Attack The Opponent: University of Nevada – Reno Wolf Pack

Everybody okay after what happened last weekend at Air Force? I’m not sure I’ve ever been that wrong on a game prediction in my life. However, it’s time to act like we want our team to act, so now that the hangover is gone and Monday has arrived, it’s time to get back to work. Who better to take out our frustrations on than Reno?

Boise State and UNR have a long history together. The series started in 1971 with a Boise State win, but didn’t really become a year-in, year-out “rivalry” until 1979. As a whole, Boise is up in the series 26-13. It’s been all Boise State since 2001, with one exception in 2010. For some reason, I can’t at all remember what happened in that game. Hmm.

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No, Calculon. None of us remember what happened in Reno 4 years ago. At all. Ever.

Last season, the Wolfies were kind of terrible. Their D was suspect and their offense, while prolific against most opponents, just couldn’t get going. So what is this years incarnation of the Pack like? Apparently made of magic. Because despite the fact that opponents are out gaining them in passing yards, first downs, and total yardage, Reno is still winning. Their only loss thus far was a squeaker to Arizona two weeks ago. The Wolf Pack coaches are attributing it to their defense “wanting it” more but that’s the answer of a group that has done no data analysis. I think that their run defense is spectacular. That is the only part of the defensive game where the Wolfie’s are out performing their opponent. Prior to Saturday, I would have thought that Boise State would just focus on the pass game to try to open up the ground for Ajayi, but now I’m not so sure. Nevada does only have 4 picks so far this season, so if Boise can avoid turning the ball over a billion times again…

A lot more has to do with where Boise ends up. Seeing Matt Miller step back onto the sideline in street clothes and a walking boot last week was nauseating. That one man is a third of Boise State’s offense. Boise State’s offensive line got their butts kicked by an AFA D-line that just was not physically big enough to be doing such things. Coach Huff, maybe we can stop riding the lightning and maybe attempt to Seek and Destroy? It also doesn’t help that Boise’s defensive backfield has been pretty much decimated by injury. So how healthy can the guys get in the next week? We know that our coaches will watch tape and make adjustments, but just how effective are adjustments going to be when we’re playing third stringers at LB against the guy who is arguably the most dangerous QB in our conference?

So instead of focusing on the unknown, we’ve got a week to fill with the most justified hate to hate on since the last time Idaho was on the schedule – Reno Hate.

Um, good job avoiding syphilis, alcohol poisoning, and mining accidents guys!

This is the week we need to hold a grudge. Our best bet is a supremely pissed off Bronco squad, trying to get a fresh start vs. a team that is obnoxious in every way. First, they’re from freaking Nevada, which is the armpit of the west. Unless you like thousands of miles of sagebrush broken up by dirty casinos, then it’s cool I guess. Reno is basically trashy Boise, like the awful neighbors that leave their Christmas lights up and functioning year round and use their front yard as a junkyard/urinal. Their head coach, Brian Polian, seems to have an issue with how Boise State’s new staff recruited last year, and was quite vocal about it.

“And, frankly, they’re going to look at me and say, ‘Who cares what he says? They’ve beaten us once in 10 years. And that’s fact.'” – Brian Polian, UNR HC

Pretty much, Brian. Pretty much.

So, what this all comes down to is I have no idea what is going to transpire in Reno this weekend, but I do know that Nevada is obnoxious, probably better talent-wise than Boise St. fans are giving them credit for, and has a lot to prove. They probably think the Broncos are in a perfect position to lose this weekend. I’ve got more faith in our players and coaches than that though, and would love nothing more than to see the boys in ANYTHING BUT ORANGE HELMETS go down to their silly little campus and whip the Wolf pack just to shut them up for one more year and get the Bronco’s winning ways back on track.

This Week at the Diggity’s – Week 5 (Respect Their Service, Expect Our Win!)

Another week, another fun-filled version of TWatD’s. It’s full of angry happiness, personal insight, and just a bit of #HamPlanet amazingness. Besides learning the fact that our cat, Mojo, doesn’t like hash browns (I dropped some on the ground.), it’s been a great week here in Bronco Nation West.  We hope you had a great week too!

