Good morning Bronco fans, hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend. The holidays are in full-effect and that unfortunately means football season is coming to a close. But we still have some more Bronco football to look forward to in the coming weeks. It’s a bye week for the Broncos this week though, but he sure to go support the basketball team on Friday night!
Army @ Air Force
Result: Falcons 42-28
Recap: The Falcons came into this game at 1-7 looking for some positives. Thankfully regardless of overall record, rivalry games are always great motivators, and that proved to be the case for the Falcons on Saturday. Army however got this game started with a TD a few minutes in, leading Falcon fans to think, “Oh boy, here we go again!”. But Anthony LaCoste responded with a 73-yard TD less than a minute later to get morale up. The two teams would trade scores until halftime where it was tied 21-21. But unlike the season-long Falcons trend of bad 2nd halves, the Falcons jumped out to a 35-21 lead in the 4th and cruised to a 42-28 win largely due to Anthony LaCoste’s absurd 263-yard rushing day.
Next up for the Falcons: @New Mexico, November 8th at 9 PM ET at University Stadium. The Falcons take the positives they gained from finally winning a game to Albuquerque where they tangle with the other Mountain Division doormat: New Mexico. This game will be on Friday night for everyone to see. I expect a close scoring-filled contest worth watching. I see Air Force prevailing again in a 38-35 win.
Hawaii @ Utah St.
Result: Aggies 47-10
Recap: I watched this entire game on CBS, and I’m not sure why. Hawaii continues to be a team that displays individual talent (I really like Freshman RB Diocemy Saint Juste), but they continue to be poorly coached. What can I really say? The Aggies dominated from beginning to end. Garretson is growing up fast, and he carved the Rainbow Warriors defense like a turkey. Sure, UH’s LAX debacle that delayed the teams arrival to Logan to 2 A.M. is unfortunate, but UH looked hapless in this game.
Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @Navy, November 9th at 3:30 PM ET at Navy Memorial Stadium. The team will stay on the mainland and tour Washington, D.C. and all it has to give. Good, cause this team needs something positive. Hawaii fans are already advocating for UH to fire Norm Chow and hire UH-alum Dino Babers, whom is dominating at FCS #2 Eastern Illinois. Kenny Nuimatalolo’s Midshipmen beat his alma mater 41-20.
Next up for the Aggies: @UNLV, November 9th at 8 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Aggies are starting to look really good now that the shock of Keeton’s injury has subsided. They need to be perfect and hope Boise State slips up somewhere to play in the MWC championship game. But they will need to worry about themselves for now. This UNLV team is no joke. That said, I think they succeed in winning in Vegas 42-31.
San Jose St. @ UNLV
Result: Spartans 34-24
Recap: I admittedly did not see any of this game, and quite frankly the box score is hard to figure out. The Rebels played David Fales as well as anyone can, holding him to 150 passing yards and forcing 2 TDs, but the Rebels were down 24-3 at halftime! San Jose State RB Jarrod Lawson had a career day rushing for 187 yards, which the Spartans needed to close out this game. Caleb Herring led a 2nd-half comeback that brought the game within a one-score game at 31-24, but they were not able to complete the comeback. Tim Cornett was stymied by the Spartan defense of all teams.
Next up for the Spartans: San Diego State, November 9th at 10:30 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. Huge home game for the Spartans. Their West Division title hopes are still alive, but they must beat the Aztecs to keep them alive. I think the Aztecs avenge their 2012 loss at home to the Spartans. Aztecs 35-33.
Next up for the Rebels: Utah State, November 9th at 8 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels pursuit of a bowl game continues with a really tough game against the Utah State Aggies. I’d bet they gain bowl eligibility against Air Force in three weeks, but not against the Aggies. Frustrating week for Rebels fans (lol Dixie State).
New Mexico @ San Diego St.
Result: Aztecs 35-30
Recap: The script for this game was spot on early on thanks to a quick 14-0 lead for the Aztecs. Post-Fresno hangover averted! Or not. A resilient effort from the Lobos rushing attack, who saw many players get touches, closed the game to 21-17 at halftime. While the Lobos did keep things respectable in the 2nd half, they were never able to stop Adam Muema, who rushed for 233 yards and kept the game just out of reach from the Lobos. The final score was 35-30, somewhat a letdown for the Aztecs. You expect them to do better than a 5-point win over the Mountain Division’s worst team.
