Attack The Opponent: Utah State Aggies

See, you’d think that a team putting up numbers like Utah State is would have some confidence. They’ve won a couple of conference games against traditional powers like CSU and Fresnah, and looked pretty darned good last weekend.

But then we remember that Boise State put a hurting on CSU, and Fresno might not be able to beat the Vandals right now.

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Sure, Utah State’s stats SAY they can play pass defense. They LOOKED like they can hurry the qb and be a real pain, but have some issues against a solid run game. Boise State could be weaker than usual in the backfield this weekend, with Jeremy McNichols status in question after a hard hit to the head v. CSU. This should theoretically lead to a defensive battle in which the top two defenses in the MWC clash to a 21-14 finish.

But that’s assuming that USU’s stats mean anything. Because when we look at the trend, well, it might not.

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Offensively, Utah State is performing better consistently. This would be expected to continue if they can maintain their balanced attack. Boise State’s run defense is going to ensure that isn’t an issue for anybody sporting the correct color Blue. So the Aggies will be relying on the pass. Boise’s pass defense isn’t as good as the run D, but it’s good enough to get a pick or 3 and cut out the soul of a team like Utah State. I just don’t think Utah State has seen anything like what Boise is going to throw at them defensively, and they’re going to pay in #AggieTears of frustration and surrender cobras.

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 8.33.41 PMBoise’s Defense is a monster. The run defense is just….insane. I said last week that I would be stunned to see CSU rack up 100 yards on the ground…and I am. But 105 ain’t far off.

Here’s where I think the stats differ from what we’re actually going to see on the field. Theoretically, Utah State has a typically good Utah State defense. Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 8.33.27 PM

Sure, UW went off on them, and Utah put up decent numbers. But CSU only fared a little bit worse against the Bronco Death Machine feat. Brett The Rypper than against USU, so that should be a decent sign. Or not. Because remember, Fresno is bad this season. Real bad, and it’s skewing the trend. I think Utah State is going to suffer the wrath of a Harsin who is apparently totally okay with style points.

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Not to stack on pressure or anything, but this game might be Rypien’s arrival party. Kelsey Young/Devan Demas are a potent rushing attack. Nobody is saying otherwise, and Broncos are really good at that “next man up” thing. But the run game might get shut down a little bit, and that means relying on a true freshman quarterback who has done nothing but win, win, win. The WR/TE corps has been on fire since Ryp has taken the huddle, and with the amazingly creative play calling that has been the hallmark lately, well, this game might be the 500 yard dream that would soothe the Bronco soul like no other.

…and possibly be the one that makes the Aggies go over the edge. This fan base is coming across as supremely overconfident, we’re going to their house, and all of a sudden the pre-season MWC champs are talking like they’re the one with the #20 by their name and the champ trophy sitting in their amazing football complex.


Sorry, Aggies, this isn’t the season. You guys just aren’t quite there yet. Fresno beatdown or nah. Again, the Broncos are just going to be too much to handle.


This Week at the Diggity’s – 2015 Episode 9 (Ram-a-lam-a-ding-DAAAAMN)

Every week, I worry about something concerning the upcoming Boise State game. I’m not so worried about the how the Colorado State Rams this week.  What I’m worried about is where I can watch the game. The Ducks game started at 3 PM local so no sports bar will be showing our boys and Mrs. Diggity and I don’t have cable.  I’ll get it figured out though.


Hey Milwaukee Bucks! Until you actually become competitive, there’s really no reason to “Fear the Deer”. But the unis are kinda cool… Twitter idiot of the week – one of the guys running the Texas Rangers’ account. His tweet, “Fire Charlie. #Bye” concerning University of Texas Football coach Charlie Strong cost him his job. #Dummy… Once again, I was very wrong with my Bronco game prediction. But, in a good way. I said 66-17. The Broncos pull off the shut out, 55-0CBS Sports has Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl against Stanford in their bowl predictions this week. Brett McMurphy says the Vegas Bowl against Arizona State while Mark Schlabach puts the Broncos in the Hawaii Bowl against Houston... Boise State is back in the Coaches poll at number 24. They also jumped back in the AP Poll at 25. Now, to get that win next week at Colorado State… The games I watched this weekend were: Miami/Cincinnati, Memphis/South Florida, UConn/BYU, Texas/TCU, Army/PennState, South Carolina/Missouri, Louisville/NC State, Ohio/Akron, Purdue/Michigan State, Northern Illinois/Central Michigan, Alabama/Georgia, Ohio State/Indiana, San Jose State/Auburn, Washington State/Cal, Ole Miss/Florida, Arkansas/Tennessee, Hawaii/Boise State, & Oregon/Colorado… I think it’s hilarious that James Harden thinks he was the NBA MVP last  year whether he won it or not. Steph Curry won the MVP and his team won the Championship. That kind is cements the award being given to him… Don’t make you workers mad in France. Air France laid off 2900 workers and a bunch of those pink-slipped employees went after their bosses and stripped their shirts off of them in public. Modern day “tarred & feathered”… Nick Saban melting down is always fun to watch. This time, I kind of agree with him. Teams won’t ever play for the media… My score prediction this week is Broncos 60, Rams 20. Let’s see if I’m way off in the right way again.