Credit - Boise State

Credit – Boise State

I was watching the Indiana/Missouri game and they brought up the total yardage stats. Both teams were at 387 yards. The commentator says “You can’t get any more equal than that”. Do you think so, genius?…Holy Moses! Wisconsin had 644 yards rushing against Bowling Green. That’s the most in the B1G since 1930. Did BGSU even have a defense on the field at all?…I love Boise State’s defense tonight. The offense is doing okay. Coach Harsin will have them doing up-downs and running sprints all Monday for being so sloppy. After the game, Hars looked shark-angry!I listened to the post-game presser and totally expected angry Coach. I’m sure the team gets Angry Coach Monday….Here’s my Saturday rundown for this week – Virginia Tech/Georgia Tech, Georgia/Troy, Texas A&M/SMU, Utah/Michigan, Alabama/Florida, BYU/Virginia, Indiana/Missouri, Miss St/LSU, Washington/Georgia St, Clemson/FSU, Vanderbilt/South Carolina, Nebraska/Miami, Boise State/Louisiana-Lafayette, & Oregon/Washington St. Not as much as last week but only because I was gone for 3 hours….I just saw a Southwest Airlines commercial where they claimed to “invent” low fares. If that’s the case, then you also “invented” crappy service and even worse boarding procedures. Good on you, Southwest….I hope no one gets offended but couples with combined Facebook profiles make me throw up in my mouth a little. Is there a trust issue there? Can you not do things on your own? Give me some insight here!…Congrats to Jay Ajayi for winning Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. He’s touched the ball enough to win it every week for the rest of the season….

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Really Stephen Tulloch? You tore your ACL celebrating a sack in the 3rd week of the season? You didn’t win the Super Bowl. It was a game in September….And then there’s the story about the 3-breasted woman. Jasmine Tridevil wants to be famous but got boob numero 3 so men wouldn’t be attracted to her anymore. Although that does make you really weird, guys won’t be attracted to you because you’re dumb…

This was only cool in the original "Total Recall". Right, Arnold?

This was only cool in the original “Total Recall”. Right, Arnold?

Arby’s is going the way of Carl’s Jr. to sell sandwiches. Please stop asking if “the meat scares me”, okay?….I’m not a big fan of horror movies. And “Annabelle” looks horrible. But the commercials scare the crap out of me. I’m a scaredy cat, I’ll admit it. That’s why it took almost until the third season was over to even watch “The Walking Dead”….What exactly is a top-shelf enchilada, Chili’s? You can’t steal alcohol’s thunder….We watched the series premiere of “Gotham” and I think I’m already hooked. I didn’t want it to end and now I’m stoked for the next episode. It was crazy good….We just passed the 20th Anniversary of me getting out of the U.S. Army. I’m flabbergasted about how fast two decades go by. Also, I’m ultra-appreciative of what current service members are doing now. I didn’t have to deal with any of the things that they have to….I drove past the county health department and the electronic reader board said, “Breast milk is….the best milk”. I don’t know why it made me laugh so much. Probably because there was no context preceding it….Oh silly CW. Trying to cash in on the superhero thing with “The Flash”. When are you going to do an Aquaman series? The Flash is about the least interesting superhero on the planet.  Great. You can run fast. So can Usain Bolt.

 

I know we’re playing Air Force and “Top Gun” is about Navy aviators but….

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Maverick: Mustang, this is Maverick, requesting fly-by.

Air Boss Johnson: Negative, Ghost Rider. The Pattern is full.

Enjoy your week.  Stay happy!

This Week at the Diggity’s – Week 4 (I’ll Be Ragin’ At Some Cajuns!)

Happy Gameday, Bronco Fans.  I’m excited to see the team back on The Blue tonight. Hopefully, they’ll let us breathe a bit easier this week. Those pesky Huskies about gave me a heart attack with the way they stayed in the game. If I had a post game song of the week would be “Slip Sliding Away”.  That field was awful.  But, on to this week. We’re always #AttackingTheFuture here at the Diggity’s.

