Attack the Opponent: Utah State Aggies

Earlier this year, I questioned Utah State’s depth and Coach Wells’ ability to recruit quarterbacks, especially four deep. I was incorrect. After Mr. Keaton went down with a broken leg, and then two more qb’s got injured, who could have known that Kent Meyers would step in and play exceedingly well and lead the Aggies to five straight wins?

Utah State is worrisome, on paper. They are holding teams under 18.5 ppg, top in the MWC vs. the run, with a top 25 in the country pass defense. They have only been under 400 total yards of offense once since Meyers took the helm. The Aggies do have a fairly balanced attack, if a little run heavy. They don’t turn the ball over much. They don’t get many penalties. Losing Chuckie Keaton, and then two more backups on top of it, was thought to be the death blow for this team and they just didn’t stop fighting. Are the Aggies as dangerous as they sound?

Probably not. The toughest team they’ve faced is Colorado State, and they lost that one.

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Colorado State fans are getting a little twitchy, waiting for Boise State to lose. It could be a while, guys.

This is a strong statement: Boise State could’ve beaten most teams in the country on Saturday night. I also believe it’s a correct statement. The Broncos scored in all phases of the game and looked beautiful. They ran STATUE! They made SportsCenter. The backups got to play, for goodness sakes. (Can I just say, Ryan Finley. He could’ve became a head-case, instead he stepped up and made a big play and redeemed himself. That lack of quit is a positive trait that all Broncos should share. Loved it.)

It was less about the opponent for the Broncos, but about executing. About starting fast and not letting up. About not being afraid to make a play and trusting the guys next to you. Really, that’s what lacked last season. The 2014 Broncos aren’t scared to go in for the kill and play the hero. Who doesn’t want to see that?! Are you not entertained, Bronco Nation?! We’re in dreamland, with only a bunch of Aggies between Boise State and their goal of a conference championship. An underdog team from Utah who are just wanting chaos because their own dreams died weeks ago won’t be enough.

Boise State has to stay focused. The J-Train is capable of running over lesser defenses, and McNichols is just such a good compliment. Utah State thinks they have The Answer for Shane Williams-Rhodes, but that would be a first for anybody. Wouldn’t it be epic to see Sanford call Statue again just to remind the Aggies of their place on the low side of the scoreboard and then run the ball up their gut for a few quarters?

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I guess getting trucked by Ajayi and then sacked by Correa counts as punishment.

Anything is possible. I suppose the Broncos could get cocky and start slowly again and Utah State could play outta their mind and then the weather could go to crap and Bronco Nation could abandon ship to warmer digs and Boise State could be in real trouble. But this team? The team that played so well on Saturday night that fans on twitter were reduced to hysterical giggling. This Boise State, that has so much confidence in themselves and the team, won’t be outclassed at home on Senior Night.

The game at Albertson’s Stadium next Saturday night is arguably the most important game since the Michigan State game in 2012. We’re lucky – while many thought at the start of the season that Boise State v. USU could have championship implications, we never dreamed it would be because the top 3 teams at the top of the Mountain division are legitimately good football teams. It’s turning CSU fans into Wyoming and Utah State fans, it’s turning Boise State fans into Fresno fans…its mass anarchy and isn’t that what college football is all about? Showing up on Saturday isn’t for you and it isn’t for the coaches. It’s for those young men who showed up for every practice and every meeting and every session in the weight room or climbing Table Rock for 4 or 5 years. For watching Pleasantville: Bronco Edition fall apart before their eyes in a golden spray from a balcony in Hawaii, and then for picking up the pieces and embracing Harsin and the new ideas and running with them. Those guys deserve a few hours of your time. A raucous, crazy Bronco Albertson’s Stadium is the least we can do, after a weekend of celebration and family and all that comes with it, to support and thank those guys who have given us so many great reasons to smile and be happy over the last few seasons.

The opponent doesn’t matter this week either. All that matters is that there is one, their name is Utah State, and they are in the way of the first outright Mountain West championship for Boise State, ever. Just win, baby. Good things will happen. Go Broncos!tumblr_inline_n9n6fo8PIk1qgt12i

This Week at the Diggity’s – Week 13 (Why oh WYO?)