Next up for the Lobos: Air Force, November 8th at 8 PM ET at University Stadium. The Lobos are going through yet another tough season on the gridiron, but do not fear, the Air Force Falcons are here (and basketball, of course). I expect this Friday night clash to be a close one going down to the wire.
Next up for the Aztecs: @San Jose State, November 9th at 10:30 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. The Aztecs inconsistent ways continue, or should I say consistent? They continue to play well against good teams (Oregon State, Fresno State) but not well against weak competition (Eastern Illinois, New Mexico). They have a tough contest this weekend at San Jose State, attempting to avenge a tough loss from last season.
Boise St. @ Colorado St.
Result: Broncos 42-30
Recap: This narrative is getting old. Yet another team wanting to shock Boise State at home. Unlike Fresno, Utah State, BYU, etc., the Rams fans sure didn’t show up for this game. How they are going to fill that new stadium of their I do not know. This game couldn’t have started better for them though. After they marched down for 3, Hedrick’s fumble led to an additional 7 to give the Rams a quick 10-0 lead. Upset city? Not really. The Broncos defense, hampered by injuries, bent but didn’t break for most of the night. Hedrick put on a fantastic 6-TD performance, mostly through the air as the Broncos went into the 4th up 42-17. Same ole same ole for Boise vs. Colorado State? Not necessarily. The Broncos started to let up in classic BSU fashion in the 4th allowing Grayson to get the Rams back into the game, aided by an on-side kick recovered by the Rams, but their upset bid came up short. The Broncos win 42-30 despite giving up an inconceivably high amount of yards.
Next up for the Broncos: Wyoming, November 16th at TBD at Bronco Stadium. The Broncos get a desperately needed bye week. Outside of the obvious “done for the year” players, the Broncos should get most injured players back for the Wyoming game in two weeks. Here’s hoping this rest is enough for the Broncos to reload and be ready for the stretch run.
Next up for the Rams: Nevada, November 9th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. Rams head coach Jim McElwain did not seem happy about the Rams loss. Despite playing Boise better than its previous two attempts, the Rams were not content. They thought they would win that game. They must move on and prepare for Nevada, who is desperate for a win. I think the Rams win this ball game, but not by much. Rams 41-34.
Nevada @ Fresno St.
Result: Bulldogs 41-23
Recap: The Bulldogs came into the night sporting a blackout look with helmets that looked awfully familiar. But anyways, the Bulldogs had a bizarre night. Despite yet another explosion on offense that resulted in Josh Harper getting 253 receiving yards on 17 completions, it seemed like Fresno was having an off night on offense. Fajardo and the Wolf Pack, who were coming off a pathetic home loss to UNLV, stayed in this game late into the 4th quarter before the Dogs scored some garbage points. The Dogs won, but things seemed “off” for them in this one. A 24-7 lead at half gave the feeling the rout was on, but the Pack would not go away. They continued to chip away, but alas it was not enough.
Next up for the Wolf Pack: @Colorado State, November 9th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. At 3-6, this season seems all but lost for the Pack. They need to win out to go bowling for a 9th consecutive year, but need to get through Colorado State, San Jose State, and BYU to do it. Seems highly unlikely, in fact those dreams may likely be doused this upcoming weekend.
Next up for the Bulldogs: @Wyoming, November 9th at 10:15 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. Are the Dogs living on borrowed time? Some think they will inevitable lose somewhere along the way in their pursuit of a BCS bowl. Next up will be a crazy cold game in Laramie. I’m going with Bulldogs 42-28.
Wyoming Cowboys: Bye
Fresno State, November 9th at 10:15 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys got a much-needed rest this week, and celebrated this time off by burning Chris Tormey publicly. Okay, maybe not, but he did get “fired”. What happens in Laramie, stays in Laramie. Next up is the Fresno State Bulldogs, and the Pokes only hope is that a crazy blizzard shows up for that 8:15 PM MT start time. And what do you know, weather report suggests they just might get one….
As I stated earlier, be sure to attend the basketball game on Friday if you can Broncos fans! These guys are going to be really good! Enjoy the bye week and keep the faith….this Broncos football team isn’t dead just yet. The teams primary goal is still attainable. #BleedBlue #GoBroncos