#freekellen

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Kellen Moore has played in many big games. He has beat big schools like Oregon, Georgia, Virginia Tech, TCU and so on. He has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and has been featured on Jon Gruden’s ESPN show. The man has even traveled to New York as part of the Heisman Trophy ceremony. So he took his 50-3 record as a collegiate player to the NFL.
Now flash forward to the present and Moore is with his second NFL team and still waiting for his first regular season snap. While in Detroit Moore was stuck as fourth string QB and currently with Dallas he is back up to the atrocious Matt Cassel. As soon as Dallas signed the former BSU superstar Broncos fans wanted to see him as Tony Romo’s back up. He ended up on the Cowboys practice squad and was called up when Romo first hurt his shoulder. Brandon Sweden got the starting gig as Kellen was named backup. Then the Cowboys traded for Matt Cassel moving Kellen back down to the practice squad. Since then the Dallas Cowboys have turned into the NFL’s version of a soap Opera. Weeded was horrible, Cassel was horrible and Romo returned and then left again after yet another injury. So now the Cowboys have decided to do their version “re-dating an ex” and let Cassel start again. There is a reason why things didn’t go well the first time, Matt Cassel just isn’t very good.
So the young man with a NCAA record of 50-3 is forced to sit and watch this train wreck. Players, fans, announcers and I’m sure come coaches are waiting to see what he has. The Cowboys are hanging on to this 1% chance they still have a shot. But the truth is if Cassel was good they would be leading this dumpster fire of a division they are in.
So #freekellen was born. It is being posted by Boise fans, Cowboys fans and fans of football that are tired of seeing what the Cowboys are putting out on the field. Kellen has to get a shot right? Anyone who has seen him play knows he can play and play good. The kid has the talent and has put in the work to be an NFL QB. He has played and beat the PAC12, SEC, and the BIG12. In 4 years he only lost 3 times and 2 of those losses where due to missed field goals. Yes he’s short, no he can’t thrown the ball 80 yards with the flick of his wrist, but that hasn’t seemed to bother Russell Wilson or Drew Brees. Kellen can play and he deserves a shot. If anything just see what this kid has. Stranger things have happened. Would Tom Brady have ever got a chance if Bledsoe had never gotten hurt??

#freekellen

Best Group of 5 Teams – Boise State tops the list

How do people judge the success of a football team?

It’s simple – Wins. And having a winning season is a significant feat, but can that success be repeated? How consistent can a team win? I took a look at some of the most successful group of 5 programs recently, specifically the last 10 years. For those wondering what Group of 5 means, it is simply the 5 conferences not considered “power” conferences (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt). Some of the better G5 programs this season (Temple, Memphis, Toledo) did not make the list, but Houston and Navy did.

Group of 5 teams with the MOST wins: (previous 10 seasons)

10. UCF (81)

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9. Nevada (82)

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8. Tulsa (83)

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7. Georgia Southern (84)

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6. Navy (92)

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5. Houston (93)

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4. Cincinnati (94)

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3. Northern Illinois (94)

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2. Appalachian State (108)

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1. Boise State (121)

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The best part is there will be a great matchup between Group of 5 Giants #1 Boise State and #3 Northern Illinois in San Diego this year, in the Poinsettia bowl! Be sure to watch it!

Go Broncos!

(Stats taken: 12/13/15)

Here’s a complete list ranking G5 teams by most wins:

  1. Boise State (121)
  2. Appalachian State (108)
  3. Northern Illinois (94)
  4. Cinncinnati (94)
  5. Houston (93)
  6. Navy (92)
  7. Georgia Southern (84)
  8. Tulsa (83)
  9. Nevada (82)
  10. UCF (81)
  11. East Carolina (80)
  12. Ohio (80)
  13. Toledo (78)
  14. Central Michigan (77)
  15. Fresno State (77)
  16. Air Force (75)
  17. Bowling Green (74)
  18. Marshall (72)
  19. Louisiana-Lafayette (70)
  20. Southern Miss (70)
  21. Louisiana Tech (70)
  22. San Diego State (69)
  23. Middle Tennessee (68)
  24. Hawaii (68)
  25. Western Michigan (67)
  26. Ball State (67)
  27. Troy (66)
  28. Texas State (65)
  29. Arkansas State (65)
  30. Western Kentucky (64)
  31. Connecticut (63)
  32. UMass (61)
  33. Rice (61)
  34. Utah State (60)
  35. Colorado State (58)
  36. Temple (58)
  37. San Jose State (56)
  38. Memphis (53)
  39. Wyoming (52)
  40. SMU (51)
  41. New Mexico (46)
  42. Akron (44)
  43. Miami(OH) (41)
  44. Tulane (36)
  45. North Texas (35)
  46. UNLV (34)
  47. Eastern Michigan (27)

Losses overshadow season for Boise State

Forget the record.

