Jeremy’s 2014 Football Season Prediction

Temperature is rising in the Treasure Valley, must mean football season isn’t all that far away. Rumors of a new helmet and possibly new jerseys? Yep, it’s definitely July. Figured now is a good time for some Boise State football predictions. Before I get to my 2014 predictions, lets take a step back and make of fun of me for my 2013 predictions.

Football is a team game, but make no mistake about it…missing ASJ would be a huge loss for the Huskies. His shaky status is tough to predict, and makes this game tough to decipher…….Broncos 29, Huskies 23.

With Robbie Rouse gone, lacking an established run game, you would have to think the stout Bronco D-Line will have another field day with Carr and the Bulldog offense. I’ll give the Fresno hype train the benefit of the doubt and give Fresno 24 points. That is more points than the last 3 contests against BSU combined. That said, that point total will not be enough…….Broncos 37, Bulldogs 24.

Bronco-Wolf Pack games are typically hard-fought games, but UNR has entered a new era. I think the Broncos win by around 3 TDs, but it could be worse if the wheels fall off the wagon in this new regime in Reno…….Broncos 37, Wolf Pack 17.

Anyways, there are my predictions! I’ll probably be very wrong on all the scores, but I am confident the Broncos go either 12-0 or 11-1 (loss to Washington) this upcoming season. In Pete we trust! The Broncos will more than likely be inviting one of Fresno State, San Diego State, or San Jose State to Boise on the first weekend of December for the MWC Championship game.


Glad that’s over. Let that serve as evidence that I have no idea what I’m talking about. Take these predictions with a grain of salt, and if you’re angry with my picks please fling your internet poo at me and not my BTN mates.

Thursday, August 28th. Ole Miss (Game is played in Atlanta)

It feels like it has been an eternity since Harsin took the job as head coach. Lots of exciting assault on the future has occurred in these last 6 months, but the Harsin era opens with the brutal task of taking on a sure-to-be ranked Ole Miss team in the south. Another season, another highly touted opponent on the road. Things have not gone well for the Broncos in these openers since Kellen graduated. In fact, we’ve scored a whopping 19 points in the Michigan State and Washington games combined. With a brand new offense and a young O-Line taking on a dominant and extremely talented Ole Miss defense, I doubt we see much better in this edition of openers. I hope I’m wrong, but I see Ole Miss covering the spread fairly easily……Broncos 14, Rebels 33.

Saturday, September 6th. Colorado State

Broncos won’t have a lot of time to mope around. Harsin’s debut in front of Bronco Nation will be late at night vs. the Rams of Ft. Collins. Last years game was a struggle for an injured Bronco defense, but Grant Hedrick actually had a field day vs. CSU. The Rams lose a lot of starters in the trenches, and will be without their top 3 rushers from 2013, including Kapri Bibbs. The Rams have a nice schedule that could get them another 8-win season, but I think they struggle on The Blue……Broncos 37, Rams 19.

Saturday, September 13th. @Connecticut

This is a really long trip. Not often the Broncos play a game all the way on the east coast. Bob Diaco and the Huskies are trying to turn the page on a rough 2013 campaign. They’ll be a young team replacing many starters, but sometimes that isn’t a bad thing when you lost so many games. I think the Broncos may struggle early on, but they’ll manage to win comfortably as the Huskies learn how to win games under Diaco……Broncos 35, Huskies 24.

Saturday, September 20th. Louisiana don’t call us UL-Lafayette

The Ragin’ Cajuns come to Boise after playing common opponent Ole Miss on the road. Louisiana returns a significant amount of starters on both offense and defense, and managed to beat Harsin’s Arkansas State Red Wolves in 2013. Despite all that, I think things will be quite a bit different on the blue turf. Like the Colorado State and UCONN games, I think the Cajuns stick around in this one for a while but ultimately lose by three TDs or so……Broncos 42, Ragin’ Cajuns 22.

Saturday, September 27th. @Air Force

What on earth happened to Troy Calhoun and the fly boys in 2013? That double-digit loss season came out of nowhere. Air Force’s defenses are routinely undersized, but for some reason that seemed to play a larger role than usual. The triple option is always difficult to defend, but we have the LB and DE corps to stay disciplined enough to keep them at bay. Jay Ajayi should have another huge day….Broncos 44, Falcons 21.

Saturday, October 4th. @Nevada

Back-to-back road games always suck. Last year injuries were a big deal in Ft. Collins, the second of our only back-to-back road games in 2013 (BYU/Colorado State). We played Kharyee Marshall at DT for a while! Here’s hoping injuries aren’t a big deal this time around. I don’t get Brian Polian’s teams. They looked great against San Jose State, absolutely horrible vs. UNLV. Inconsistent, and slightly underachieving. Will Fajardo be healthy? Seems like a given that he’ll play hurt. The Wolf Pack return a lot of starters, most in the MWC for that matter. This is a potential trap game for Harsin and the staff. I think we squeak this one out…..Broncos 29, Wolf Pack 27.

Friday, October 17th. Fresno State

This game. Many Bronco fans have anxiously awaited this game in particular. None of us enjoyed seeing Southwick and the team fight like their lives depended on it vs. Lord Derek Carr and the Bulldoggies, only to come up 6 yards too short. Fresno loses a tremendous amount of talent on offense. Carr, Adams, Burse, Wenworth, Jensen, the list is long. I’m siding with history on this one. Hawaii 2007, Colt Brennan eviscerated the Bronco defense. Nevada 2010, Colin Kaepernick did the same. What do UH and Reno have in common? The following year they lost their star QBs, and returned to Bronco Stadium and had their offenses, which dominated BSU the year before, dominated themselves. Hawaii scored 7 points. Nevada was held to 182 total yards! I expect Yates and the Bronco defense to come up big in this game…..Broncos 27, Bulldogs 10.

Friday, October 24th. Brigham Young

Back-to-back big games! Hope Bronco Nation has the energy to make Albertsons Stadium a nightmare for both Fresno and BYU. There’s really no way around it; Taysom Hill and the Cougars whipped the Broncos last fall in Provo. We simply were not physical enough to play with them. I’m not sure if much has changed in that department. Not having to deal with Kyle Van Noy will be nice. Coming off an emotional rivalry game the week before will make this game even tougher. I can’t stand BYU, but unfortunately see the Broncos dropping this one…..Broncos 18, Cougars 27.

Saturday, November 8th. @New Mexico

The Broncos get a much-needed bye before they travel to land of Walter White to play the Lobos. Last years game vs. New Mexico had a somber feel to it. Coming off a loss to SDSU (again), the vibe was off in Bronco Stadium. Still managed to win fairly convincingly. This is going to be year #3 for Bob Davie, and with a recruiting class of JC players coming to help, the Lobos are hoping to surprise this fall. Our last trip to Albuquerque was not one many Bronco fans want to remember. Narrowly beating a down-in-the-dumps 2012 Lobos team was a rude awakening to the fact that we were truly in a new era of the Petersen regime. I expect the Lobos to come out swinging, but the game won’t be quite as close this time around……Broncos 41, Lobos 17.

Saturday, November 15th. San Diego State

This team, man. They are annoying. The Aztecs have knocked off Boise State back-to-back seasons, both times it appeared the Broncos were severely out-coached. Will Harsin and Sanford fair better vs. Long’s complicated defense than Petersen and Prince did? I’m not sure, but I am sure that I’m getting sick of this Aztecs team. I want to win by 50, but think we’ll see another closely fought game. Either way, I don’t want to live in a world where the Aztecs beat us three consecutive seasons. Please Bryan Harsin, do not lose to San Diego State…..Broncos 26, Aztecs 13.

Saturday, November 22nd. @Wyoming

This game might be a little cold. Wyoming fired Dave Christensen, so no more post game tirades for us. They actually made a fantastic hire in Craig Bohl, the former North Dakota State coach who won three national championships. Unfortunately for Bohl, Wyoming loses Brett Smith and Robert Herron. Pretty much the only Cowboy players Boise State fans could name off. Shaun Wick returns and Eddie Yarbrough may be the MW’s best DE, but I think the Cowboys will be in rebuilding mode while Bohl revamps this roster…..Broncos 37, Cowboys 17.