The song of the week is a bonafide “Diggity Favorite”. Because the POTUS visited Southern Oregon yesterday, enjoy this…

I’m off to find a stream of the game.  Sorry about the short column this week.  Next week will be better. Until then, spread kindness like confetti.

BTN Predictions: Week 6 vs. Colorado State


Derek – I AM THE PREDICTION KING!!!! After last week where I stated that I was horrible at predictions, this blind squirrel finally found a nut!  55-0  RIGHT ON THE DOT.  Can I do it again?  Doubtful.  Sigh.  I will give it a shot though!  It is hard to say whether this team is really starting to click, or if our last two opponents were SO bad that they made us look that good.  How about we settle on that it may be a combination of the two.  I do think that Brett Rypien will continue to get comfortable as he starts his third game, and our defense, well, it really is THAT good.  As far as CSU goes, outside of Savannah State, they have  scored an average of 24 points on offense and given up an average of 28 on defense.  I doubt they score 24 are our awesome D, and I am sure we score more than 28.  Once again, Boise State goes over the mid-century mark, and the defense is excellent again.  Boise State 51 CSU 10

Tami – I think this game might be a little closer than we as fans would like. The Broncos are due for the traditional Boise State Flat Start and Terrifying Third Quarter. Not saying that the Broncos won’t win handily. Just not sure it’s going to be a blowout. CSU is due to live up to a little more potential and is probably angry after taking a beating from Utah State. No matter what CSU comes up with, pretty sure that Bronco D is gonna Bronco D and this thing won’t really be in too much question. Boise State 42, Rams – 21

Noel – Last year, the Rams had a quarterback that “won” the Mountain West Player of the Year.  They also had a different head coach. As much trouble as the Broncos had with Colorado State last year (big air game, couldn’t stop 3rd downs) and in the state of Colorado (that one game, you know), it’s not going to happen this year. The Boise defense is much improved and Colorado State won’t be able to move the ball against them. I see a blowout and the 1s will be out before the end of the 3rd.  Broncos 60, Rams 20

Bronco Feedbag: Colorado State Rams


A lot of things changed in 2006.  The season that REALLY put Boise State on the map ended in one of the greatest games in college football history as Boise State defeated Oklahoma 43-42 on this awesome play:


And, for me it was a year of change as well.  After working as a Culinary Training Leader for Chili’s for 13 years, where most of my time was spent traveling the world teaching people how to cook Baby Back Ribs, It was time for me to stop traveling and settle down.  My daughter was born that year, and it was important for me to find a job where I could be home with her.  Unfortunately, Chili’s did not have any management opportunities in Boise, and I didn’t want to re-locate, so I took a management job with On The Border Restaurant.  This was an awesome opportunity for me at a point in my life when I really needed it, however I had to travel to Colorado for six weeks for training – during December 2006/January 2007.  My entire family was going to make the trip to the Fiesta Bowl, and I figured I was going to have to watch the biggest game in Boise State history by myself in my hotel room. Luckily for me, a co-worker at Chili’s who I had opened a lot of restaurants with lived in the Denver area where I was training, and we discovered that his house was actually right down the road from my hotel.  His girlfriend was from Boise and went to Boise State as well, so it worked out well for us to have a watch party at his house for the Fiesta Bowl.  Instead of watching by myself in a lonely hotel room, I was going to be with good friends who would be cheering along with me. So what does this all have to do with this weeks Feedbag?  Well that friend, Casey Taylor, is now the Director of Operations at Masterpiece Delicatessen in Denver, and is an incredible chef.  I figured since I don’t know much about Colorado Cuisine, I would reach out to Casey for an awesome recipe for us to tailgate/tablegate with while watching Boise State vs. Colorado State.  Enjoy, and if you are ever in the Denver area stop by the Deli!


(4 servings)
1 pound – Ground Bison(preferably Colorado raised free range)
Salt and Pepper
8 oz Green Chile Cream Cheese
4 Tomato slices(heirloom)
Shredded Romaine
Sliced Red Onion
4 Toasted Brioche or your favorite Buns
For the Green Chile Cream Cheese:
1- 8oz pkg of Room temperature Cream Cheese
1- Roasted Hatch Green Chile(hot)
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
Juice of 1/2 lime( save the other half for your featured beer in the next section)
1 Tbl minced Cilantro Leaves
Place all ingredients into a food processor and whip until smooth.
For the Bison:
For 4 equal Patties out of the Bison
Season with Salt and Pepper
Sear on your grill and cook until desired temperature(I like 160 degrees F internal)
Butter toast your bun on the grill
Spread Green Chile cream cheese on the top of bun
Sliced Tomato, Red Onion and Romaine on the bottom Bun
Place your burger on the bed of Romaine
Then take a bite and enjoy!!!
MamasColorado has A LOT of great craft brews, but I am a big fan of Oskar Blues Brewing.  I was originally going to go with Dales Pale, but Casey suggested pairing the Bison Burgers with Mama’s Yella Pills.  Here is a description from Oskar Blues:

How do you cram as much hop & malt flavor and aroma as possible into a beer but make it crushable too?

Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic, famous. Unlike mass market‚ “pilsners‚” diluted with corn and rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.

Ah crushable beer! For those who don’t know this means you can drink a bunch of it and still make it to the end of the game!

Casey also suggested a squeeze of lime in this.  You get a refreshing lime taste without the overpriced skunk of Corona!


jagerA little more nostalgia here. When Casey and I were watching the Fiesta Bowl we started taking shots every time Boise State scored.  I asked him if he remembered what we were shooting.  Obviously all those scores/shots and all these years later have made our memories a little fuzzy, but he thinks maybe we were doing Jager and Redbull, which seems about right for that period of time. I wont even bother giving you this recipe.  If you can’t figure it out you shouldn’t be drinking!

(Side note:  Casey’s girlfriend was doing shots with us as well while we watched.  By halftime she was done for, and at that point we were up 21-10 and dominating.  She went to bed and missed the rest of the game and all the drama!)

Happy Tailgating!


Attack The Opponent: Colorado State Rams

goatthelightningUh oh…

Colorado State is underachieving right now. On paper, they should be one of the few threats to the Broncos really left on the schedule. Mike Bobo came from Georgia and took over a Rams team that won 10 games last season. Rams fans are beside themselves after watching two close OT losses to P5 teams (I can’t believe that’s what Colorado counts as), squeaking by UTSA, and then losing by 15 to Utah State. CSU lost a lot of their star power to the NFL draft – boy does that sound familiar – except where BSU has flourished, really, CSU is in a fall.

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Okay, it’s hard to find gifs of mountain goats falling that aren’t terrible, but totally found THIS AWESOME ONE OF GOATS FALLING…UP!?

CSU is a team who’s stats make little to no sense when we look at totals. But the trend is revealing. The cupcake tasted like cupcake. But then things went wrong.

Offensively, CSU is struggling a little over the last few games. Boise State has a much better DL than Utah State, and this team didn’t fare well against the Aggies run defense. They didn’t against Minnesota either. Neither of those teams are the #2 run defense in the country…but Boise State is.

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The Rams retained the services of outstanding WR Rashard Higgins, and while his production isn’t quite as good as where he left off last season, that can be attributed to the inexperience at quarterback. Nick Stevens is playing consistently, but just not quite to the standard that Garrett Grayson set last season.

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The noise coming out of Ft. Collins is that the defensive woes in the run game have been due to missed assignments and not seeing formations like the ones the players have come up against before. Yeah. Hope they got some quality time in the film room, or else this weekend’s game could be very, very ugly.

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The Broncos do not have the weird stats problem. The rush game is all over the place, but the pass game is definitely much improved. Rypien has done some good work over the last few weeks, and I would expect that to continue this weekend. CSU’s pass defense isn’t bad, but there’s a lot to be said for the power of a positive trend and Boise State has a statistically correlated one.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.39.49 PMDefensively, Boise State has been pretty spectacular. 2 fewer big plays vs. BYU and this defense would’ve earned the “dominant” moniker games ago and the national media noise would be deafening. Boise’s DL is ridiculous. Look at that run yardage. If CSU breaks 100 yards on the ground, it will be truly stunning. CSU will find what success they can through the air…at least until Donte Deayon and new daddy Darian Thompson and the rest of the Bronco defense gets rolling in their intercepting ways. Oh, didn’t you know? Coach Yates’ DBU is leading the country in interceptions right now with 11. Hawaii doesn’t exactly have a big time WR like Higgins, so expect BSU to be defending a better air attack than we saw last week.

CSU is one of those teams that is either going to keep sinking and fight to get in a bowl game, or flip the switch at any point in the next few games and start blowing people away. Boise State might be too dominant for the Rams to actually be victorious against, but CSU doesn’t really go down without a fight. Especially against Boise State. Their fans are saltier than usual and kind of freaking out in that “Kellen Moore Induced PTSD” way that it seems we’re going to see out of MWC opponents this season with Ryp under center.


A little twisted up, that’s all.

CSU is in a good spot. They’ll have a gorgeous new stadium soon, they’ve got a head coach that seems to be a genuinely good person and is taking responsibility for the issues that are going on in that program’s performance right now. His life isn’t going to get any easier for a week or so, though. Boise State is too much. Too much balance, too much power, too much defense to allow a team that needs to find an identity to get it done on their watch. Online, Boise State fans will feign outrage that there isn’t a shut-out and CSU fans will take it WAY too seriously and keep the hate a-flowin’.


Sorry, Ram Boy. No win this time either. But your tears are delicious nourishment!