Today was a tough day for me.  It’s the first Saturday of the season that I haven’t been able to completely veg out and just watch football. The reason…JOB TRAINING.  I’m thankful for a late game at this point.  Take a look at the uniform combo and enjoy your evening.

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It seems to me that Vern Lundquist and Gary Danielson, and maybe all of CBS, is rooting for Alabama over Mississippi State….If you don’t pay attention, the Crock Pot Hook Up System sounds like a dating site for people who use slow cookers….I get frustrated with the Broncos sometimes too but I never give up on them. It seems like every time the Boys get down, Twitter gets dumb as hell....After a tough first half, the Broncos are down 20-10. Man the stadium emptied out quickly too….Another amazing second half performance out scoring SDSU 28-9 on the way to a 38-29 victory. A Cleshawn Page interception and a conversion of a fake punt were the big plays. We snapped the Aztec curse….It’s crazy how people will believe some stupid stuff on the internet but won’t use that same Internet to prove or disprove  that stupid stuff….This week is a bit different  with the weekly bowl predictions. It seems Both Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach have the Broncos in the Fiesta Bowl against UCLA. That would be a tough game against one of the best quarterbacks in the country….I am not quite sure why I did it but I deleted my list of football games that I watched last week. Dumb Noel! Dumb….Hey VH1! There is no real reason that you need to air a reality show about Gerardo.  There is nothing “Rico Suave” about bringing him back….When Oklahoma City and Denver play, it affords me the opportunity to laugh like a 12-year old. That’s because the bottom line reads “Thunder-Nuggets”. If that’s not funny, I don’t know what to say to you….We were watching the “Today Show” and Al Roker was doing a Thanksgiving recipe that he grew up with. It was called Sweet Potato Poon.  As you can probably guess, “Poon” jokes were abundant. I thought they were doing a late night show, not one in the early morning…..I swear, even before cannabis legalization, there were too many references to 420 in this state. I should open a food truck that serves Funyuns and Abba Zabbas down by campus though….On paper and record-wise, Boise State is a better team. But, they don’t start well and that is an issue, especially on the road. I do give the edge to the Broncos in this one though. I think that, despite the wind, Grant will be able to get short to mid-range routes consistently and Jay may have his best all-around game as the ground game will have to be featured later in the evening.  The defense will keep the Cowboys under 300 yards.  You heard it here!  Boise State 38, Wyoming 13.

The song of the week is self-explanatory.  Never forget!

 

Have an amazing week.  We’ll see you next week…at the Diggity’s.

This Week at the Diggity’s – Week 12 (Never Stop Believin’)

It’s hard to believe that a team from so far away could become our newest rival but San Diego State has accomplished that feat. I suppose that will happen when you lose two games consecutively. It’s a Black Out tonight.  I’m not sure the thermometer had to play along.  Stay warm, my friends.

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“That Presbyterian College gave us a really good challenge!” – No team ever. C’mon Ole Miss. Why would you even schedule them? You can get more worth from an intrasquad scrimmage….Hey! Eastern Washington! Would you mind turning the color of your field down. Holy Hannah it’s bright!…I hope Boise State never had to  “rebuild” like Idaho does. I’d still be a fan but to be optimistic about a under-2 year record of 2-18 would be a tough pill to swallow.I’m in shock right now. Still the first quarter and the Broncos are stinking up the joint….Crazy halftime score. The Broncos have over 400 yards of offense and 35 points and is still down by 7. Hopefully, the defense removes their heads from their posterior….OMG. The Broncos step up the defense and out scored New Mexico 25-7 in the second half to win. The final score: 60-49. And they followed my plan!

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These are the college football games that I forced Mrs. Diggity to sit through (save one): Wake Forest/Clemson, Fordham/Bucknell, Memphis/Temple, Utah State/Wyoming, Georgia/Kentucky, Presbyterian College/Ole Miss, Oklahoma/Baylor, Notre Dame/Arizona State, Texas A&M/Auburn, Mississippi State/Tennessee-Martin, Michigan/Northwestern, Eastern Washington/Montana, SDSU/Idaho, Boise State/New Mexico, Alabama/LSU, Oregon/Utah, Washington/UCLA….ESPN anchors – please stop TRYING to be cool. If it’s organic, by all means, do it. But most of the time, you’re making a fool of yourselves. Don’t say “swag” or “turnt up” or even “fo’ swizzle”. Please….Congratulations to Grant Hedrick and Dan Goodale. The both won Mountain West Player of the week. Grant for offense and Dan for special teams. Way to represent….Also, Grant wins the Capital One Impact Player of the Week. That’s a fan-voted award from ESPN. And those fans are absolutely correct. If the Broncos don’t get that performance, they don’t win….