Saturday, November 29th. Utah State

When was the last time we had a meaningful opponent on Senior Night? Been awhile. Utah State and the vaunted Chuckie Keeton come to town in what is sure to be one of the MW’s best games of the season. Utah State loses more starters than any team in the country according to Phil Steele, so that can’t be good. The Aggies will have played 8 consecutive games without a bye entering this game, that can’t be good either. Still, I’m told despite his healing knee, Chuckie Keeton trumps all arguments that Utah State will have any struggles this season. Some preseason magazines have the Aggies winning the conference. I guess we’ll see. I forecast a close game…..Broncos 30, Aggies 26.


There you have it. I say 10-2, a successful first season under Harsin. As evidenced in this post, I’m bound to be very wrong about these picks. Enough about me….how do you think the Broncos will do in Harsin’s first season? Comment below or reply to @TheBTN on Twitter.


5 Keys Boise State vs San Diego State


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1.) Stop Muema: Last year on “The Blue” Adam Muema ran for 127 yards and a touchdown. This year, Boise State must contain Muema to have a successful day. San Diego State will run a more traditional power-style running offense. Something Boise State has not seen a lot this year. Sound tackling and penetration up the middle will be key in containing SDSU’s star player. The defensive line and linebackers will have to have solid games for this key to be a success. With injuries to the defensive line and linebackers of Boise State, this match-up should be very interesting. Not to mention Muema comes into this game with 4 straight 100+ yard performances with one 200+ yard game as well.

2.) Force Quinn Kaehler To Throw On Early Downs: So much of what San Diego State does is dependent on the run. Kaehler has certainly been a nice surprise for the Aztecs however much of what he sees from defense is based on teams selling out to stop the run. Some of the key ways for Boise State to get an upper hand in this game will be putting Kaehler into positions he is not comfortable with. A quick lead, big stops on early downs on defense, or, 3rd and long situations will give BSU the chance to see what Kaehler is really made of.

3.) Good Defense Show Up: The defense that showed up against Wyoming, that is the one that needs to show up against San Diego State. Wyoming is certainly not as talented as the Aztecs so a good performance against SDSU might look like 24 points. But that would be a great effort if they could pull that off. San Diego has a lot of play-makers including WR Ezell Ruffin who averages an impressive 17 yards per catch on 54 receptions. The good defense will have to shop up especially in the tackling category if Boise State wants to win on the road.

4.) Matt Miller & SWR: These 2 guys just need to keep on keepin on. With a combined 18 catches vs Wyoming these two guys seem to have the keys to the BSU offense. Look for Boise State to try and get them the ball early and often. If they can have some quick success it will open up lanes for Ajayi and the offense up the middle.

5.) Understand the Importance of the Game: It has been said all year, “this it the most important game”. First it was Washington, then Fresno, then Utah State etc… But there is no denying that this game truly is. With the season winding down a rematch with Fresno State looming in the future if Boise State can get past the Aztecs. BSU controls their own destiny and have a chance at redeeming themselves on the biggest stage the MWC has to offer. So much has been said about this season, but with a MWC championship still possible all those things “said” could be erased quickly. But to guarantee a chance to do that, they must win this game. If the Broncos come out with the fire of knowing that, I fully expect this game to be another win for the Broncos.

Monday MWC Review Week 12

Good morning again, Bronco fans! The season is nearing an end. Time to find out if the Broncos are worthy of being called Champions, or even worth having the chance to call themselves Champions. Only time will tell….let’s look at what happened in the only 4 MWC-related games this weekend…

Colorado St. @ New Mexico

Result: Rams 66-42

Recap: If you like offense, this contest was your kind of game. The Rams came into this game looking to secure a bowl bid for the first time since 2008. The Lobos are looking to spoil anything they can at this point. The Rams jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead as the Lobos struggled with CSU’s physicality. A 50-yard TD pass from Cole Gautsche closed the score to 14-7. After a Rams FG, the Lobos responded with a 100-yard kick return to make it 17-14 Rams. The scoring just continued for both teams as Kapri Bibbs just seemed unstoppable. The score was 31-21 Rams at half, and the two continued trading scores in the 3rd quarter, but the one constant was Bibbs. He could not be stopped. Then came the 4th quarter, and Bibbs poured it on the poor Lobos. 3 TDs in one-quarter!!! 6 for Bibbs on the day!! Kapri Bibbs just ran his way to a record day as the Rams won 66-42 in Albuquerque. Bibbs now has 1435 rushing yards and 25 TDs (!!!) on the season.

Next up for the Rams: @Utah State, November 23rd at 3:30 PM ET at Romney Stadium. The Rams are bowl eligible, but realistically out of the MWC title race. So this game does not mean much in the big scheme of things, but that won’t stop the Rams from attempting to secure 2nd place in the Mountain Division. This is an important game, one that could decide the MWC title race if USU wins and Boise loses to San Diego State. I think the Aggies sneak this one out, but not by much. Aggies 31-30.

Next up for the Lobos: @Fresno State, November 23rd at 4 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. News of Cole Gautsche and Kasey Carrier being out for the season with concussion issues is not going to paint a pretty picture for the end of the season for New Mexico. @Fresno and @Boise lay ahead, and both could be straight-up massacres. I’m projecting Fresno wins 56-14 this week.

Wyoming @ Boise St.

Result: Broncos 48-7

Recap: Hey! For once the Broncos started well! No not really I’m kidding. Brett Smith opened the game by hitting Robert Herron in the end zone for a 19-yard TD, thanks to a fumble from Grant Hedrick. That’s about the end of positive things for Wyoming. One of Robert Prince’s best-called games in his tenure at Boise State. The Jay Ajayi and Matt Miller show dominated the national-televised game between the hapless Pokes and Boise State Broncos. The Broncos reeled off 48 unanswered point in route to a dominant 48-7 win. The defense finally showed up for the Broncos, holding Wyoming to their worst offensive output of the season at 265 total yards. Brett Smith seemed very frustrated all night, and Shaun Wick was kept in check all night. The Pokes had nothing for the Broncos. The Broncos even successfully made a 47-yard FG! Altogether, not much to report in this one. After the Smith-to-Herron TD, it was all Broncos all night.

Next up for the Cowboys: Hawaii, November 23rd at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The Pokes continue to descend into madness as they host 0-10 Hawaii this week. Last week included firing their school president, who had only been around for 5 months! Hawaii is bad, real bad. But Wyoming will need to play with a solid work ethic to beat Hawaii, who to their credit does not just give up. I think Wyoming sneaks it outs, because Hawaii has a gift for screwing up. Pokes win 30-24.

Next up for the Broncos: @San Diego State, November 23rd at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The big week has arrived. The Broncos last real test standing between them and the coveted-rematch with Fresno. The Aztecs beat Boise State on The Blue in 2012, and seem to have figured how to rattle the Bronco offense. This will be Hedrick’s biggest test yet, no doubt about it. Adam Muema flat-out beat down the Broncos last year. He wanted it more. The Broncos will need a 110% effort from everyone to win this game. I will say the Broncos win, but not by much. This one will not be good for the heart. Broncos win 28-27.

San Diego St. @ Hawaii

Result: Aztecs 28-21 OT

Recap: It was Retro Rainbow Night on Oahu as Hawaii sported their old school look for the Aztecs. This game was not a high-scoring affair by any means. Hawaii’s bulldozing RB Joey Iosefa opened the game with a TD late in the 1st quarter. Then the anticipated Hawaii screw-ups began. San Diego State had the ball at the Hawaii 44-yard line, and Hawaii jumped off-side giving the Aztecs a free play. Colin Lockett (bad memories bad memories) was able to sneak behind the UH defense and catch a 56-yard TD to tie the game. However, only a minute later Hawaii responded with a 31-yard TD pass to TE Harold Moleni. Hawaii led at the half 14-7. SDSU came out and responded right away with a 30-yard TD run from Donnell Pumphrey (get familiar with that name, Bronco fans). The 4th quarter came and Iosefa scored again, giving UH a 21-14 lead. All UH needed to do was hold on! That of course, like everything else UH has done this season, failed. A late Aztec TD sent this one to OT, where Muema mowed down the Warrior defense for a TD, and then Schroeder got sacked on the ensuing series to put UH out of range of any chance to win. The Aztecs escape with a win.