The question mark coming into this year was could Boise State replace the majority of their offense by losing Ajayi and Hedrick (around 80%, 6920 yards)

They did.

Brett Rypien and Jeremy McNichols combined for 72% of the offense (4220 yards). Keep in mind Rypien didn’t even play in the first two games and McNichols sat out the Utah State game with a concussion.

High points from this year: Boise beat Virginia on the road (only the 2nd true P5 road win) and beat Washington in their season opener on the blue.

With the regular season behind them, Rypien now has experience under his belt and has shown he can pass, a lot. He has also shown his toughness, mental and physical.
Think about this, BSU lost their starting quarterback – this season could have ended in a real bust. If Kellen Moore had gone down, no way could they have had the success they did. The team this year was also ravaged by injuries, yet they led the MWC with their offense and their rushing defense is 15th in the country. Sperbeck is 3rd in the NCAA with 1334 receiving yards and McNichols leads the NCAA with touchdowns (23). With better execution, better pass protection, and more consistent defensive play, Boise State is on the road to greatness.

And sure they have shown flaws this year, and they lost games they should have won. For the fans, players, and coaching staff it’s disappointing but at least they ended the “rebuilding” season with a winning record. I know the Broncos had lots of returning starters but what that doesn’t account for was the lack of returning leadership, especially on offense.

2015 also has turned out to be a weird year of football in general with great teams lacking consistency and losing games they shouldn’t have. Nebraska beat Michigan State who beat Ohio State?

Also keep in mind, we are not UCF or Kansas (0-12). The year before the 2006 undefeated season, they went 9-4. The year before last year’s Fiesta Bowl win they went 8-5. Sperbeck, McNichols, and Rypien will all be returning. New guys will step up. Other G5 teams will be in ashes losing their head coaches to bigger programs (Memphis, Toledo, etc…).

So chins up Bronco fans, it hasn’t been all bad. Besides there’s still a bowl game to watch this year.
But mark my words, next year Boise State will be playing in a New Years bowl.

Go Broncos!

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Photo credit: @nevadahal

BTN Predictions: San Jose State

Predictions-LogoDerek – That bad, rumbling feeling I have in my stomach is either from gorging myself with Turkey or the feeling Boise State football has given me from the past two weeks.  Either way, a little afternoon football on the couch should solve the problem.  Everything about this game should play into the Broncos hands:  San José’s horrible rush defense, a pro-style offense that our D is great at stopping, a short week (and long travel to and from Hawaii) for the Spartans, oh and it’s not on The Blue™ (ouch). I think this will be a bounce-back game for our team, and if they are not motivated after the past two weeks, then they never will be.  Broncos win big.  Boise State 47 San Jose 17

Noel – I missed last week but I’m pretty sure I would have picked the Broncos. This week, I’m also going to pick the Broncos. I think this is an “easier” game for the defense because there isn’t assignment football going on. I think the D makes a stand. Hopefully, Brett will have a stellar game, the McWeapon will go off, and Sperbeck gets a record or two. We’ll go with Boise State 52 San Jose State 20

Tami – Going with my gut here – this is going to be closer than anybody thinks. The Broncos have had this way of playing to their opponent that has been infuriating, and just like defending the triple option poorly, the reason behind it seems to be made of magic and riddles. The Broncos are still a target, and everybody wants their shot. However, Boise State is still going to Boise State and the speed gap alone should be enough to win comfortably. Broncos – 42 Spartans  28

Josh – I had a bad feeling about last week’s game so for the first time I predicted a loss, sadly to come true. Not this week. Boise is more than overdue for their comeback game and I feel good it will be their last regular season game against San José State. They have the #1 pass defense in the NCAA so McNichols will have to carry a big load of the offense. Defense will try to limit big plays against the #3 passing offense in the MW but of course we will still see 1-2 explosive plays – I really hope they fix this in the off-season. Broncos get the win to finish their season and get momentum going into their bowl game. Late scores by Boise skew the score. Let’s pray and hope they aren’t actually going to use the triple option, at least not effectively. Boise State 41 SJSU 17

Jonathan- There is no way Boise loses 3 straight….right? If you would have asked me about this game before the season I would have put Boise 40-50 points over San José. But after seeing what this season had in store for us I’m not so sure. Our boys still have a lot to play for, we may not be headed to the Fiesta Bowl or a championship game but there is still pride. I think the Broncos need to go into this game and find themselves, they need to dig deep and play for pride. There is a reason every one of these guys picked Boise State instead of other schools offers. Whether it was Boise’s winning atmosphere or the blue-collar attitude of the players and community, they need to play for that. There is no doubt that this team is really good, there is loads of talent on both sides of the ball.
I believe the Broncos will figure it out. I think the offense will start clicking this week and carry it into the bowl game and onto next season. San José will put up a good fight as they are looking to head to a bowl game with a win but the Broncos will edge them out. To much McNichols for San Jose to handle. (Still this bad feeling in my gut though)
Boise State 31 San Jose 20