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LeBron won’t let his sons play football. I just don’t get it. If it’s something they enjoy, let them enjoy it. That goes for anything. Within reason of course…I was going through the onscreen cable guide and noticed “Doc McStuffins”. I know that it’s on The Disney Channel but doesn’t that sound like the name of a character in a porn movie?…I agreed with Stephan A. Smith AND Skip Bayless when they were disappointed with Derrick Rose saying he thinks about after he’s done playing basketball when he sits out of a game. I think it’s the wrong mindset for any athlete to have much less someone that’s getting paid millions….I’m sure 1 or 2 people might sing “Mony, Mony” with you if you roll around blasting it but I’m thinking you get more “WTF” looks than anything….This week’s Bowl Projections have Boise State in a couple of places. Mark Schlabach predicts the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl against Stanford while Brett McMurphy says Arizona State in the Fiesta Bowl. Those would both be top-tier opponents but I lean towards the Fiesta Bowl….Hey! Who cares about Kim Kardashian’s posterior?…I was watching a local commercial and it had words scrolling at the bottom to the left. It totally tripped me out….Little Caesar’s box says to try their “Award Winning” deep dish pizza. The award it won? “Best Deep Dish” at Motor City Fest 2013. C’mon now. That’s like winning something at the Elmore County Fair. You can’t brag about that award….Despite having two good backs and a great receiver, the quarterback play is what kills the Fightin’ Rockys.  And, since Boise State’s quarterback play has been pretty ok recently, that’s where the difference lies. Grant may not have a monster game like last week but he’ll do well enough to destroy SDSU’s defense which leaves them vulnerable to getting stuck in the way of the Jay Train.  I’m going to say, Boise State 51, SDSU 24. The Blue Turf Monster bites back!

The song of the week is for the people who didn’t turn off the New Mexico game at halftime. I give to you:

Again, stay warm, be loud, and have fun tonight Bronco Nation. Your team needs you to disrupt the Aztecs rhythm, damage the Aztecs confidence, and encourage our team til you can’t talk anymore.  Take care!

This Week at the Diggity’s – Week 11 (Less is More, Right?)

I don’t dislike much about college football but I have to deal with a couple of things in a row: bye weeks and the triple option.  The bye week thing is obvious but that’s just me being selfish and wanting more football.  The triple option, on the other hand, is another story.  To me, it’s like using a typewriter. Antiquated technology that has no use in the world.  Now that I’ve vented, on to the column.  It’s short because I’m an idiot. Enjoy!

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I got my iPhone 6+. It’s huge. My 5s fits in the screen. In other news, I deleted all my notes for the start of this column when I changed phones. Idiocy is a talent….

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Since I’m in Oregon, and I haven’t been here long enough to establish residency, I wasn’t able to vote. I vote in almost every election that I’m eligible to so I’m kind of ticked….This week’s bowl predictions are out. Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy both have the Broncos in the Fiesta Bowl against Arizona State. That’s a good one. Let’s do that!…I went to the AT&T Store to sell back my iPhone 5s and was waiting forever. Obviously, it was busy but what caught my attention was that the store didn’t offer a Wi-Fi connection. That’s irritating. You sell phones that use data so you don’t offer a convenience? Wow….On a positive note, for the first time in 23 days, there’s no type of precipitation happening here in Eugene. So we’ve got that going for us…”I want a pizza with Fritos on it!” said no one in the history of mankind. Papa John, when is the last time you came up with a good idea? Fire your test kitchen, please!…And one day later, it’s raining again. So 5 out of six days. Pretty good percentage. But Mrs. Diggity says it’s ok because we’re an hour from the ocean….The wifey and I were watching “Ink Masters” and they had a strange challenge. They had to paint with pigs’ blood and show gradient. I would just fail that challenge…..