Next up for the Aztecs: Boise State, November 23rd at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs return home to play the Broncos. Rocky Long’s inconsistent team has done one thing consistently this year: play-up to their competition. They baffled Fresno’s offense, stymied Oregon State. The Broncos will have their hands full. SDSU beat Boise with physicality last year. Will they do it again?

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @Wyoming, November 23rd at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. Hawaii continues to have a solid balance of sucking and bad luck. That will not discontinue this weekend. This group is destined to run the table in the wrong direction.

San Jose St. @ Nevada

Result: Wolf Pack 38-16

Recap: The Spartans came into this game as the favorite over the struggling Wolf Pack, but the Pack struck first early on in front of a practically empty Mackay Stadium thanks to Kendall Brock’s 2-yard TD. Fales would close out the quarter with 10 points though, getting the Spartans back in business fast. The Spartans traded Wolf Pack TDs with FGs in the 2nd quarter to send this game into the locker rooms with the Pack ahead 21-16. Upset brewing? You bet. Cody Fajardo took command as the Wolf Pack on the 2nd half battle 17-0, going onto a surprising 38-16 win over the Spartans. Fales and co. were flat-out dominated by the Pack in this one. There is hope in Reno for the Brian Polian era!

Next up for the Spartans: Navy, November 22nd at 9:30 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans begin their season-ending two game home stand with Navy on Friday night. The Nevada loss signals a poor end to the Fales era, now needing an unlikely win to become bowl eligible. I think the tumble continues. Midshipmen win 34-31.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: BYU, November 30th at 3 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. The Wolf Pack take a break this week, and while a bowl game is now out of reach, they can look at their tangle with BYU in two weeks as a bowl game of sorts. It will be cold, and the Reno natives will have one of the best home matchups they have had in a while.

Fresno State Bulldogs: Bye

New Mexico, November 23rd at 4 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Dogs took the week off and sit in the BCS standings at #15. They should waltz passed New Mexico and San Jose State, and then need to beat Boise State again to make the BCS dream a reality.

UNLV Rebels, Air Force Falcons: Bye

November 21st at 9:30 PM ET at Falcons Stadium. Both the Rebels and Falcons had a bye this preview week, and now prepare to face each other on Thursday night in the cold on ESPNU. A win gives the Rebels bowl eligibility! I think they get it, but AFA makes it hard on them. Rebels 38-35.

Utah State Aggies: Bye

Colorado State, November 23rd at 3:30 PM ET at Romney Stadium. After another week off, the Aggies invite the red-hot Colorado State Rams to town. A lot on the line for the Aggies in what should be a must-watch game for MWC fans. Should be a good one.


This crazy season continues for the Broncos! Be sure to catch the basketball teams game on Tuesday against Seattle while we wait for the Bronco football team to play again. Yet another 8:30 PM start time. Ugh…. #BleedBlue #GoBroncos

Monday MWC Review Week 11

Good morning again, Bronco fans! We have survived the bye week with a full dose of 116 points from the basketball team! Let’s take a look at what happened in the MWC while the Broncos were off resting….

Air Force @ New Mexico

Result: Lobos 45-37

Recap: In the Friday night duel on ESPNU that all of you better have missed because you were at the Broncos basketball game, the Falcons took their crappy season with them to Albuquerque to take on another desperate team. Things started off well, for the Lobos anyway. Cole Guatsche appears to be healthy, leading the offense to two scores early in the game to give the Lobos a 14-0 lead. Behind QB Nate Romine, the Falcons were able to keep close going into halftime down 21-14. Romine continued the charge, tying the game out of the break and then responding after the Lobos had scored. The two teams traded TDs, but AFA had a crucial PAT blocked, but it didn’t matter in the end. The Falcons porous defense could not keep up with the Lobos offense. That is a sad sentence.

Next up for the Falcons: UNLV, November 21st at 9:30 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons continue to push on into the bye week and then hope to play spoiler to UNLV, who is hoping to become bowl eligible with a win for the first time in over a decade.

Next up for the Lobos: Colorado State, November 16th at 7 PM ET at University Stadium. Speaking of teams playing spoiler, the Lobos will get the same opportunity this upcoming Saturday when the Colorado State Rams bring their 5-5 record to Albuquerque. A win sends them to a bowl game in one of their best seasons in some time. Bob Davie’s crew will make them earn it, but I think the Rams take care of business behind Kapri Bibbs. Rams win 38-28.

Nevada @ Colorado St.

Result: Rams 38-17

Recap: The Rams entered this home game feeling a tad disappointed after dropping last weekends home game vs. Boise State. The hangover was in full-effect for the Rams offense, as both teams stunk it up going into halftime at 7-6 with the Wolf Pack having the advantage. Then breakout star RB Kapri Bibbs had enough. The surprise product from Illinois turned on the jets in route to 312 rushing yards (!!!) and 4 TDs, a performance no fantasy football owner ever wants to go up against. Bibbs alone rumbled his way to giving the Rams a 38-17 win and giving them a prime chance to become bowl eligible this upcoming week in Albuquerque. Brian Polian and his Wolf Pack limp back to Reno in what has been one of their most disappointing seasons in a long time.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: San Jose State, November 16th at 10:30 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. The Chris Ault days seem like a long time ago at this point for Reno fans. Fajardo’s and the talents of his huge WRs are being wasted. Hard to see things getting better in Reno. They go home this weekend to take on David Fales and the San Jose State Spartans. I’ll give the edge to the team who has shown the ability to finish games…most of the time anyway. Spartans 35-27.

Next up for the Rams: @New Mexico, November 16th at 7 PM ET at University Stadium. Fitting that the Rams have a chance to lock up a bowl bid, possibly to the New Mexico Bowl… New Mexico. Huge opportunity for a struggling program with big ambitions.

Hawaii @ Navy

Result: Midshipmen 42-28

Recap: A miserable 2013 campaign for the Rainbow Warriors took their absurdly long road-trip to Annapolis, Maryland…the Naval Academy. Hawaii took tours of Washington D.C. as well as Under Armour’s headquarters, where they unveiled their brand new Rainbow uniforms. Call me nuts, but I wish UH would go back to this look altogether. They took on a Navy team that struggled early on, slight Notre Dame-loss hangover. A pin-point pass from Schroeder to Keith Kirkwood tied the game, and the two teams went into the half tied at 14. And of course, in classic Hawaii fashion, the team choked away the rest of the game, failing to capitalize when they needed to. The final score 42-28, Hawaii might be the greatest 0-9 team ever.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: San Diego State, November 16th at 10:30 PM ET at Aloha Stadium. Retro Rainbow night! Bronco fans will miss this game as it starts during the Boise State-Wyoming game, but check it out if you want to see Hawaii wear a uniform we all that would never grace Hawaiian Airlines Field ever again. Aztecs win this one 40-31.

Utah St. @ UNLV

Result: Aggies 28-24

Recap: This game, man. Bronco fans all gravitated towards this game in the afternoon. A loss for the Aggies would give the Broncos even more room to make the MWC championship game. UNLV spurred upset talk early with a TD and defensive stop. Caleb Herring looked fantastic early on. Key mistakes on both sides led to a 17-14 halftime lead for UNLV. The Aggies squandered a scoring chance due to a mistake by Darrell Garretson on 3rd and goal. This mistake was met with a crucial error for Herring, who threw an INT in the endzone and missed a scoring chance altogether. Down 28-24 in the 4th quarter, the Rebels had a chance to win the game. Herring frustrated all non-Aggie fans watching the game by inexplicably throwing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th down passes well out of the bounds where his WRs had no chance to catch the pass. Bad ending to a good game. The Aggies slim MWC title hopes live on.

