BTN Superlatives: San Jose State


Alright Boise State fans, this is the last game of the regular season. Here’s to hoping they can really turn things around for Bronco Nation’s sake.

These are the awards for the team Boise State faces this Friday, the…San Jose State Spartans

#70 DT Trevor Bloom

Most likely to be sunburned by the moon

#72 OT Wes Schweitzer

Friendliest guy in prison


Andre Chachere #21 CB Andre Chachere

Most likely to use a lampshade as hair



Dakari Monroe #19 DB Dakari Monroe

Vote for Pedro

#86 DE Christian Hill

Most likely to be a member of the AARP


#6 QB Joe Gray

Least likely to be named Joe Gray


#91 DE Lukas Hendricks

Most likely to be named Joe Gray


#18 TE Billy Freeman

“Shiver me timbers”

#57 DT Nate Falo

The love child of Darian Thompson and Justin Taimatuia

Go BRONCOS! Beat the Spartans! ATF

Win or Lose – Bleed Blue

The Horned Frogs took down the Broncos by one point Saturday at Bronco Stadium. (Cody FInney/ The Arbiter)

Surrender Cobras are rare in these parts


Boise State sits here today at a 7-4 record after a devastating lost Friday night on The Blue on senior night. Some fans don’t know how to react (and some former players too, right Bertoli?) and other brush it off as a bad year with a true freshman QB. We have to think back to find a season as bad as this, way back to 2013. Wait 2013? Yep that’s right in 2013 Chris Petersen lead the Broncos to a 8-4 record and then he left us for dead in our bowl game for a final record of 8-5 on the season. Yes folks Chris Petersen had a bad year. And for the bring back Prince talk? He was leading our offense that year.

Let’s face it we all like winning.  In fact, we have gotten use to winning. We have Kellen Moore to thank for that. Three losses in his entire career and we have four this year. Young Rypien has already had as many losses this season as Moore had his entire career. Sure Brett could go undefeated the rest of his career and finish with only three losses, it’s possible. Or there is this to consider – Brett Rypien is not Kellen Moore. I know that’s a scary thought to some. Brett Rypien is Brett Rypien. Coach Harsin is not Coach Pete. This team is not the 50-3 senior class.

This team needs Bronco Nation’s support. This team needs to see us support them. They need to see a fan base behind them and not a bandwagon. I woke up this morning to find so many people tweeting “bleed blue”. I loved that. Winning did not lead me to this team. It was the blue-collar attitude that the players and fan base had. It was the family atmosphere that I felt when engaging with fans. It was going to a game in San Jose and seeing more Bronco fans than I did San Jose fans. It was turning to a stranger and getting a high-five after a Bronco touchdown. Watching Kellen Moore knife through the defense was an added bonus. Watching Doug Martin run back an opening kick off for a TD was a bonus. Watching Jay Ajayi’s Statue of Liberty in the Fiesta Bowl was a bonus. And seeing Brett Rypien play has been a bonus. Let’s face it this kid will be good. He is not Kellen Moore and no one will ever be. But he needs us just like we need him. This team has two games left and can finish a respectable 9-4. Let’s stand behind them and support our boys.

I don’t know about you but win or lose I bleed blue.

BTN Fan of the Week: Ryan Gilley


  What’s in a game-day tradition or a special game-day item? Everything. While some fans wear the same socks every week and others eat spaghetti every week, game-day traditions are sacred. And while Boise State runs out on to the field with their hammer, our fan of the week Ryan Gilley enjoys his games with his Boise State fire helmet.
Ryan is a fire department dispatcher, who has been involved some kind fire safety work since he was a kid. But after becoming a Bronco fan five years ago he decided to mix his two passions. Before 2010 Ryan was an Alabama fan (very disturbing I know) but one trip to Glendale Arizona changed that. Ryan was invited to attend the 2010 Fiesta Bowl by a friend who was a Bronco fan, and that trip changed his fandom. After seeing Bronco Nation supporting the team in masses he was convinced, he needed to be a part of this family. Then after watching the Broncos take out TCU he was even more convinced.
Since that first game in Arizona, Ryan has been to watch his team on the blue, on the road and even to different bowl games. While he has taken trips to see them play in San Jose, San Diego, Reno and even Las Vegas multiple times nothing comes close to seeing his boys play on the blue turf in Boise. “It is an awesome field and allows BSU to stand out” he says about the stadium.
But like every other Bronco fan he gets his share of grief from friends and coworkers. Living in Southern California the majority of these people around him are avid UCLA and USC fans. If any of you have been to SoCal you know that these fans are the worse. But the Broncos just keep winning and those Southern California doing the opposite all he has to do is bring up their records or latest game scores to shut them up.
I would like to welcome our latest fan of the week Ryan Gilley to our Bronco Nation family. Head over to Twitter and give him a follow @SoCalRyan289. Wether it’s law enforcement news, or fire updates, or his opinion on the latest Bronco news, he will have it all there.

Brett Rypien’s Toughness

What do J.J. Watt and Brett Rypien have in common?

