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The BTN has decided to have a little fun this December. To celebrate our countdown to Christmas, we are going to bring you 25 days of new content! Make sure you check us out every day from now until Christmas!

Bowl Season begins today. Can the Mountain West dominate?

My Favorite BSU Football Players & Why

Two Weeks Left

Don’t Change Anything! Boise State fans all have their ways to help the Broncos win

This Week at the Diggity’s – Pre-Bowl Edition (The Waiting is the Hardest Part)

What They Are Saying – Jay Ajayi Part I

The Ultimate Boise State Fan Holiday Gift Guide – 2014

Why does this Fiesta Bowl feel different?

It’s Been A Year….

Bowl Games – The Hashtags & GIFS That Describe Them

Poll: Do you plan on attending the Fiesta Bowl?

One More

The Great J-Train Robbery

Sweet Emotion

BTN Predictions: Mountain West Conference Championship Game

This Week at the Diggity’s – Conference ‘Ship Week (Deja Blue All Over Again)

Flashback Friday- Fiesta Home (Fiesta Bowl)

What if Bryan Harsin Replicated Pokey’s Horse Ride to Sell Tickets?

BTN Playoff Rankings & Access Bowl Rankings

 “We will make it through this.” Boise State is better off one year after Petersen’s Departure

Attack The Opponent: Fresno State Part II – Electric Bulldogaloo

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Bowl Season begins today! Can the Mountain West dominate?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No, not the Holiday season, BOWL SEASON!  Beginning today the Mountain West Conference has a chance to show the country how good we really are.  So who will prevail and who will embarrass the conference?  Here is a look at each bowl game and my prediction:

New Orleans Bowl – Nevada vs. Louisiana (Dec. 20, 9:00am, ESPN)

This game brings us a match-up of two teams Boise State faced this year.  The Broncos dominated ULaLa 34-9 on the Blue and edged Reno 51-46 in Reno.  Despite the closer score against the Wolf Pack I actually feeel like the Ragin’ Cajuns are the better team and should be more comfortable playing a virtual home game. Cajuns 34 Reno 27

New Mexico Bowl – Utah State vs. UTEP (Dec. 20, 12:20pm, ESPN)

Despite being riddled with injuries this season the Aggies have still been able to put together a decent season, probably because they were returning the most starters in the history of college football with 57*.  UTEP is led by former Boise State offensive line coach Sean Kugler and is playing in its first bowl game since 2010, and has not won a Bowl game since 1967 (!).   Utah State 27 Miners 17

* I made this up

Las Vegas Bowl – Colorado State vs Utah (Dec. 20, 1:30pm, ABC)

The Purple bowl brings us the best team in the Mountain West Conference as determined by the media and coaches vs the best team in the Pac-12 as determined by delusional fans.  I can’t pick against the conference player of the year, and I can’t pick Utah in anything period.  Rams 28 Utes 27

Tater Bowl W. Michigan vs.  Air Force (Dec. 20, 3:45pm, ESPN)

I want to cheer for our fellow conference mates, but after this:

NOPE

Although I will be cheering for the other Broncos I think Air Force pulls this one out.  Falcons 35 Other Broncos 24

Poinsettia Bowl – Navy vs. San Diego State (Dec. 23, 7:30pm, ESPN)

This match-up brings us the Fighting Rocky Longs vs. the guys who will actually fight for our country.  This is another game where I want to cheer for our conference but just can’t.  Unfortunately I think this will be a blowout, and I am pretty sure Rocky Long feels the Navy has lost its mystique.  SDSU 45 Sailors 10

Hawaii Bowl – Rice vs. Cal State – Fresno (Dec. 24, 6:00pm, ESPN)

This is a dumpster fire of a bowl game if you ask me.  Fresno backs into a bowl with a losing record, and Rice is, well, Rice.  Both teams are just happy to be enjoying their island vacation and neither will come to play.  I will take Fresno and the under.  Bulldogs 21 Owls 10

Fiesta Bowl  – Boise State vs. Arizona (Dec 31, 2:00pm, ESPN)

Prediction coming soon!

 

 

 

My Favorite BSU Football Players & Why

I have been writing for Blue Turf Nation now for over three years. For some reason, it never really occurred to me to just write a quick list of my favorite players of all time from Boise State. So I figured why not now? Here is my list of favorite BSU players based on what I like as a fan.

brock_forsey1.) Brock Forsey – Brock was the first superstar player I ever really attached to as a fan. As a kid, Brock did it all, punt returns, caught the ball, ran for touchdowns. It was easy to be excited and love everything he did on the field. The guy never quit fighting for yards and ended up in the NFL when it was uncommon for Bronco players. There has been a lot of debate around who is the best RB to ever play at Boise State. But for me, no player will ever be regarded as highly as Brock Forsey.