Next up for the Aggies: Colorado State, November 23rd at 3:30 PM ET at Romney Stadium. The Aggies’ title hopes live on, but they will have their hands full in two weeks. They get a much-needed bye week before the red-hot Colorado State Rams and Kapri Bibbs come to town. Wyoming will serve as no challenge for the Aggies, so the Rams are the last real test for the team in Logan.

Next up for the Rebels: @Air Force, November 21st at 9:30 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. Here’s hoping UNLV did not ruin its chances at a bowl game. They still need one more win! Air Force seems like the perfect medicine, but you never know with UNLV. First, a week of rest with a bye week.

Fresno St. @ Wyoming

Result: Bulldogs 48-10

Recap: Many fans had forecasted this game as a “trap game” for Fresno, and early on it appeared that might be the case. A strong defensive effort from the Cowboy defense kept the Bulldogs off the board early on. RB Tedder Easton took a long hand-off to the 1-yard line where Shaun Wick finished the drive off with a TD. A FG not too long after that gave the Pokes a 10-0 lead. Upset City!!!! Not really. Carr and the Dogs settled down and destroyed Wyoming, reeling off 48-unanswered points (!!!). They also ran over a Pony in the end zone. Like a real pony! They ran over the Cowboys as well.

Next up for the Bulldogs: New Mexico, November 23rd at 7 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. Bye week for the Dogs. They have things pretty much wrapped up now thanks to their win and a San Jose State loss. They will cruise from here to the title game, and have themselves poised for a BCS-battle with potentially Baylor.

Next up for the Cowboys: @Boise State, November 16th at 10:15 PM ET at Bronco Stadium. Fans in Laramie and Wyoming Nation are calling for the head of Dave Christensen and Athletic Director Tom Burman. They are fed up, and things do not appear to get any easier this week. After a great start to the 2013 season, things appear to have gone awry for Wyoming. The fall continues as they lose to the Broncos this weekend. I am projecting a 24-44 loss for the Pokes.

San Diego St. @ San Jose St.

Result: Aztecs 34-30

Recap: The Spartans came into this game needing to beat the Aztecs to keep their MWC Championship hopes alive, and things went well early on. Through 1.5 quarters of play, Fales pin-point passing gave the Spartans a 20-6 lead before half, but a 14-yard pass from Quinn Kaehler to Colin Lockett *chills from 2012 SDSU game* gave the Aztecs hope going into the second half. The Aztecs continually shot themselves in the foot by missing approximately 32 FGs in this game. Multiple scoring chances missed, the Spartans took a 30-20 advantage with 9 minutes left in the 4th. That’s when Adam Muema and Donnel Pumphrey took over. The two pounded their way through the Spartan defense, giving themselves a comeback 34-30 win late in the game. The Spartans had been flawless this year in close games, but failed when it mattered most.

Next up for the Aztecs: @Hawaii, November 16th at 10:30 PM ET at Aloha Stadium. The Aztecs take their impressive win with them to Aloha Stadium to take on the Hawaii…..Rainbows? They should be an easy hurdle to jump for the Aztecs before they look to spoil Boise State’s season again.

Next up for the Spartans: @Nevada, November 16th at 10:30 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. The Spartans missed a big opportunity by losing to the Aztecs. Gone are ambitions of a MWC championship appearance and West Division title. All they can do now is play spoiler. But first they take a trip to Reno next week.

Boise State Broncos: Bye

Wyoming, November 16th at 10:15 PM ET at Bronco Stadium. The Broncos needed a bye week like no other team in the country. Beaten and battered is a nice way of putting it. They will get a defeated Wyoming team looking to potentially fire their coaching staff. The Broncos are due for a dominant performance, fingers crossed! Maybe for once we’ll score on our opening drive. Maybe, but probably not.


Dress up warm for those of you attending Saturday night late game. And be sure to attend the home basketball game on Friday if you can! I know they play some crappy school, but who cares? We’re there to see the Broncos play. #BleedBlue #GoBroncos

Monday MWC Review Week 10

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

Monday MWC Review Week 9

Good morning Bronco fans, another week begins! Can you believe that when the Broncos play again it will be November already? Man these seasons go by way too quickly, even in a supposed “down year” for Boise State. Maybe some of you didn’t watch college football on Saturday after Friday night disappointment. Completely understandable, for more than one reason. Either way, read ahead to find out what happened in another crazy weekend in the MWC…

Boise St. @ BYU

Result: Cougars 37-20

Recap: The Broncos walked into LaVell Edwards Stadium with a target on their back. This was the THIRD very good team seeking revenge against Boise State that the Broncos had to travel to. This schedule is every bit as rough as it was hyped up to be. The Broncos started the game slow for the 78th time in 2013, and the Cougars built a big lead. The Broncos offense moved the ball well, ending the day with 499 total yards, but struggled in the red zone. Taysom Hill had a near-perfect night as the BYU offense mowed the hapless Bronco defense down. The Bronco corners took a beating. Again. Grant Hedrick and Jay Ajayi did a good job moving the ball down field, but an astounding 4 second half turnovers doomed any chances of a come back. The Broncos limped out of Provo with a 3rd loss on the season.

Next up for the Broncos: @Colorado State, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Broncos have to go back on the road after a tough loss to play against surging Colorado State. The Broncos definitely have the talent edge, but this young team will be tested mentally by this Rams team. Morale is down right now for the Broncos, and its the complete opposite for the Rams. The Broncos will have to play well to win this game. Even Vegas thinks the Broncos will struggle, only being a 7-point favorite over a team the Broncos have registered at least 35 points by halftime against in its first two contests in the MWC against the Rams. I think the defense will struggle again, but Ajayi and Hedrick come up big on offense. I’m going and hoping for 41-28 Broncos.

Notre Dame @ Air Force

Result: Fighting Irish 45-10

Recap: Its been a rough season for the Falcons, and it unfortunately didn’t get any better on Saturday. The Falcons defense made Tommy Rees look like Peyton Manning out there with 5 passing TDs. The Fighting Irish thwarted the Falcons triple-option for the entire game, holding them to only 10 points at home. This game was never a competitive matchup. A snoozer for all non-Notre Dame fans.

Next up for the Falcons: Army, November 2nd at 12 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. As ugly as the Falcons 1-7 record looks, they still have another very important game ahead with the Army Black Knights. This is always an important matchup for the Falcons, and hopefully they pick up a win on the way. I think it will be close, but Calhoun’s boys pull it out. I am predicting a 31-28 win for the team in blue.

UNLV @ Nevada

Result: Rebels 27-22

Recap: The battle for the cannon is the only college football rivalry in the state of Nevada, and one that is not often watched thanks to the Wolf Pack dominating the series. That trend came to an end on Saturday. The Wolf Pack debuted their awesome chrome “Battle Born” helmets for the rivalry game, and Fajardo and Herring both went back and forth completing passes but struggling in the red zone. The Pack led 16-14 at half as Mackay Stadium began to get a little antsy. They are not used to close games at half with the Rebels. A scoreless 3rd quarter only added to things, and then the Rebels scored two TD in the 4th from Tim Cornett and Caleb Herring to go up 27-16. With only 5 minutes left, things looked ugly and finished ugly. Despite the effort from Fajardo to get back into the game, the Pack fell short and lost the cannon for the first time in years. Nevada beat writer Chris Murray labeled the loss a “Very, very dark moment” for Brian Polian and the Wolf Pack.

Next up for the Rebels: San Jose State, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. What is going on with Vegas? Isn’t there a rule that they should stick to basketball. Guess they figured if Boise starts making noise in their sport, they should do the same in ours. Only one win away from the bowl eligibility, the Rebels invite red-hot David Fales and Spartans to Sam Boyd Stadium. I expect a really entertaining game, but I think the Spartans will sneak this one out. Fales is the real deal. Spartans 41-38.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: @Fresno State, November 2nd at 10:30 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. Brian Polian’s debut season is turning into a disaster. The Wolf Pack’s record of 9-straight bowl appearances is being threatened, and the immensely talented Cody Fajardo’s abilities are being wasted. Things will only get more tense in the coming weeks, with what appears to be an impending beat down coming in Fresno. Fajardo is really good. There is good individual talent on this Nevada team, but I question their coaching right now. Bulldogs will throw for days. Derek Carr wins 56-24.