When you see the NFL’s defensive MVP and Boise State’s starting QB you probably can’t see much they have in common.

But both J.J. and Brett grew up playing another sport other than football, hockey. Now simply playing the same sport isn’t why I mention it. Just about everyone knows that hockey is one of the roughest sports around. Football also being a sport that requires a high level of toughness.

bloody nose JJ

So why is them both playing hockey as a youth worth mentioning? Because either they were born tough, or hockey made them that way. Or maybe a little of both. Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt has continually shown his toughness playing despite sickness, injury, or bloody noses. Rypien has shown his toughness this year getting right back up after taking multiple hits in the backfield. Whether he stands in the pocket after a throw, or is simply taken down, Brett has taken a lot of hits in his first year as starting quarterback. In his first start against Virginia Brett Rypien was sacked three times, and knocked down more. Coach Harsin said “the requirement of toughness is number one. He showed that in that game.” Later in the season taking the snaps against Utah State, the Aggies were able to sack him four times. Yet he continues to get right back up.

Rypien sack

Photo courtesy Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

So how much has hockey played a role in developing this toughness? Doing a little research about Rypien’s prior involvement in the sport, The Idaho Statesman found that “he played youth hockey from ages 5 to 10” which they said attributed to Brett’s development through sports.

In the ESPN special E:60, J.J. Watt stated that he played hockey from ages 3 to 13 and recently started skating as part of his off-season workouts.

Watt hockey

Both of these players have demonstrated toughness on the football field, and no matter how much green is on Brett Rypien’s jersey he will continue to show how tough he is. Boise State fans can thank hockey for helping to create a real tough quarterback.

Interesting Facts:

Instead of wearing Kellen Moore’s #11, Brett chose #4 because it was his hockey number.

Brett Rypien’s cousin Rick was an NHL player, who was known for his hitting and fighting.

Rick Rypien

Rick Rypien

BTN Predictions: Air Force Falcons


Derek –  Listen, I am not ever going to predict a Boise State loss.  This is a homer blog and I am going to make homer picks.  That does not mean I can not be slightly realistic when it comes to games.  I have picked close games before (I think) and I may again.  This will not be one of them. We lost on the Blue last week.  It is senior night this week.  The last time we lost back-to-back games at home was in 1997.  It ain’t happening again this week. I don’t know if Air Force is feeling particularly confident, but whoever is running their social media is:

AF Tweet

Unless whoever is tweeting for them is a player, I have as much of a right to be confident as they do – neither of us have anything to do with the outcome.  It will not be pretty for the Falcons.  All of those dropped balls and overthrown passes last week will be completions this week, and all of those runs that were almost broke will be broken.  The ball will bounce our way this week.  Boise State 45 AF 10 #BEATEMDOWN

Josh – I bleed blue in every vein in my body but nightmares from last year continue to haunt me. Vegas must feel pretty lucky selecting Boise State as a favorite in this game, and I kinda wish they made the Broncos an underdog because they seem to play their best games that way. Air Force is very similar to the last team to break Boise’s 18-game home win streak, yet they’re more effective and have a better passing game. Double uh-oh (our secondary is definitely our weakest link right now). It seems the triple option will forever doom the Broncos. Keys to a Boise State win would be limited big plays, red zone efficiency, and PROTECTING THE FOOTBALL. Turnovers are pastries, and also the biggest factor in whether or not you win a football game. With Boise’s recent struggles, they would need to play at 120% to come out with the W- which is totally doable. I really hope Harsin prints and tapes Air Force’s tweet in the locker room to fire them up. Air Force 31 Boise State 27 :(    p.s. I’m also hoping by predicting Boise losing that by some reverse-magnetic magical changing fate that it makes them win (Football fans are pretty superstitious-all my Boise State friends blame me attending the New Mexico game for the loss)

Jonathan– Boise State lost last week to an opposition that clearly they should have dominated. But did they beat us or did we beat ourselves? Boise State has not lost 2 games in a row since 2007 and I don’t see that happening this week. The option has always been tough for Boise to handle but I think the defense finds a way to handle it tonight. There is no way this senior class will lose this game. It is a must win if the Broncos want to have a shot at the Mountain West championship game. I also think the offense goes off tonight. Rypien will have this receiving core back on track and catches will be made unlike last week when the receivers couldn’t catch a cold. I believe Boise State dominated this game, but it will be a tough fought game. Boise State 41 Air Force 17

Tami – I really hope that everyone else is correct in calling for a blowout and I am more wrong than ever before, but I just can’t see this being a big win for the Broncos, or even a comfortable one. Possibly, not even a win at all. AFA is a good football team. Boise should be a better football team, but not if they can’t defend successfully or score more than 33% of the time from the red zone. The unthinkable will become sudden reality unless those things are fixed. I’m picking a Bronco win here because Vegas (Boise +0.5) and Homerism, but this thing is going to be just stupidly, infuriatingly close. The season is saved on a Rau$a clutch kick. Broncos 30, Zoomies 27.