I’m just wondering out loud here but why is cranberry and apple juice called Cran-Apple? I think it would be way more funny if it was called Crapple Juice. Or do you think the makers of Snapple would sue for it being too closely named?….What is the difference between Domestic Abuse and getting indicted for harming your child? I see none. If convicted, Adrian Peterson should miss 6 games under the new policy. And that’s on top of what’s going on right now….I’m up and ready for this UConn game and I’m going through Facebook just to see what’s going on. I see an Alberston’s ad that says “If you wear your Ducks jersey in the store, get 10% off your purchase.” Of course you know I’m not a Duck fan, so am I being discriminated against?….AlberstonsDucks

Update on the Alberston’s/Oregon situation. There really isn’t an update actually.  I emailed them on Saturday for clarification and they haven’t gotten back to me. Since I’m in customer service, this lack of said “customer service” is terrifically frustrating….This game has gotten scary close. The Broncos have to out score UConn 21-0 in the 4th to get to my score prediction….Close win today. The defense stepped up with a  couple of scores. The Broncos need an “all 3 phases” game to beat better teams.  We haven’t seen that yet….I’m a bit annoyed at some of our fan base. It’s crazy how some of them think. So, the Broncos didn’t blow out UConn. But, when they’re up and you’re “dooming and glooming”, that’s ludicrous. Just my opinion….Also, just because I don’t get paid to write about football, have a sense of humor in this column, and /or don’t profess my expertise on football, that doesn’t mean I don’t know football. Remember, without a computer, some “experts” would need remedial training on the sport….I don’t usually want to see Ben Affleck movies but I’m intrigued by “Gone Girl”. We may have to check that out….Games I saw at least a bit of: Boise State/UConn (all), Iowa/Iowa St., Louisiana-Lafayette/Ole Miss, Arkansas/Texas Tech, Oregon/Wyoming, Michigan/Miami of Ohio, Va Tech/ECU, Georgia/South Carolina, Utah State/Wake Forest, Kentucky/Florida, Tennessee/Oklahoma, USC/BC, Texas A&M/Rice, Nebraska/CSU-Fresno, and Nevada/Arizona. From 9 AM to probably 11 PM-ish. So, you can say it was pretty serious!….Watching Sunday NFL Countdown and Ray Lewis is preaching about being a role model and leading by example. Looks like Ray Rice wasn’t listening very well….I watched Miss America and as all the women were introducing themselves, I was thrown off by West Virginia. Everyone else was being cute and up-to-date with their intros. West Va – “Take me home, country roads. I’ll be your mountain mama!” Seriously? As much as I love John Denver songs, try to stay in the now just a little….And Miss Ohio’s talent was ventriloquism while singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. What?….I’m a Chargers fan and I think it’s awesome that they beat the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. I don’t think Richard Sherman was exposed as a “normal person”. Keenan Allen was the Rookie of the Year for a reason….I was driving on my way to work and noticed someone holding up traffic. Much to my surprise, it was someone with a 2C plate. Thanks, Canyon County, for holding me up way over here in Eugene….I like the new helmets this week.  The chrome face masks are pretty awesome. I’m sure that Rocky Long will complain about some reflections being an unfair advantage….One of the highlights of the week is Donald Trump saying the Wilson family should thank him for driving up the Buffalo Bills’ sale price. You’d have even more money if d-bagging translated into dollars!…

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I know there are tons of issues you need to cover, Commissioner Roger Goodell, but you need to actually show up on time. Your 3 PM press conference started at 3:15 PM. The small things are important in getting the big things going. Just sayin’!…Single people are now a majority in America. That’s 50.2% of people 16 and over. So, since I’m married to Mrs. Diggity, does that make me a minority?…Mrs. Diggity got to see the Middle Child in Salem this week. He has a position volunteering with the TVCC Womens’ soccer team and they were in town. She made the one hour trip to see the Lady Chukars get a win. I am just going to admit that I am jealous because I had to work.  Adult responsibility=BLAH!…Made a Banquet Breakfast Bake for Mrs. Diggity  & I today. Good to see that MRE-like food is moving into the private sector….I had a test to take that was supposed to start at 10:30 AM. I got there at 10:15. Because they were having “technical issues”, my test didn’t get underway until 12. I know I didn’t have anything going on besides college football today but c’mon. I love college football. Don’t waste my time.

I dedicate the song of the week to the Ragin’ Cajuns.  Maybe the team with the Red Hot Chili Pepper as a mascot will “Give It Away” multiple times.