Wyoming @ San Jose St.

Result: Spartans 51-44

Recap: This was a wild and crazy game. Coming off a horrifically-embarrassing performance vs. rival Colorado State, the Cowboys started off fast jumping out to a 16-0 lead early capitalized by a 93-yard TD from Brett Smith to Robert Herron. The Pokes went into the half with a 23-14 lead and needed a solid 2nd half performance to wash away the pain from the previous week. David Fales was having none of it. A 37-point 2nd-half explosion from Fales gave his team 642 total yards (!!!) in a back-and-forth contest. Wyoming RB Tedder Easton plunged into the endzone with 5 minutes left in the game to tie things up at 44-44. Fales then put together and balanced drive brought most the clock down in the game. With 8 second left in the game, Fales scored in a QB-sneak to give the Spartans a big win for their MWC-title hopes.

Next up for the Cowboys: Fresno State, November 9th at 3 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The slide continues. Weeks ago Cowboys fans had their heads in the clouds. Now they are speculating as to who their next head coach will be. They will limp into the bye week and things will get worse when they play Fresno and Boise in consecutive weeks.

Next up for the Spartans: @UNLV, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. Sparta takes its title hopes to Vegas where they take on the Football Rebels! It should be a high-scoring affair between the two teams looking to play spoiler in the MWC going forward.

Fresno St. @ San Diego St.

Result: Bulldogs 35-28 OT

Recap: All week fans in the Twitterverse were saying that this game could be a potential trap game for the Bulldogs, and oh boy was it. Rocky Long dialed up pressure on defense like the Bulldogs had not seen all year. Derek Carr was hitting the turf a lot, and having to throw the ball away quite a bit. The score was tied 7-7 going into the half! I don’t know what it was, but the Aztecs threw off the Dogs in that half. After more struggles for both offenses, things settled down and the Dogs restored reality by leading by 2 TDs thanks to a very bizarre 78-fumble return by Ejiro Ederaine. So ball game, right? Not exactly. Some trickeration on offense led to an Aztec TD, and then a surprise on-side kick led to a suddenly tied ball-game! The disaster grew for the Dogs as the Aztecs entered FG range with a chance to end the Dogs BCS dreams. In a tense moment giving Broncos fans flashbacks from 2010, a hero emerged in Fresno State TE Marcel Jensen who leaped WAY off the ground to block what appeared to be a kick headed between the uprights. Season saved. Of course after that the Bulldogs went on to win in overtime 35-28. Disaster avoided, and the Bulldogs live on the edge but survive.

Next up for the Bulldogs: Nevada, November 2nd at 10:30 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs can breathe a sigh of relief as they return home to play Nevada, and appear to have no challengers to their MWC title. You can make a small argument for San Jose State, and maybe for Boise State, but it appears the Dogs will coast to a BCS-berth in December. I think, anyway. I’m sure of this: They’ll beat down Nevada.

Next up for the Aztecs: New Mexico, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs looked VERY good in this game and continue to be the MWC’s biggest enigma. If they play like that again, they’ll beat Boise State. But will that continue, or was that a bye-week aided performance against a rival that won’t be replicated? Only time will tell. They should handle New Mexico easily though. Aztecs win 45-21.

Colorado St. @ Hawaii

Result: Rams 35-28

Recap: Hawaii, despite coming off of a bye week, started off yet another game terribly. The Rams jumped out to a fast 14-0 lead thanks to a fat guy TD on a fumble recovery. The Rainbow Warriors defense had no answer for RB Kapri Bibbs as the Rams went into the locker room up 35-17. But, as is the tale of the 2013 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, they came back. They managed to SHUT OUT the Rams in the 2nd half despite looking like trash in the first. Sean Schroeder was hitting long ball after long ball and managed to get the Rainbow Warriors right back into the game. Unfortunately much like the Fresno game, time was against UH as Schroeder had to throw a hopeless hail mary at the end, leaving Hawaii wanting again. Rams survive by a score of 35-28.

Next up for the Rams: Boise State, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Rams survived a scare from the now 0-7 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, and now stare at a matchup with Boise State in a potentially program-changing win for the Rams. There is a lot of momentum on and off the field in Ft. Collins. They can feel it. The Broncos will have to play well to avoid ending up being the victim of yet another team looking to make a statement against the Broncos.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @Utah State, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Romney Stadium. Norm Chow and his team just can’t catch a break. Now they have to travel to the mainland back-to-back weeks to play Utah State and Navy. I do not anticipate this going well. Aggies are well rested, and will win this one big. 45-10 to the team in blue.

New Mexico Lobos: Bye

@San Diego State, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The Lobos were off this week, and boy did they need it with the injuries they had going into the bye week. Awaiting them this week is a trip to warm San Diego, and an Aztec team that will either come out pissed off or slumping after putting so much into the Fresno game. I expect the Aztecs to win big either way.

Utah State Aggies: Bye

Hawaii, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Romney Stadium. The Aggies were the other MWC team on a bye this week, and they get to host the 0-7 Hawaii Warriors. Crazy how the roles have switched between these two teams. I can remember Colt Brennan and the Warriors shredding Utah State like they were an FCS program like it was yesterday. Things have changed, that’s for sure. I don’t think this one will be close. The football God’s have it in for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors this fall.


Friday night was rough Bronco Nation, no question about it. 3 losses in a season is hardly a tragedy, but nonetheless this is an unfamiliar position for some fans. Keep your heads up, our MWC Championship hopes haven’t been put out yet. The calendar shows its going to be November by the end of the week. College football fans spend 8 months out of the year waiting for football season, so win or lose try to enjoy these weekends. We do have our Bronco basketball team waiting for us in the winter, but before you know it football season will be over and we’ll be looking ahead to a long off-season waiting for the 2014 season to begin in Atlanta. Keep supporting and enjoy…. #BleedBlue #GoBroncos

Monday MWC Review Week 8

Another crazy weekend has the polls going nuts! A little disappointing Boise has no part in the mayhem, but nonetheless the goal of a MWC Championship remains! Things happened to get a little weird in the MWC too this weekend. As usual, let’s take a look at what happened…

Colorado State @ Wyoming

Result: Rams 52-22

Recap: What. The. Hell. I am so sick of this Wyoming team. One week everyone puts them in the title race with Fresno, Boise, etc. and then they do this. Colorado State whipped these guys from beginning to end. Jay Ajayi was not the only RB to drop 200 on somebody! Bibbs dominated the Pokes all day. 4 yards a pop, minimum. Garrett Grayson was solid as well, but much like the Broncos only needed Hedrick to do so much, Grayson took a back seat and watched Bibbs mow the lawn. Not all blame goes to the Cowboys defense though, for once Brett Smith looked like garbage. His protection was bad and the WRs dropped many passes, but he wasn’t blameless by any stretch. The Rams led 24-7 at half, and poured it on in the 2nd half to a dominant win. The Bronze Boot goes back to Ft. Collins.

Next up for the Rams: @Hawaii, October 26th at 11:59 PM ET at Aloha Stadium. Interesting matchup. The week after a major rivalry game is always prime for upsets. Add into that fact that the Rams will take on a Hawaii team on Oahu that is eager for a win, and this game comes across as a prime trap game for the Rams. I like what I see from Colorado State, but I’m calling the upset here. Hawaii has been inches away from victory multiple times this season. Best 0-6 team ever. Well-rested after a bye week, the Rainbow Warriors break the ice. My prediction: Rainbow Warriors 38-35.

Next up for the Cowboys: @San Jose State, October 26th at 7 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. The Pokes limp into California, a state they historically struggle in. Things do not get any easier with a rested David Fales and Spartans team ready to continue its quiet pursuit of a MWC Championship game berth. I think the Pokes bounce back, but not enough to win. I’m looking for a Spartans 41-38 win.

Nevada @ Boise St.

