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.

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

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On December 6th, 2013 the University of Washington announced that the Chris Petersen era had begun on Montlake. 

Exactly one year later on December 6th, 2014 Bryan Harsin’s  Broncos will be playing for the Mountain West Conference Championship, and the chance for a spot in a New Years 6 Bowl.

Who could have imagined that one year ago?

Most of us were following the events on December 5th with cautious optimism.  Pete had turned down many jobs before this, so why Washington, and why now?  Twitter was being updated furiously with news of private planes from Seattle on their way to Boise, reporters stalking the Jackson Jet Center, and everyone from bloggers like me to national sports writers looking for a source and a scoop.

Throughout that evening, one person in particular seemed to have the most knowledge, and was tweeting the most updates.  Travis Hawkes,  owner of the Blue and Orange Store, kept us updated:

Later that night we would learn that we were indeed at Defcon 1.  A jet was on its way to Boise, and they were coming to take our coach.  But it was a tweet by Travis just a little while after his Defcon status – which was surely meant to reassure – that ended up meaning more than we could have ever imagined one year later:

At the time most of us probably repeated these words nervously.  We WILL make it through this.  Coach Pete is just “listening” like he always has, but he will turn it down and things will be fine.

The truth is Pete was listening.

But he accepted.

And we are better off.

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Photo Courtesy USA Today

Bryan Harsin was announced as Chris Petersen’s successor on December 11th 2013, and one year after we were all worried about the demise of Bronco football, Travis was right.  We did make it through this.  Here we are playing for  our first ever outright Mountain West Conference Championship, and IF we win, a spot in a major bowl game.

Nobody could have ever imagined we would be in this spot one year after the nerve-wracking night of December 5th, 2013.  Except maybe Travis Hawkes.

We made it through it – now lets finish.

 

 

 

 

BTN Predictions: Week 11 vs. New Mexico

Derek

Every dog has its day. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.  Derek gets a prediction right (close?).

I have predicted blow-outs in pretty much every game this year, and FINALLY I was right.  I predicted a 42-23  blowout victory for the Broncos over the Cougars in our last game, and I was correct about the blow-out, and only off by a TD or so on both sides of the score.  So

So do I keep on keepin’ on and continue with my ways?

Nope.

Although the match-up against the Lobos of New Mexico may be screaming blow-out again, until Boise State can put together a dominating performance on the road I am going to have to go with a close game.  I have a feeling both teams are going to ground and pound (well, I know UNM will – that is all they know how to do), which will lead to a lower scoring, close game.  I am going to say that Boise scores first and that the game is never really in doubt, but due to the style of play we are going to see, the final score will look closer than the game really was.  I am going Boise State 31 UNM 17. Of course if it is another blow-out I will be extremely happy!

Noel

I’m going to have to go with Derek on this one for two reasons: Like him, Bronco Nation hasn’t put together a complete road game all season and, secondly, it doesn’t matter if the team is home or away but triple option teams are hard to get off of the field.  I know, there was a bye week to prepare but unless the team has players that run it as efficiently as New Mexico, the preparation comes up short.  That being said, the Lobos’ defense is pitiful.   Jay Ajayi will have a big game, Grant Hedrick will manage and not throw picks, and Sperbeck/Roh will have a touch down apiece.  My prediction: Boise State 45, New Mexico 21.

Tami

Today, I am feeling optimistic. Sure, there are valid points up there from my compatriots about option football meaning the game is going to be closer than we think…elaine yada yada

The fact remains that the Boys in Blue need to EAT after that last bye week, the coaches will have the guys as prepped as possible to face that offense, and 2012 was the only time in the history of the match-up that the Lobos put more than 20 points on a scoreboard vs. Boise State. I think the guys come out fired up and New Mexico are the ones going to get torched. Boise State wins 55-10.

Gage 

Does there really have to be bye weeks or even worse, dreaded off-seasons.. I like Boise State. I like football. I like Boise State Football. Since I like those things, I’m entitled to want them infinitely, correct? Therefore I feel as though I deserve Boise State Football every week … forrrrrrever.

The Broncos opponent this week is an under polished New Mexico team that can pack a surprise punch if not careful. The Lobos can run the ball, and do so effectively. They rank 5th in the nation at rushing yards per game (304 YPG). Rather impressive for a team that is ultimately one-dimensional. 74 passing yards per game!!! PER GAME.

