BTN Predictions: San Jose State

Predictions-LogoDerek – That bad, rumbling feeling I have in my stomach is either from gorging myself with Turkey or the feeling Boise State football has given me from the past two weeks.  Either way, a little afternoon football on the couch should solve the problem.  Everything about this game should play into the Broncos hands:  San José’s horrible rush defense, a pro-style offense that our D is great at stopping, a short week (and long travel to and from Hawaii) for the Spartans, oh and it’s not on The Blue™ (ouch). I think this will be a bounce-back game for our team, and if they are not motivated after the past two weeks, then they never will be.  Broncos win big.  Boise State 47 San Jose 17

Noel – I missed last week but I’m pretty sure I would have picked the Broncos. This week, I’m also going to pick the Broncos. I think this is an “easier” game for the defense because there isn’t assignment football going on. I think the D makes a stand. Hopefully, Brett will have a stellar game, the McWeapon will go off, and Sperbeck gets a record or two. We’ll go with Boise State 52 San Jose State 20

Tami – Going with my gut here – this is going to be closer than anybody thinks. The Broncos have had this way of playing to their opponent that has been infuriating, and just like defending the triple option poorly, the reason behind it seems to be made of magic and riddles. The Broncos are still a target, and everybody wants their shot. However, Boise State is still going to Boise State and the speed gap alone should be enough to win comfortably. Broncos – 42 Spartans  28

Josh – I had a bad feeling about last week’s game so for the first time I predicted a loss, sadly to come true. Not this week. Boise is more than overdue for their comeback game and I feel good it will be their last regular season game against San José State. They have the #1 pass defense in the NCAA so McNichols will have to carry a big load of the offense. Defense will try to limit big plays against the #3 passing offense in the MW but of course we will still see 1-2 explosive plays – I really hope they fix this in the off-season. Broncos get the win to finish their season and get momentum going into their bowl game. Late scores by Boise skew the score. Let’s pray and hope they aren’t actually going to use the triple option, at least not effectively. Boise State 41 SJSU 17

Jonathan- There is no way Boise loses 3 straight….right? If you would have asked me about this game before the season I would have put Boise 40-50 points over San José. But after seeing what this season had in store for us I’m not so sure. Our boys still have a lot to play for, we may not be headed to the Fiesta Bowl or a championship game but there is still pride. I think the Broncos need to go into this game and find themselves, they need to dig deep and play for pride. There is a reason every one of these guys picked Boise State instead of other schools offers. Whether it was Boise’s winning atmosphere or the blue-collar attitude of the players and community, they need to play for that. There is no doubt that this team is really good, there is loads of talent on both sides of the ball.
I believe the Broncos will figure it out. I think the offense will start clicking this week and carry it into the bowl game and onto next season. San José will put up a good fight as they are looking to head to a bowl game with a win but the Broncos will edge them out. To much McNichols for San Jose to handle. (Still this bad feeling in my gut though)
Boise State 31 San Jose 20

Bronco Feedbag: San Jose State

feedbagFeedbag is pretty easy this week.

Being that today is the day after Thanksgiving, all of your menu items have been prepared, they just need to be re-assembled in new and exciting ways! Turkey sandwiches! Stuffing Sandwiches! Mashed potato sandwiches! Lemon pie sandwiches!

For your beverage choices hopefully you still have some sort of beer sampler pack type of assortment in your fridge, or a few ounces of vodka, rum, or whiskey left in each bottle.  If not, there is always that half-drank bottle of white zinfandel that your aunt brought over!

Be sure to pace yourself today – we have football at 1:30 and basketball at 3:30!

Happy tablegating! Go Broncos!

Win or Lose – Bleed Blue

The Horned Frogs took down the Broncos by one point Saturday at Bronco Stadium. (Cody FInney/ The Arbiter)

Surrender Cobras are rare in these parts


Boise State sits here today at a 7-4 record after a devastating lost Friday night on The Blue on senior night. Some fans don’t know how to react (and some former players too, right Bertoli?) and other brush it off as a bad year with a true freshman QB. We have to think back to find a season as bad as this, way back to 2013. Wait 2013? Yep that’s right in 2013 Chris Petersen lead the Broncos to a 8-4 record and then he left us for dead in our bowl game for a final record of 8-5 on the season. Yes folks Chris Petersen had a bad year. And for the bring back Prince talk? He was leading our offense that year.

Let’s face it we all like winning.  In fact, we have gotten use to winning. We have Kellen Moore to thank for that. Three losses in his entire career and we have four this year. Young Rypien has already had as many losses this season as Moore had his entire career. Sure Brett could go undefeated the rest of his career and finish with only three losses, it’s possible. Or there is this to consider – Brett Rypien is not Kellen Moore. I know that’s a scary thought to some. Brett Rypien is Brett Rypien. Coach Harsin is not Coach Pete. This team is not the 50-3 senior class.

This team needs Bronco Nation’s support. This team needs to see us support them. They need to see a fan base behind them and not a bandwagon. I woke up this morning to find so many people tweeting “bleed blue”. I loved that. Winning did not lead me to this team. It was the blue-collar attitude that the players and fan base had. It was the family atmosphere that I felt when engaging with fans. It was going to a game in San Jose and seeing more Bronco fans than I did San Jose fans. It was turning to a stranger and getting a high-five after a Bronco touchdown. Watching Kellen Moore knife through the defense was an added bonus. Watching Doug Martin run back an opening kick off for a TD was a bonus. Watching Jay Ajayi’s Statue of Liberty in the Fiesta Bowl was a bonus. And seeing Brett Rypien play has been a bonus. Let’s face it this kid will be good. He is not Kellen Moore and no one will ever be. But he needs us just like we need him. This team has two games left and can finish a respectable 9-4. Let’s stand behind them and support our boys.