So that’s it for this week. I’m really not a bitter man but this week had some super-annoying content available.  I’ll try to be a bit nicer next week.  Okay, probably not.  Enjoy the game tonight.  GO BRONCOS.

Attack The Opponent: University of Louisiana – Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

The Ragin’ Cajuns have one of the most solid mascots in the NCAA. Unfortunately, their football team isn’t as awesome as Cayenne, the red pepper with the intense stare that serves as ULL’s unofficial mascot.
My anger comes from having these flappy useless bird arms.

AHH-YEE rhymes with intensity!

Why unofficial? Apparently the Ragin’ Cajuns started as yet another southern team named the Bulldogs. That lasted until 1963. Then apparently they still kept the bulldog around as a mascot until the early 80’s when they trotted out….a chicken. Now, it’s not like the Broncos are a super terrifying mascot, but at least we aimed for majestic wild horses instead of poultry.

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The Cajuns are currently 1-2, with their only win coming against the Southern Jaguars which is a wonderful school that I had no idea existed until about 30 seconds ago. The Broncos and the Cajuns did have a common opponent this season in Ole Miss, but that didn’t end kindly for either school. ULL fell to Ole Miss last week 56-15. In week 1, Boise lost to the Rebels as well, 35-13.

There is no big cause to be concerned though. While it appears that Boise’s offense is bad in comparison just from the scores, the Boise offense that will show up this weekend on The Blue is a different animal than the performance put on at the Georgia Dome. Boise’s offense has more dimension now. ULL is going to have to do some serious UConn style work on defense to slow down Boise’s ground game, and seeing as our good friend Dr. Bo Wallace torched their pass D for 4 TD’s…well, as long as the Broncos bring their game, it should be a happy happy joy joy kind of night at Albertsons Stadium.

On the offensive side of the ball, ULL has either a very balanced or very sad attack, depending on your point of view. Their QB is Terrance Broadway, who has passed 516 yards this season and 4 TDs. Grant, on the other hand has 849 passing yards and 5 TD’s. Jay Ajayi has 344 rushing yards, which is only 49 yards shy of the rushing totals of the top two rushin’ Cajuns, Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris. Matt Miller has 90 more yards by himself than the Cajun’s top two receivers, Jamal Robinson and Gabe Fuselier. If the Broncos defense stays as sack/pick happy as they were last weekend, it’s going to be a very long day for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

I wonder if Albertsons bakery is going to provide refreshments?

 cupcake How you doin, Cupcake?

 While Boise and ULL have never played against each other before, they do now share a conference with our Vandal brethren to the north. Sorry, ULL, they really were raised in a barn, but only by their own wishes.

The Ragin’ Cajuns fans seem to be similar to any fan base who is 1-2 – gross overreactions by some, the temperate ones trying to talk everybody down, those who are angry…it’s all typical. They do, however, appear to be a fun-loving bunch with a good sense of humor, so maybe they’ll feel better about their chances in this game if we show them a good time tailgating. Boise State isn’t exactly LSU in the party department, but we understand the nuances of consuming breakfast burritos and Bloody Mary’s at 10 am. Besides, this guy looks like he’s pretty fun at a party.

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ALLL MORNING LOOONG

There are a couple of things Boise should look out for. The first is fatigue. These guys have been back and forth across the country twice in 4 weeks, playing early two weekends in a row. At least the Broncos will finally be on their own time zone, but jet lag is a jerk that is out to ruin your day. If the Broncos don’t prep well, or are tired, this could turn into a trap. ULL does spread the ball around fairly effectively, statistically speaking. A slow start, failure to launch in the fourth quarter, further injuries, all of those things could lead to a game with more interest than we need or hope, with a Funbelt team in mid-September.

So, Saturday at noon, then. CBS SN. Homecoming weekend. The Broncos should get a nice win on one of the few warm weather weekends left of 2014. Hope to continue to see a more balanced attack, some gaudy yardage numbers wouldn’t be amiss either. The Ragin’ Cajuns are their own brand of misery right now, and their coming a long way to a loud, hostile place once the game begins. The Blue should be especially gorgeous this weekend, and while I hold no real animosity, I don’t think that Lafayette is the one that can spoil it.

Just want to say thanks to @keleka24 for covering me last week while I was indisposed. You’re #awesome!

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