With that being said, the only way I see the Broncos allowing the Lobos to stay in this game for 4 quarters and potentially win it; would be another turnover catastrophe similar to the Broncos other two losses.

Thankfully, I do not foresee that, I believe Grant Hedrick has found a groove and will continue to operate with the precision and decision-making he has in the past 4 games (knocks on wood ……. still knocking). The Broncos defense will load the box and stop the run as they have extremely well thus far. If all goes to plan, this will be over early 3rd quarter, but does anything ever go to plan? Broncos 48 Lobos 17

 

Heath

Late to the party so I won’t even try to examine the game. I will just say Boise State 49 New Mexico 24.

BTN Predictions: Week 8 vs. Cal State – Fresno

Derek

We are half way through the season and we have certainly seen some ups and downs from this team.  It certainly makes it tough for us to predict.  Last time I did not really predict how the game would go – just that emotion alone would win.  I was right. It was a tough game, going back and forth with lots of scoring, but ultimately emotion won out, and you could tell by the post-game celebration.

Emotion will play a part in this weeks match-up against Fresno State as well. I am sure that losing by one point left a bad taste in the mouths of the players, on top of the fact that Fresno seems to think it is a new era in the rivalry.  Unlike last weeks game however, we are at home on the Blue, and do not have to deal with the opposing team’s emotion of protecting their home field.  I also feel like this is the week that the Broncos finally put together a complete game.  Fresno has had an ugly season up to this point. On Friday night, it will get uglier.  Boise State 56 Fresno 12

Tami

Boise State appears to be on the verge of their first truly complete game of the season. Like, any minute now. (I’ve been calling for this since UConn, so ¯_(ツ)_/¯.) I think the boys in blue will be sufficiently hyped after last season, and in an emotionally and physically good state coming off a bye. The game is in the friendly confines of Bronco Stadium, and Fresno is not a good football team. The Bulldogs are coming off a rather sad loss to UNLV in OT and I’m guessing the crowd and the lights and Boise State’s level of execution will mess with them. Boise’s stout defense should bother QB Brian Burrell into coughing up some turnovers. They also must contain Fresno’s RB Marteze Waller and dangerous WR Josh Harper, but Fresno isn’t exactly Ole Miss and it’s hard to be really concerned. The Broncos offense has been more consistent in the red zone since Air Force, and shouldn’t have an issue putting points on the board against the Dog’s porous D. Of course, it’s just as possible that Fresno plays outta their mind, but even then I think the crowd will help swing momentum Boise’s way when they really need it. BSU wins by a bunch. Broncos 48 – Fresno 10.

Heath

Being at home gives me all the confidence in the world. There is just something special about Boise State when they play Fresno in Boise. And because of that, I don’t see any scenario where Boise State loses their first time ever to Fresno on “The Blue”. Jay Ajayi is positioned to have another massive game, and the Fresno State offense is going to serve up big chances for our defense to make plays. That being said, I am leaning towards a convincing win in the range of 42-20 Boise State.

Noel

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been horrible at this (in case you haven’t noticed. So, I asked the Mrs. for her opinion this week.  We both agree that the Broncos will win this game. I am worried about WR Josh Harper but that’s really all.  Their run game won’t be able to muster anything.  If the Boise State offense gets going, will the Bulldogs be able to stop it with any regularity? FRES-NOPE.  Grant has a decent game and hits 2 deep balls.  SWR will score once.  And Jay gets at least 2 scores.  I say the final will be 42-24.  In case you’re wondering, Mrs. H said 42-31.

Gage

Fresno, Fresno, Fresno… I love you so. Some of the most prolific — high-scoring — nail-biting — gut-wrenching  games have taken place between these two teams. One being last year. Which unfortunately reminds me Fresno squeaked out a 41-40 victory. I happen to break my phone that night… coincidence….?

This year should be a different story. Derek Carr gone – Fresno’s potency gone with. Their defense is dismal at best … giving up 50+ points in four of their seven games so far. YIKES. Somewhat like the Broncos … Fresno’s offense is struggling to achieve consistency. Already mentioned by everyone above, Fresno has one serious threat — Josh Harper. If Cleshawn Page and the rest of the Broncos secondary are able to contain him, the Milk Can shall belong to the Broncos once again. Boise State 49 Fresno 17