I asked Mrs. Diggity to pick the song of the week. She is a big fan of AC/DC so you know we had to give a shout out to the drummer. Although the charges were dropped, this seems appropriate:

Next week will be better.  I’ll get the whole column in there.  Until then, keep being classy Bronco Nation. I don’t expect anything less.

This Week at the Diggity’s – Week 10 (The Other White Meat…err Bye Week)

Oh great!  The Broncos are on another bye week.  I understand the need to get healthy so bye weeks are important. But, don’t they understand everyone’s need for some quality Harsin time? I’m kidding of course.  The defensive backfield needs some rest.  Enjoy the column, Bronco Nation!

I’m enjoying the offense and defense so far in this game.  Well, besides the long touchdown on one play.  But the play-calling is amazing and Grant is playing ultra-efficiently…I like the Mountain West Conference Championship game “Cartoon commercial”. I am not a fan of the Rap commercial.  You have hits and misses, I suppose….Halftime score is 41-16.  A 40-spot by halftime?  That’s WAC-style Boise State.  And Grant is killing it tonight with some big help from the receivers.  This gives me tons of hope for the future of this season and the next few….The Broncos only scored two touchdowns in the 2nd half. The best news is so did BYU.  The final score – 55 to 30….You know what makes me happy? #COUGARTEARS, Dominant defense, Jay Train for over a hundy,  and Hedricks’ awesome performance….Here are the games that I caught some of this week:  Arkansas St./UL-Lafayette, Cincinnati/USF, Boise State/BYU, Oregon/Cal, Texas/Kansas State, Arkansas/Alabama-Birmingham, Nebraska/Rutgers, Navy/San Jose State, Florida Atlantic/Marshall, Michigan/Michigan State, Mississippi State/Kentucky, UCLA/Colorado, Ole Miss/LSU, Alabama/Tennessee, USC/Utah, Washington/Arizona State, Ohio State/Penn State. Friday games make it tough to stay totally engaged in weekend football….Having the two brothers from Duck Dynasty pick on College Gameday is ridiculous. I trust Katy Perry’s college football knowledge more….Arkansas just had an offensive lineman throw a touchdown on a fake field goal. It worked. And it was as awkward as it sounds….The referee for the Ohio St./Penn St. game is as inept as both teams have been. I guess you get nervous in front of crowd…I was impressed with pretty much the whole episode of “Saturday Night Live” this week. Jim Carrey was his crazy self. I wasn’t into Iggy Azalea though. Not real hip hop in my eyes….This week in fantasy football, I left Jeremy Maclin and Ben Roethlisberger on the bench. Lucky for me, I will still win. I just hate when players go off and I don’t capitalize….Creepy, not-so-attractive, and super-awkward are all things that I imagine some DirecTV customers in the south are. Thanks Rob Lowe (I did work for DirecTV at one time, BTW)….I was watching SportsCenter Monday morning and all they were talking about was The NFL. You never would have guessed a World Series game was on. I get that you and the Shield have a big money deal, ESPN, but it’s time for the Fall Classic….Congratulations to Kamalei Correa for winning the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week….

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Tony Romo suffered a back injury in the Monday Night game. It was so bad that Brandon Weeden was in the game to replace him.  Ginger quarterback and head coach? You’re playing with the devil right there….If the lead singer for Garbage is only “Happy When It Rains”, she should move to Eugene. I’m sure you’d be jubilant here, Shirley Manson….Sign at Royals/Giants game 6: Hunter Pence and Creepy Rob Lowe are BFFs….This is tough for me to do as a Padres fan but congrats to the San Francisco Giants on their 3rd World Series title in 5 years….The Science Channel has a thing coming up called “Space Week”. I’m sorry but I can’t watch any other week but “Shark Week”….Mrs. Diggity says our Halloween costume is a out-of-shape middle-aged couple. We don’t even need to dress up. Take a look:

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This week’s song – I’m just going to throw in something I enjoy. I’m a hip hop guy from way back in the day so I’ll go with that.

 

We get some football next week.  Until then, have a great one and enjoy the Bronco fall!