 

quintin_mikel2.) Quintin Mikell – Another guy who made it into the NFL out of BSU when it wasn’t the “norm”. Mikell was a star player and fun to watch on “The Blue”. But he takes the #2 spot because after the Humanitarian Bowl, he came to the North Endzone where I was sitting with my Dad at the time and gave me a high-five. For a kid, that changes everything and you never forget your first moment like that. Really, looking back, Mikell doing that, probably made me the die-hard fan I am still to this day.

 

406299_169784373127556_169539846485342_237299_592153088_n3.) Kellen Moore – I really don’t have to elaborate on Kellen Moore. For most people he is #1 on their list. Kellen was and is special. He symbolized everything a Bronco should be. He was the blue-collar kid who dominated the world. He also wore the same number as I did growing up #11. Chances are, Kellen will hold the top spot for a QB on my list for the foreseeable future.

 

ian-johnson-nfl-draft4.) Ian Johnson – 2006 was an incredible year for all the reasons we will always remember. But I don’t think any RB has ever had a season at BSU like IJ did that year. People forget quickly how his sophomore season was like nothing we, or really anybody had ever seen before. Ian that year averaged 6.2 yards PER CARRY. Let me say that again, 6.2 yards PER CARRY. He ran for over 140 yards in 6 games, and over 150 in 4 of them. Not to mention he did it on a battered body that included a punctured lung at one point. People can remember the proposal, but I dare anybody to find a performance more impressive than what IJ did against Oregon State. That sophomore season makes him an easy #4 for me.

 

p1.boise.zabransky5.) Jared Zabransky – A lot of people have mixed feelings about “Z”. I however hold him near and dear because he was born in Hermiston, Oregon. That alone would seem odd to matter if it wasn’t for the fact I was also born in Hermiston. My grandparents also go to church with his in Pendleton which is pretty cool. It is rare to have those kind of connections to a player so it really didn’t matter what Zabransky did or didn’t do on the field, because frankly he was always going to have a spot on my list.

 

Jay+Ajayi+UNLV+v+Boise+State+9WID3vGjQOTl6.) Jay Ajayi- For everything Brock and Ian did on the field Jay has pretty much done the same. Ajayi’s year this season has been incredible and you won’t find a more well rounded RB. I love the “Jay-Train” and the way Jay plays the game, he runs hard, and falls forward. If he has a massive day against Arizona, he might just climb my list.

 

Jeron-Johnson7.) Jeron Johnson - The guy just wrecked people on the field… I am tempted to just leave it at that because that is why I loved him. I have never seen a player at BSU hit the way Jeron hit guys. He put legitimate fear in opposing teams, and I am not sure Russell Hill ever was the same after this. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iPUuoEAVfg). If you love football, you loved every moment you watched Jeron Johnson on “The Blue”.

 

KW+FIESTA8.) Kyle Wilson – Kyle Wilson had a bus with a giant picture of himself on it that his family drove around to promote him. Just saying that sounds bad, but Wilson backed it up every single time he laced up the cleats. He was “swagger” personified and the best ball-hawking CB I have seen in recent years. I loved watching Wilson wag his finger after defending a pass, and the hit he laid on Andy Dalton on the Fiesta Bowl will never be forgotten.  It is actually hard for me to have Wilson this low to be honest.

 

6e5fa55af879c96bac1da8bea3349b162fabb6b59.) Dempsey Dees – I don’t remember watching Dempsey play at BSU honestly. (I was just too young) But I remember his stats, and the fact he averaged an interception every other game at one point. I also loved CB’s and thought it was awesome we had one who was that successful at BSU. For whatever reason, because of that, he was always one of my favorites despite having a foggy memory of the actual plays he made.

 

 

doug-martin-alex-ibiloye-2010-1-4-23-41-2010.) Doug Martin - Doug was just awesome to watch play football. I still have not seen a RB at BSU finish runs with the pure force and anger Doug did. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiiT6WHYAzo) Martin had a knack for making big plays and had the best nickname in BSU history. Honestly, Doug belongs on most BSU fans top 10 list.

 

Honorable Mentions:
Korey Hall – Daryn Colledge – Ryan Dinwiddie

So Bronco Nation, who is your top 10 favorite players?

Two Weeks Left

It started as innocent sarcasm in response to a two and a half minute segment on the Fiesta Bowl, but when Jeremy gets involved, well, it devolved to Truth As the Pundits and A Good Portion Of The Country Are Portraying It.

It’s a little maddening. It wouldn’t take much homework to learn even a tiny bit beyond the win loss column. scroll down ever so slightly in that google search there, bud. The Broncos are coming and Arizona might not have enough to stop them. Probably best to acknowledge it.

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Don’t Change Anything! Boise State fans all have their ways to help the Broncos win

When it comes to sports superstitions, I have to admit I am pretty bad.  I have them for all of my teams.  When any of them go on a hot streak I have to make sure nothing changes.