I don’t know about you but win or lose I bleed blue.

Brett Rypien’s Toughness

What do J.J. Watt and Brett Rypien have in common?

When you see the NFL’s defensive MVP and Boise State’s starting QB you probably can’t see much they have in common.

But both J.J. and Brett grew up playing another sport other than football, hockey. Now simply playing the same sport isn’t why I mention it. Just about everyone knows that hockey is one of the roughest sports around. Football also being a sport that requires a high level of toughness.

bloody nose JJ

So why is them both playing hockey as a youth worth mentioning? Because either they were born tough, or hockey made them that way. Or maybe a little of both. Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt has continually shown his toughness playing despite sickness, injury, or bloody noses. Rypien has shown his toughness this year getting right back up after taking multiple hits in the backfield. Whether he stands in the pocket after a throw, or is simply taken down, Brett has taken a lot of hits in his first year as starting quarterback. In his first start against Virginia Brett Rypien was sacked three times, and knocked down more. Coach Harsin said “the requirement of toughness is number one. He showed that in that game.” Later in the season taking the snaps against Utah State, the Aggies were able to sack him four times. Yet he continues to get right back up.

Rypien sack

Photo courtesy Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

So how much has hockey played a role in developing this toughness? Doing a little research about Rypien’s prior involvement in the sport, The Idaho Statesman found that “he played youth hockey from ages 5 to 10” which they said attributed to Brett’s development through sports.

In the ESPN special E:60, J.J. Watt stated that he played hockey from ages 3 to 13 and recently started skating as part of his off-season workouts.

Watt hockey

Both of these players have demonstrated toughness on the football field, and no matter how much green is on Brett Rypien’s jersey he will continue to show how tough he is. Boise State fans can thank hockey for helping to create a real tough quarterback.

Interesting Facts:

Instead of wearing Kellen Moore’s #11, Brett chose #4 because it was his hockey number.

Brett Rypien’s cousin Rick was an NHL player, who was known for his hitting and fighting.

Rick Rypien

Rick Rypien

BTN Predictions: Air Force Falcons


Derek –  Listen, I am not ever going to predict a Boise State loss.  This is a homer blog and I am going to make homer picks.  That does not mean I can not be slightly realistic when it comes to games.  I have picked close games before (I think) and I may again.  This will not be one of them. We lost on the Blue last week.  It is senior night this week.  The last time we lost back-to-back games at home was in 1997.  It ain’t happening again this week. I don’t know if Air Force is feeling particularly confident, but whoever is running their social media is:

AF Tweet

Unless whoever is tweeting for them is a player, I have as much of a right to be confident as they do – neither of us have anything to do with the outcome.  It will not be pretty for the Falcons.  All of those dropped balls and overthrown passes last week will be completions this week, and all of those runs that were almost broke will be broken.  The ball will bounce our way this week.  Boise State 45 AF 10 #BEATEMDOWN

Josh – I bleed blue in every vein in my body but nightmares from last year continue to haunt me. Vegas must feel pretty lucky selecting Boise State as a favorite in this game, and I kinda wish they made the Broncos an underdog because they seem to play their best games that way. Air Force is very similar to the last team to break Boise’s 18-game home win streak, yet they’re more effective and have a better passing game. Double uh-oh (our secondary is definitely our weakest link right now). It seems the triple option will forever doom the Broncos. Keys to a Boise State win would be limited big plays, red zone efficiency, and PROTECTING THE FOOTBALL. Turnovers are pastries, and also the biggest factor in whether or not you win a football game. With Boise’s recent struggles, they would need to play at 120% to come out with the W- which is totally doable. I really hope Harsin prints and tapes Air Force’s tweet in the locker room to fire them up. Air Force 31 Boise State 27 :(    p.s. I’m also hoping by predicting Boise losing that by some reverse-magnetic magical changing fate that it makes them win (Football fans are pretty superstitious-all my Boise State friends blame me attending the New Mexico game for the loss)

Jonathan– Boise State lost last week to an opposition that clearly they should have dominated. But did they beat us or did we beat ourselves? Boise State has not lost 2 games in a row since 2007 and I don’t see that happening this week. The option has always been tough for Boise to handle but I think the defense finds a way to handle it tonight. There is no way this senior class will lose this game. It is a must win if the Broncos want to have a shot at the Mountain West championship game. I also think the offense goes off tonight. Rypien will have this receiving core back on track and catches will be made unlike last week when the receivers couldn’t catch a cold. I believe Boise State dominated this game, but it will be a tough fought game. Boise State 41 Air Force 17

Tami – I really hope that everyone else is correct in calling for a blowout and I am more wrong than ever before, but I just can’t see this being a big win for the Broncos, or even a comfortable one. Possibly, not even a win at all. AFA is a good football team. Boise should be a better football team, but not if they can’t defend successfully or score more than 33% of the time from the red zone. The unthinkable will become sudden reality unless those things are fixed. I’m picking a Bronco win here because Vegas (Boise +0.5) and Homerism, but this thing is going to be just stupidly, infuriatingly close. The season is saved on a Rau$a clutch kick. Broncos 30, Zoomies 27.