Result: Broncos 34-17

Recap: What a game, huh? Mixed-emotions galore. Its funny, so many fans (including me) have criticized Joe Southwick for years, yet the moment he got hurt, the stadium went eerily silent. Losing him was a death-blow to the season. Sure seemed that way in the 1st half. The Wolf Pack ran the ball well with Kendall Brock leading the way, but despite a 17-7 lead at halftime, Nevada seemed to have left some points on the field. Whatever Coach Pete said in the locker room, it worked. Grant Hedrick and Jay Ajayi ran their way to a 27-point rally while the defense stepped up big time, as the team won the 2nd half 27-0, and the game itself 34-17.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: UNLV, October 26th at 6:05 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. Hard for Wolf Pack fans to not feel like they let that game get away. Broncos were wounded, but Nevada could not capitalize. Now they face rival UNLV, who will be motivated to finally knock off their in-state competitors. I think this will be an entertaining game filled with lots of points. Wolf Pack keep the cannon, but barely. My prediction: Nevada 45-38.

Next up for the Broncos: @BYU, October 25th at 8 PM ET at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Grant Hedrick did a fantastic job of filling in on a moments notice for Joe, but Friday nights test will be significantly harder for the newly-minted starting QB for the Broncos. I am admittedly very worried about this game. BYU appears to be really hitting their stride right now. Avoid #3 at all costs, run the other way Grant! For the sake of being positive, I’m predicting a 28-21 Broncos win.

Utah St. @ New Mexico

Result: Aggies 45-10

Recap: Well then. Apparently the sun did rise in Logan, Utah at some point this past week. Behind a dominant effort from RB Joey DeMartino, the Aggies walked into the locker room at half up 31-3! A Bruce Natson punt return pretty much eliminated any chance of a comeback for the Lobos, who had no answer at all for the Aggies. It didn’t help that Cole Gautsche was limited with a knee injury sustained in last weeks game against Wyoming. Garretson had a solid game, but like Garret Grayson and Grant Hedrick, he just enjoyed the view for the most part as his starting RB shredded the Lobo defense.

Next up for the Aggies: Hawaii, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Romney Stadium. Bye week ahead for the Aggies, and a much-needed one at that. Its been a rough first half of the season, heightened by the loss of Chuckie Keeton of course. This team has its hopes up after an authoritative win in Albuquerque. They will await Hawaii in two weeks.

Next up for the Lobos: @San Diego State, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. It would appear things do not get much easier for the Lobos. They do get some rest as they prepare for the Aztecs in two weeks.

UNLV @ Fresno St.

Result: Bulldogs 38-14

Recap: This game sucked from the start for UNLV. Carr hit Davante Adams for a 75-yard TD on the very first play from scrimmage. The Rebels managed to hit back a few times in the 2nd quarter, making this game a 28-14 contest going into the locker rooms, but the Bulldogs controlled this one for much of the night. UNLV doesn’t appear to be the pasty they’ve been for years, but they were no match for Carr and this team.

Next up for the Rebels: Nevada, October 26th at 6:05 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. Rivalry game for the Rebels! This game has been circled on the schedule for a while. One of the biggest hangups for Bobby Hauck has been his inability to knock off in-state rival Nevada. The Wolf Pack have their issues, but corralling Cody Fajardo will not be easy. As I stated earlier, I expect a fun game that the Wolf Pack ultimately win.

Next up for the Bulldogs: @San Diego State, October 26th at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The nightcap game for the mainland schools features what should be an interesting matchup. The Aztecs have been inconsistent this fall, but you can bet Rocky Long and his team are sick of hearing about how awesome rival Fresno is. This is also another big test for the Bulldogs, who are trying to eliminate their past stigma of choking. This is exactly the kind of game they would have dropped in the past. I think the stars are aligning for this group. It won’t be pretty, but the Bulldogs win 51-34.

Rainbow Warriors: Bye

Colorado State, October 26th at 11:59 PM ET at Aloha Stadium. After a week of rest and a bad taste in their mouths from that heartbreaking loss to the Rebels a week ago, Norm Chow’s Warriors invite a surging Colorado State team to Aloha Stadium. Should be a good battle of two teams desperate to end their losing ways.

San Jose State: Bye

Wyoming, October 26th at 7 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. Spartans had a week to rest and now invite the Wyoming Cowboys to town. Do they get a wild animal backed into a corner, or will Dave Christensen’s team pack it in again like it did last year? Either way, expect David Fales to have another impressive performance.

San Diego State: Bye

Fresno State, October 26th at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. Here com ethe Bulldogs. This rivalry game goes all the way up to state politics. No love lost between these two schools. Both teams will want to win this game badly. Should be a great game for the late night and hardcore college football fans.

Air Force: Bye

Notre Dame, October 26th at 5 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons return to the field after a bye week, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish await them. What an awesome home game, one that should have the stands packed even with a poor season. Hopefully the Falcons can be competitive, but I don’t see it. Golden Domers 38-13.


Hope to see a lot of Blue & Orange in those stands in Provo. Grant Hedrick and this young team will need the support! Win or lose… #BleedBlue #GoBroncos

Tuesday MWC Review Week 7

An uncharacteristically busy Sunday led to this article being postponed until Tuesday, but here it is! A look at the weekend of MWC games, all for the most part good games. And the least watched game of them all was probably the most entertaining game. Let’s take a look at what went down…

San Diego St. @ Air Force

Result: Aztecs 27-20

Recap: The Falcons came into this game with Kale Roberts at QB, the 3rd-string QB on the depth chart. Hard times became even rougher when Roberts went down early, forcing 4th-string QB Nate Romine into action. The Falcons managed to fool SDSU late in the 2nd quarter and nailed a 71-yard TD to Sam Gagliano, giving the Falcons a surprise 20-6 lead at half. The Falcons defense has been one of the worst nationally through the first month of the college football season, but a resurgence came in this game! That said, SDSU has been all over the place this year. This game perfectly encapsulated their season. 1st-half was garbage, 2nd-half brought a major comeback led by the defense shutting out Air Force in the 2nd half. Donnel Pumphrey continues to be a name to remember as he led the Aztecs to a fortunate 27-20 win in Colorado Springs. The Aztecs continue to be an enigma in the MWC race, and the Falcons continue to have really bad luck.

Next up for the Aztecs: Fresno State, October 26th at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. What a great time to have a bye week. The Aztecs await rival Fresno in a very important MWC clash. So many have penciled Fresno into the MWC title game already. You can bet the Aztecs don’t appreciate that. Many fans have wondered if Fresno can run the table, or will slip up somewhere. This is the kind of game where we find out what the Dogs are made of. Trap game, it is.

Next up for the Falcons: Notre Dame, October 26th at 5 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. It appears things do not get any easier for the poor Falcons. Sitting at 1-6, this season is all but lost. But a big-named opponent comes to town after the much-needed bye week. Here’s to hoping the Falcons pull off an all-time shocker.

San Jose St. @ Colorado St.

Result: Spartans 34-27

Recap: This wasn’t a blockbuster matchup by any means, but Colorado State reeled off another back-and-forth entertaining game. Over 1000 yards was put up in this game, as David Fales and Garrett Grayson went back-and-forth leading their teams through the air. The Rams led 24-17 at half, but were not able to hold on and cash in on red-zone opportunities. Fales was dominant again and appears to be picking up steam. The Spartans are looking more and more like a dark horse to spoil Fresno’s perfect season.

Next up for the Spartans: Wyoming, October 26th at 7 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans get a bye week before playing the Wyoming Cowboys, yet another inconsistent, don’t know what to think of them MWC team. The Pokes historically do not play well in California, but still, this should be an entertaining game.

Next up for the Rams: @Wyoming, October 19th at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The Border War/Bronze Boot game may be the most underrated rivalry in college football. Its over 100 years old! The Pokes have won 4-years straight in this rivalry and look to make it five. Wyoming has been inconsistent, and Colorado State has struggled to finish off opponents. Should be an interesting game.