I received a New York Rangers shirt for Christmas last year, and when they made the playoffs I vowed not to wash it until they lost a series.  That shirt went from April 17th to June 17th without being washed.  Come to think of it I threw it into the back of the closet after the Kings won in OT on the 17th, so it actually didn’t get washed until October.  That smell coming from my closet that my wife was complaining about makes sense now.

Anyways, this is about the Broncos, and when it comes to Boise State, I am even worse. My day has to start with coffee in  one of my Boise State coffee mugs.  When I get dressed I must have my lucky Boise State underwear ( I know, TMI) and I try to match what the team is wearing that day.  If it is a road game I will usually wear orange or a white jersey.  If it is a home game, I  go with whatever color the team is wearing.  I realized towards the end of this season that my 1994 throwback jersey was bringing the most luck so  I wore that to the Utah State game, and after winning wore the exact same clothes to the MWC Championship game.  It worked!

For road games I need to have my man-cave set up the exact  same way.  I have  picture of Pokey Allen that I take off of the wall and put on the coffee table along with my lucky cowbell, and my replica hammer has to be out as well.

There are also a lot fans who are superstitious about what the team is wearing.  After the Broncos wore their orange helmets in both the Ole Miss and Air Force losses there are many fan who hope we never see them again.  Of course, luck can change.  After some bad losses wearing orange pants in 2005, the bad juju was cleansed from them with the undefeated Fiesta Bowl season of 2006. Now after winning two Fiesta Bowls with blue helmets, white jerseys, and orange pants, most fans are hoping to see the same combination on December 31st.

What are some of the rest of Bronco Nation’s rituals?  I asked on Twitter yesterday and got quite a few answers:

 

Our contributor Heath added that when he watches games on TV he wears the same jerseys the team is wearing.  With all of the different jerseys we have worn the past few years he must have quite a collection.

I also received an email from Blue Turf Nation reader Wally Hames, who has a specific game day ritual:

“When watching BSU play, I always have to be sitting in my recliner,  nap pillow on my stomach, vertically, and the remote has to be laying horizontal facing left.  I don’t know why…it just works.”

I am guessing one of those things were just a bit off for our two losses this year!

Do you have any crazy rituals?  Let us know on twitter or leave a comment!

I will go ahead and leave this awesome Soul Train video here for all of you as well!

 

 

 

This Week at the Diggity’s – Pre-Bowl Edition (The Waiting is the Hardest Part)

It’s that time of year again.  The dead period between the Heisman Presentation and Bowl Season.  I know, there’s the FCS Playoff but who’s interested in Sam Houston State or New Hampshire? I’m sure their fans are.  Anyways, it’s a tough, non-football week but that just builds the excitement for what’s next.

I’m so proud of our Broncos this year. Mountain West Champions and the first team to get the “access bowl” slot. It’s time to FIESTA!

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The frustrating part of my week? I lost 2 games during the regular season in fantasy football. I lost in the first round of the playoffs. Thanks, Peyton Manning for your sub-par week….I know that I usually deal with football but congrats to Derrick Marks for winning the MWC Men’s Basketball Player of the week.  Hope there are many more to come this year….

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Mrs. Diggity said her meds would be ready in a half hour so I left about 45 minutes later.  Still not done. Thank you for allowing me to wait around an additional 25 minutes, Wally World!…Oh Sears. The Mach Rachet? The Shake Weight thinks you’re dirty….It made my day to see LeBron put his arm around Kate Middleton. That’s how normal people take pictures. It’s no big deal. She wasn’t the Duchess of Cambridge all of her life….The blog “Saturday Down South” has Boise State ranked #25 in their “Way Too Early” rankings. I like that the boys are back in the national eye….I was happy to see that Coach Sanford turned down the Offensive Coordinator position at Vanderbilt. In my opinion, that position would have a step down….There is something really wrong with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. First off, you can’t say the kid never played in Reindeer Games. He did. That’s how everyone figured out his nose glowed.  Secondly, even Santa, with his amazingly jolly self, wants Rudolph to be segregated….SportsCenter. I’m truly disappointed (this time) in you. Nicki Minaj was on the show? Way to class it down. Hopefully she knows sports better than she knows music….Amazon – stop trying to make the Fire Phone happen. It’s like a Mustaine/Metallica reunion – won’t ever be a thing.

This is probably the only song that was legitimately appropriate for today.  Enjoy it, Bronco Nation.  They can’t take it away from this team, EVER.

So, we will sit here patiently waiting for December 31st and enjoy the other bowl games.  Maybe Boise State should just buy a residence down there.  The Broncos are there quite a bit (Las Vegas too!  AMIRITE?).  Enjoy your week, Nation.