers open.
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This team is reminding me more and more of Hawk’s first year. We had 5 losses that year, and some really sloppy games with lots of bone-headed plays and bad run defense (Rice, anyone?). But buried in the muck was a gem in the Fresno St game. They were ranked 8th and thought they were world beaters after knocking off overrated A&M and Colorado teams early in the season. We went into the valley and taught them what was what. I really hope the part of Fresno State will be played by BYU this year. We just have to put it all together. Please! Please, Football Gods! Shine down on the Broncos!
As for conference play, I’m very concerned about the teams in the West. We’ll see how we stack up with Nevada, but honestly, they don’t scare me as much as Fresno and SD at this point. Give me Strong’s "cannon" over the relentless thrashing we will be taking at the hands of the California teams’ run games. On the Mountain side, I think we are in good shape except for Air Force. Their option offense gives us problems even on years when we have a decent run defense. On the other hand, our bend-don’t-break style may be just what we need to survive that outing. We’ve got a chance to right the ship against an up-and-down Utah State, and I think we’ll do just that. I just wish we could play the rest of the Mountain before we face the West.
Links are helpful!
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That response seems a tad unnecessary
I don’t know about the Wendy’s parking lot, but there’s some parking info near the end of this 147 page article (my memory may have exaggerated that a little).
Here are the relevant bits:
TRAFFIC, PARKING & FREE SHUTTLES
Expect increased traffic on all roads surrounding Boise State before and after the game. University Drive, from Capitol Boulevard to Broadway Avenue, will be congested throughout the morning and afternoon. Because of limited public parking on-campus, fans are encouraged to park off-campus and walk/bike or use a shuttle to get to the game.
Parking in Boise Parks:
Parking is allowed in designated parking spots within Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, Riverside Park, and Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park. Parking for Boise State home games is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Towing will be delayed at those parks until 3 a.m. the following morning regardless of kickoff time.
Overnight parking is prohibited.
The Downtown Boise Association coordinates free shuttle buses from five convenient downtown locations to Albertsons Stadium.
These shuttles run every 15 minutes starting two hours prior to game time, and immediately after the game for one hour.
6th & Grove (Bardenay)
8th & Main (Bronco Shop)
8th & Main (Diablo & Sons)
8th & Broad (Solid Grill & Bar)
6th & Broad (Boise Brewing)
River Street between 12th & Ash (Payette Brewing)
Here is more information on the Bronco Gameday Shuttle, and game day parking options.
Enjoy the game!
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See smurfturfer’s link to the Lou Groza "Stars of the Week" article. Go vote. Dalmas is woefully underrepresented in that poll, and he’s tied for 4th for most points among FBS kickers!
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Why does Tulsa keep getting thrown around?
Do they have a big endowment or something? They just don’t move the needle for me. Their football history has been very up and down.
I’d rather see the MWC invest in Texas to get some recruiting tendrils planted there. Try to woo SMU who has some history with a few of the MW teams in the old WAC. I’d love to poach Memphis as well, but I’m not sure they would go for it. Actually, I’m not sure SMU would go for it. The AAC money is better than that of the MWC. As far as I can see, that’s the only reason Aresco would have the cajones to even think BSU, SDSU, CSU & AFA would consider jumping ship onto his holey raft. We get $2M more per year to spend on the increased travel before the AAC sinks again? No thanks. For that same reason, I don’t see teams from the east coast joining the MWC.
The best course of action, monetarily speaking, may be to join forces with the AAC or SBC (please, not CUSA) and pitch the viewership to the broadcasters. Still, I question whether there will be too many mouths to feed when it comes to check-splitting time.
If they want good football, the best bet is to go the FCS route. EWU, Weber St, UC Davis, Montana/Montana St, N Dakota St, S Dakota St. The biggest problem is that won’t increase money or recruiting much, which is what pushes expansion.
In the end, Craig and the MW may be left scraping the crust off the bottom of CUSA if they want to expand. UTSA might not be horrible with their recent, somewhat upward trajectory. If you really want a toehold into the DFW market, you can chase that perception with UNT. And there’s always UTEP. I mean, every conference needs bottom-feeders. Never mind the fact that the MWC is more than half bottom-feeders at this point.
Whatever the MWC does, hopefully it won’t affect the Broncos for very long. I’m putting my eggs gently in the Big-12 basket, and yes, I’m counting them before they hatch.
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Times have definitely changed with the surge of the AAC and the Sun Belt, but it wasn’t that long ago that we went to the Fiesta Bowl with 2 losses.
It’s not just how you do in a year that dictates what bowl you end in. A lot depends on what everyone else does. Thus the "beauty" of FBS football. Can you imagine how boring life would be if you could rely on making a post-season tournament just based on how well you did during the year? Where is the excitement?
I noticed Scale was out during the UTEP game. I hope he finds his way back.
In the meantime, I will LOVE watching Cravens. He had a couple of great physical plays. Nasty attitude = me likey.
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I agree 100%
People keep saying we were outcoached. I agree with that statement, but it goes deeper. They were far superior to us in the trenches. There were no holes for CHL or VB to run through. It boggled my mind that we kept trying to "Plough" our way through. (see what I did there?)
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Holding onto the ball too long
I honestly don’t understand this criticism I have seen of Hank from various posters. He took zero sacks in that game. Yes, he took some hits, and he was hurried quite a few times, but he looked poised and confident until that terrible interception. He is not the reason we lost that game.
I expected more out of our D-line and backers, especially the backers. I guess I figured Avalos’s talent would transfer? Maybe instinct can’t be taught? I was super-impressed with Skinner, but it’s not great that the safety was having to make all those plays.
The O-line was passable (so to speak) on passing downs, but run blocking was, uh, not good. Combine that with unimaginative, oblivious-to-the-game-situation play calling in the third, and you have a losing recipe. That’s just what we got.
But to lay this loss on Hank and call for his head is just looking for a scapegoat. He didn’t lose this game.