New Mexico @ Wyoming

Result: Cowboys 38-31

Recap: Speaking of the Cowboys, they haven’t been flawless at home this fall despite an incredibly weak schedule. Coming off of an embarrassing blowout loss to Texas State two weeks ago, the Pokes looked to put UNM into a headlock. They did exactly that, cashing in on two Lobos fumbles that led to a quick 21-0 lead. The Cowboys went into the half up 21-3. So they coast on to victory, right? Not exactly. Bob Davie And QB Cole Gautschie engineered a comeback that had the game tied at 24-24 going into the 4th quarter. Fortunately for the Pokes, Brett Smith put on his cape and saved the day. Its hard to give the Pokes a ton of respect for this win. I watched the game in its entirety, and you really have to wonder where they would be without Smith. They were almost worse than New Mexico at home WITH him.

Next up for the Lobos: Utah State, October 19th at 9 PM ET at University Stadium. What was written off as a loss for the Lobos in the off-season now looks like an opportunity for a surprising win. The Aggies are tough, but freshman QB Garretson needs to grow up fast for them to beat a sneaky-good Lobos team on their home field.

Next up for the Pokes: Colorado State, October 19th at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. Border War! The Cowboys sit at 4-2 (2-0) going into this game, having played virtually nobody this season. They will need a convincing win in this game for their confidence going forward before they hit the back-loaded part of the schedule (@SJSU, Fresno, @Boise, Hawaii, @USU).

Boise St. @ Utah St.

Result: Broncos 34-23

Recap: What was meant to be the game of the season for the Mountain division was robbed of such a title when Chuckie Keeton got hurt last week. Man, did his team miss him on Saturday. The Joe Southwick-to-Shane Williams-Rhodes connection proved to be too much throughout the game for the USU defense, ho quite frankly looked surprised through much of the game as to what the Broncos were capable of offensively. Their front-seven didn’t look nearly as good as expected, as Jay Ajayi ran over 100 rushing yards. The Broncos offense sputtered late up 34-10, but this game was not as close as the score indicates. The Broncos dominated, especially on defense where the D-Line ravaged a very good Utat State offensive line. It wasn’t perfect football from the Broncos, but they did appear to be the superior team throughout the game.

Next up for the Broncos: Nevada, October 19th at 8 PM ET at Bronco Stadium. Rivalry week? Homecoming week. The Broncos return home with control of their destiny for the 2013 season. The Wolf Pack comes to town off of a bye week with a really good QB and a struggling team in the trenches. The Broncos-Wolf Pack duels have been solid during the Ault era. Will that continue now that he is gone? We’ll find out Saturday evening.

Next up for the Aggies: @New Mexico, October 19th at 9 PM ET at University Stadium. Life for the 2013 Aggies post-Chuckie didn’t start very well. Even more discouraging were the things not-QB related, like their O-Line and D-Line’s struggling vs. BSU. A very tough test is ahead in Albuquerque. Bob Davie’s team is sneaky-good.

Hawaii @ UNLV

Result: Rebels 39-37

Recap: Yeah, that crazy entertaining game I mentioned? It was this one. The miserable Hawaii Rainbow Warriors took on a 3-2 Rebels team coming off of a bye week. Hawaii started off well defensively stopping UNLV TWICE on 4th down conversion attempts. Sean Schroeder-Chris Gant connection gave UH a lead going into the half! At 17-13, Hawaii then completely imploded, giving up 23 unanswered points and going down 36-17. Hawaii was surely done, right? Nope. Hawaii reached into its Fresno 4th-quarter magic bag and pulled out yet another crazy comeback. With 1:44 left in the game, Schroeder threw up a prayer to Chris Gant, in which the safety and corner collided into each other and Gant went in for the score! Leading 37-36 after a mind-boggling comeback, UH then had to play defense. The Rebels managed to get passed mid-field, and Hawaii safety Charles Clay got beat deep for a long ball to the 10-yard line. UH was forgiven by the football gods as the play was overturned by the booth. UNLV QB Caleb Herring then threw a strike for a 1st-down to get into better field position. Nolan Kohorst then nailed a 43-yard FG to stab Hawaii in the heart in the final moments. A great game, but a brutal way to lose a football game.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: Colorado State, October 26th at 11:59 PM ET at Aloha Stadium. Hawaii limps into the bye week at 0-6, maybe the best 0-6 team I’ve ever seen. They simply cannot catch a break. Colorado State doesn’t have the best of history on the island, like pretty much everyone else, so Hawaii can break the ice come October 26th.

Next up for the Rebels: @Fresno State, October 19th at 10 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Rebels are 4-2 (2-0)!!!! Is a bowl game in sight for the basketball school? They have a chance believe it or not, but not this week. Fresno will light them up.

Fresno State: Bye

UNLV, October 19th at 10 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs rested up this week thanks to their first official bye week. Like I just noted, they will get UNLV, and pretty much nobody will want to watch this huge mismatch.

Nevada: Bye

@Boise State, October 19th at 8 PM ET at Bronco Stadium. For years it did not matter how great or good Boise State was, the Nevada game was always a grind. They always played us well during the Ault era, for the most part anyway. Ault is gone, and the Pack have a winning percentage of less than 35% all-time without Ault. Will the series become lop-sided, or will Saturday’s game turn into another must-watch?


Its homecoming week! Be sure to soak up all the fun on Saturday! A MWC Championship berth is still in reach for this young team. Here’s hoping we make a run at winning out. Go Broncos!!! #BleedBlue

Monday MWC Review Week 6

The MWC only had a handful of games on Saturday, with 4 teams on byes and 3 teams playing on Friday. That said, the MWC Championship race might have been altered in an unfortunate way. Let’s take a look at what happened…

BYU @ Utah St.

Result: Cougars 31-14

Recap: The Cougars and Aggies have a long-standing history of playing each other, but only recently has the competitiveness of this rivalry taken off. The Aggies came into the night sporting the most experienced MWC team, and possibly the best. The game started off ugly with Chuckie Keeton throwing a pick-six to Kyle Van Noy. It was ugly, but credit Van Noy for seeing that pass coming. The Aggies responded with their own touchdown and it appeared we were headed for a classic Friday night game. Then it happened. Keeton came down very awkwardly on his left knee, and laid down on the ground writhing in pain. After seeing the replay, it was clear Keeton was done. Not just for the night, but for the season. The defense responded with a ton of energy after that, as did the crowd, but Craig Harrison and the offense were clearly not the same without Keeton. Taysom Hill still looked inaccurate as ever, but he managed to score a few times against the stout Aggies defense and the Cougars leave Logan with what some would consider a surprising win, but disappointing considering the circumstances.

Next up for the Aggies: Boise State, October 12th at 8 PM ET at Romney Stadium. Everyone’s calenders have been marked for months. Many fans and pundits tabbed this game as the determining factor for who represents the Mountain Division in the inaugural MWC Championship game on December 7th. That opportunity is still there for USU, but clearly their chances have been shaken by the loss of Keeton. This is still a very good team with the MWC’s best defense. They are only a 7-point underdog as of Sunday. But it will take a great effort from the Aggie defense to slow Joe Southwick and the Bronco offense enough to win. I think this game will still be close, but Keeton’s absence is the difference. I am predicting the Broncos to win 33-24.

Nevada @ San Diego St.

Result: Aztecs 51-44

Recap: While most Bronco fans were likely scouting out the Aggies on Friday, the Wolf Pack and Aztecs renewed their fresh rivalry that started with last years thriller in Reno. This game didn’t disappoint. The Aztecs controlled the game with a dominant rushing attack led by Adam Muema and Donnel Pumphrey, who both rushed for over 100 yards. The Aztecs had a commanding 44-23 lead going into the 4th quarter. Surely they would put away the Wolf Pack, right? Nope, the Aztecs channeled their Oregon State-game form and allowed a crazy comeback led by Cody Fajardo, who rallied 21 points in the 4th to send this game to overtime. Quinn Kaehler, the walk-on Jr. QB for the Aztecs scored on a 13-yard TD pass in the first half of OT to give the Aztecs a 51-44 lead, and Fajardo and the Pack offense fell short in the following half. The Aztecs continue to confuse MWC fans, but they managed to secure this win.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: @Boise State, October 19th at 8 PM ET at Bronco Stadium. The Wolf Pack limp into the bye week giving up tons of points on defense in the first month of the season. They will need the rest as their next opponent sends them back on the road to Boise, Idaho.

