The team at The Bulldog Bounce, a Fresno State blog agreed to do a Q&A with BTN. We enjoyed the opportunity and look forward to a great game Friday night. The first series of questions are asked of BTN and our contributor Derek Castle provided the answers followed by the questions asked by BTN for TBB.
1.) How strange is it after the past five years for you to look at the statistics and see a Fresno State QB with more passing yards than Boise State’s best QB ever Kellen Moore?
Derek Carr is putting up some great numbers so far. He is definitely living up to the hype (and bloodlines). Am I surprised he has more passing yards than Moore? Not at all. The main reason his yards are a little below Carr’s is because Moore has been working with a short field all year. Our punter is averaging 40.53 yards per punt, our defense is keeping teams pinned back, and Mitch Burroughs is leading the Mountain West Conference in punt returns with a 15 yard per return average, with Chris Potter second in the MWC with a 12.17 yard per return average. All these factors combined add up to a great field position for Kellen Moore and Boise State. The most important statistic to look at (and the one Chris Petersen stresses) is his 73.9% completion percentage, compared to Carr’s 61.2%. Kellen is simply very accurate and always seems to find the open man.
Here is the link to Let’s Go Rockets post. They are a class act and were great to work with! This is the second year we have had the pleasure to team up with OBNUG. Last season we had a similar opportunity with the Va Tech blog Gobbler Country. Below are the Let’s Go Rockets answers to questions from BTN.
1.) Boise State is known for it’s Blue Turf. The Rockets play in the Glass Bowl, could you tell us about the name and its origins?
The Glass Bowl is so named because of the heavy impact of the glass industry on Toledo, also known as the Glass City. Several large glass companies have their origins in Toledo and the industry has always been a driving force in Toledo’s economy.
Blue Turf Nation contributor Derek Castle answers questions for the Toledo Football Blog Let’s Go Rockets. You can follow Derek on twitter @Keleka24
1.) Boise State has a unique position in college football and in the minds of college football fans after years of repeated success playing the “outsider”. What advantage / disadvantage does being in that unique role afford your program ?
Boise State’s role of underdog or “Cinderella” has helped it build a huge national following. For a school that is perceived as having such little tradition or history as far as most college football fans are concerned, there is quite a large following of fans across the country and even the world, that 10 years ago may have never even heard of Boise State University. This has helped Boise State grow both its athletics and academics at an astounding pace. On the flip side are the fans and media who feel we have not earned our place in college football because of lack of tradition and history. Because of Boise State’s short history in FBS football, there is a lack of credibility with mainstream media and traditional college football fans, to the point where many of our football team’s greatest achievements are dismissed as luck, or success that could not be achieved or sustained in the “big boy” conferences, or “week in and week out”.
Kevin McGuire from the College Football Examiner Podcast interviewed me today as part of his preview of the Las Vegas Bowl. We talked a variety of topics including a quick review the 2010 season, what to expect at the Las Vegas Bowl, and the future of the program. I did the interview with my iPhone using the Skype App and I must say it sounds much better than I thought it would. Let me know how I did representing Bronco Nation and the Broncos. Go Broncos
Here is the link to the show, scroll towards the bottom. Also I recommend if you are a college football fan the show is worth a subscription as well check that out here.
I had a chance to ask Brian Nowicki of Rocket Nation 5 questions about the Toledo Rockets. Finding out about an opponent that Boise State has never faced what pretty interesting. I also found out that Rocket Nation will soon become a rivals.com affiliate, which is also something I did not know. Below is the Q&A session. Enjoy.
How did Toledo come up with the Name “Glass Bowl” for their Home Stadium
The city of Toledo was once known as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass. Glass Bowl Stadium was built in 1936 as part of the Works Progress Administration project as the country was coming out of the Great Depression. It was mostly paid for by a grant from the federal government, with the city of Toledo and the University of Toledo paying for a smaller portion of the project. The Glass Bowl Stadium name was selected to honor the city’s known popularity as the “Glass Capital of the World.”
Blue Turf Nation will be doing a Blog Swap with Rocket Nation they are a newer Toledo Rockets Blog and they soon will be a rivals.com affiliate. You should see the Q & A from both sides in the next few days. In the mean time here is their latest post about Boise State. This is their take on what to expect in Saturdays match-up.
Blue Turf Nation had a chance to do a Blog Swap Q & A about the New Mexico State and Boise State with Sam Wasson – Editor of bleedCRIMSON.net a comprehensive blog for The New Mexico State Aggies. Below are the questions we asked and his responses.
BTN: With a new coaching staff with a defensive background how long do you think it will take before The Aggies become known for their defense like Boise State?
BC: That’s a great question. One of the big surprises, and not a good surprise either, has been the struggles of the defense this season in year two. Last season the defense played well enough for the Aggies to have won probably two or three more games than they did but the offense couldn’t keep up. This year the defense has given up close to 500 yards in each of the first three games. I think it will probably take another three recruiting classes to really get the depth and type of players that Coach Walker and his staff really need to make New Mexico State’s defense a top 30, 20, 10 defense.
Sam Wasson, the editor of bleedCRIMSON.net has agreed to a Blog Swap with BTN. This one could get bloody! Here is the link to their recent swap with our friends at OBNUG. Check out answers from OBNUG and BTN in “Know The Foe“.
Below are the answers to BTN’s questions for Jason of The OSU Beaver Football Blog. Click here to read what he asked BTN and the answers. The OSU Beaver Football Blog, like BTN is an independent perspective and they do a great job keeping The Beaver Fan Base up to date.
BTN: Your practicing on blue turf, does the team really think this will help?
BFB: I think it will help the players mentally-which is valuable. But it’s not going to cure all the problems the team has. I think it’s a nice coaching gimmick, but that is it.
BTN: How does the fan base feel about ESPN’s College Game Day showcasing the game?
BFB: It doesn’t matter. I think it is fun for BSU fans who attend the game. All the lights/camera’s, the national stage, are great, but they don’t impact the game.
BTN: I have predicted Boise State will go to the Rose Bowl and play the winner of The Civil War, how would you feel about a rematch in Pasedena?
BFB: If OSU keeps the game close and loses, then a rematch would be great but not likely. It’s going to take an act of god for OSU to go undefeated in the Pac-1o this year. ASU/UofA/UofO/Stanford look really tough. If BSU loses, I doubt they will get a bid to the Rose Bowl.