Next up for the Aztecs: @Air Force, October 10th at 9 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. So San Diego State played on a Friday night, but somehow still has a short week? A Thursday night game leads the Aztecs to Colorado Springs where they take on a demoralized Air Force teams dealing with issues on and off the field. This is a potential trap game for the Aztecs, and you know what? I’m calling it. This team has been as inconsistent as any other MWC team. My projected result: Falcons win 41-40. I apologize in advance for the jinx, Falcons fans.

Air Force @ Navy

Result: Midshipmen 28-10

Recap: Speaking of Air Force! The Falcons did have the privilege of travelling to Annapolis to play this game. The government shutdown almost led to the cancellation of this game, but they managed to make it work. Unfortunately, the Falcons issues continued on the east coast. The offense was stymied by a Midshipmen defense that knows their offense as good as the Falcons themselves do. The Midshipmen stretched out the lead in the 2nd half and cruised to a 28-10 win. The Falcons are having a really rough year.

Next up for the Falcons: San Diego State, October 10th at 9 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. Thursday night football! And no, this isn’t one of those terrible NFL games on Thursdays. As stated in previous paragraphs, I see an entertaining game occurring as the Falcons finally see positives arise from their perseverance. Maybe.

Fresno St. @ Idaho

Result: Bulldogs 61-14

Recap: Doom goes the dynamite. Both the Bulldogs and Vandals did as expected. Derek Carr and the Bulldog offense ravaged the Vandals defense, and the Vandals did Vandal things in the process, like trying to intentionally hurt Derek Carr with late hits. Literally, Paul Petrino instructed his players to commit such vile acts. Just when you think the Vandal image is a tad hyperbolas on the part of Broncos fans, this happens. I guess that’s why we don’t play them anymore. Fresno dominated from beginning to end, not much more to say beyond that. They played RBs I didn’t know they had.

Next up for the Bulldogs: UNLV, October 19th at 10 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs get a much-needed bye week this upcoming weekend, and then a tussle with UNLV at home. Its unlikely the Bulldogs will be challenged much before the MWC title game, but I guess we’ll see. For now, a breather for the Dogs.

New Mexico St. @ New Mexico

Result: Lobos 66-17

Recap: Holy eye-opening score line batman! The Lobos were not messing around this week. Cole Gautsche and Kasey Carrier ran all over the Aggies in the 1st half to a 42-14 lead, and coasted from there. This was never a contest. Hard to make any conclusions considering how bad-to-average the Lobos have looked up until this game, but a blowout win is what the doctor ordered for these guys.

Next up for the Lobos: @Wyoming, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The line has crawled up to 15.5 points in favor of the Cowboys. So despite the sudden out-burst, Vegas is expecting Wyoming to still whack the Lobos pretty good in Laramie. Wyoming is coming off of an awful loss to Texas State, who in turn got blown out themselves this weekend. Will the Lobos pull off the upset, or will Wyoming reestablish order after a rough bye week? I’m going with the latter. I predict the Pokes win 48-24.

San Jose St. @ Hawaii

Result: Spartans 37-27

Recap: This was one of the harder games to pick going into the weekend, and it proved to be a back-and-forth game. The Rainbow Warriors jumped out to a quick 14-3 lead and looked good doing it. Sean Schroeder appeared to be in a rhythm, but after that point the Rainbow Warriors struggled the rest of the way. The offense seemed like it was lacking effort from the offensive line, and the defense was all over the place. Outside of CB Ne’Quan Phillips, the Hawaii defense stunk it up. Fales was hitting WRs and TEs who were wide open, and even the MWC’s worst running game was effective! Odd for a Hawaii defense who had been pretty good up until now.

Next up for the Spartans: @Colorado State, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Spartans bounced back well from the trouncing Utah State gave them. Now we get a battle of the two MWC teams nobody can tell if they’re good, average, or bad. Both have had their good moments, and their bad ones. I expect one of the more entertaining games of the week to occur in Ft. Collins. My projected result: Rams 44-40.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @UNLV, October 12th at 8:05 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. This Norm Chow era is starting to look like the dreaded Fred Von Appen era from 1996-1998 for Hawaii. Vegas has proved to be a tough place for UH to get results. In 2011 they went to Vegas as a 20-point favorite and lost by 20! I expect another Rebels win. UNLV 41, Hawaii 20.

Boise State: Bye

@Utah State, October 12th at 8:00 PM ET at Romney Stadium. After a bye week that allowed the injury-ridden Broncos to heal up, they travel to Logan for a huge game with Championship implications, even if the hype surrounding the game isn’t the same. Expect a ton of orange to be in that crowd on Saturday.

Colorado State: Bye

San Jose State, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Rams are coming off a win against UTEP and a week off. Expect a thriller between these two high-scoring teams who cannot play defense to save their lives.


Hawaii, October 12th at 8:05 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels stomped on New Mexico going into the bye week and now host a Hawaii team who has little hope going forward. The Rebels have had UH’s number at home this passed decade, and I don’t think that will end this weekend.

Wyoming: Bye

New Mexico, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. It snowed this weekend in Laramie, so the Cowboys not only got to enjoy their pathetic blowout loss to Texas St. for an extra week, but it was really cold too. Expect the Cowboys to come out very angry against the Lobos.


That’s it for this weeks MWC review, hope many of you are making the trip to Logan when the Broncos take on the Aggies. Go Broncos! #BleedBlue

Boise State Basketball Finale: Broncos Hope For Revenge VS Aztecs

Derrick Marks, Chase Tapley

The Boise State men’s basketball team (20-9, 8-7 MWC) will play host to the San Diego State Aztecs (21-8, 9-6) tonight in what is the regular season finale for both teams. Fans that have been unhappy with the television exposure for the basketball team this season will be pleased to know that the game will be nationally televised by NBC Sports Network (1:30 PM mountain time, DirecTV 220, DISH network 151, CableOne 326).

The Broncos are seeking their first win in program history over San Diego State. They are a combined 0-5 against the Aztecs including an 0-4 mark since becoming Mountain West Conference foes last season. Three of those losses have been by three or fewer points counting their meeting earlier this year when Aztec Chase Tapley hit a three pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining to give the Aztecs a 63-62 victory. The Broncos went in to the half down by 17 and used the last 20 minutes to overcome the deficit before succumbing to the Tapley three. To say the Broncos want revenge is an understatement.

As an NCAA Tournament bubble team, a win on Saturday is practically essential.

sdsu v bsu

Oh, and they also have a football loss to avenge.

Ironically, the Broncos biggest loss margin against SDSU in the past two seasons has come in their only meeting at Taco Bell Arena when the Broncos fell 66-53. But things are looking up this time around as the Broncos boast a 13-1 home record with the only loss coming in overtime against New Mexico. San Diego State, meanwhile, is a combined 4-5 in true road games. While the Aztecs home, Viejas Arena, is known as one of the toughest places in the country to play, Taco Bell Arena has a higher capacity. With a near sellout crowd expected, TBA should be rocking and packed tighter than a Grilled Stuft Burrito.

Though the Aztecs have many weapons, the statistical leader in points (17.1), assists (3.3), and rebounds (9.2) is Jamaal Franklin. You might recognize the name from the Sports Center highlight of the ridiculous alley-oop he assisted to himself off the backboard against Fresno State earlier this season. He might also be the only Division I basketball player who enjoys playing in long sleeves.

The two teams, statistically, almost mirror each other; a fact that is reflected by their records and previous meeting. The Broncos lead the Aztecs in points per game (73.7 to 69.9), field goals made (26.0-25.0), 3-pointers made per game (8.0-6.0), assists (13.4-12.5) and turnovers (12.1-12.0). The Aztecs lead in free throws made (13.9-13.7), and rebounds (37.1-33.9). The two teams are tied in steals at 6.7 per game.

The recent close losses in basketball. The unlikely football upset. And while San Diego State is basically assured a spot in the NCAA tournament, the Broncos need this win to further their case as an at-large team. With everything on the line, the Broncos will not be lacking motivation.

NOTE: The Boise State Broncos will celebrate lone senior, Kenny Buckner, before the start of the game.

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