BTN Playoff Rankings & Access Bowl Rankings

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1.) Florida State

2.) Alabama

3.) TCU

4.) Oregon

On the outside looking in – Baylor, Ohio State.

Breakdown:  When nothing changes, nothing changes, I know profound statement made there. For me though I am sticking to my guns here for another week. Florida State looked like they were gonna lose again, but still, found a way to win. I am really hoping Florida pulls off a miracle but we will see. The rest for me need no more explaining, they maintain where they stand in my rankings.


Access Bowl Rankings

1.) Boise State

2.) Marshall

3.) Colorado State

4.) Cincinnati

5.) I don’t even know

Look, if I said after watching the Wyoming game that I was going to put Boise State #1 and not Marshall, people would think I was liar. Though I did think about it long and hard, the committee making Boise State the #1 team out of the little guys made me change it. I still won’t waver at the idea that Marshall deserves some respect, and to some degree sympathy (that is changing though with their attacks on BSU). The rest of the group outside of CSU, Marshall, and BSU is getting out of control. Everyone keeps losing to each other. So at this point, I am just going to leave it at 4 and hope nothing insane happens to end the season.


 

Noel

1)Florida State

2)Alabama

3)Oregon

4)TCU

On the outside looking in: Mississippi State, Ohio State

Breakdown:  I refuse to put Florida State out of the top spot.  The simple reasons: they are the defending National Champions and they haven’t lost for almost 2 years.  Alabama beat a previously undefeated team so they jump one-loss Oregon.  I believe that the 1-4 and 2-3 match-ups would be the most compelling so I like where this sits. Unfortunately for Mississippi State, unless ‘Bama loses the Iron Bowl, they’re out.  That leaves Ohio State….they won’t get anything because of the loss to Virginia Tech and a game against an underwhelming Michigan squad.


Access Bowl Rankings

1)Boise State

2)Marshall

3)Georgia Southern

4)Northern Illinois

5)Colorado State

Breakdown:  When the Broncos manhandled Wyoming and Marshall struggled against UAB, it was clear that, despite the record, Boise State was the better team (in my opinion).  With a win against a 9-3 Utah State, there’s no way the Herd thunders by the Broncos.  I’m leaving Georgia Southern at 3 because I hate the problems the triple option provide.  Northern Illinois gives us a bit of Mac-tion here and Colorado State, poor Rams, get to stay at 5.  They have no chance unless Boise State and Marshall both stumble.


 Tami

1.) Florida State

2.) Oregon

3.) Alabama

4.) TCU

(On the outside: Ohio State, Mississippi State)

Breakdown: Poll doesn’t change, I don’t change. The Noles should get past the Gators, although it is a rivalry game and FSU likes to play ‘em close so anything is possible. The Ducks likely won’t go down this weekend either. Bama could lose the Iron Bowl, but it’s a tossup. TCU had a really convincing win over Texas, but if Ohio State beats Michigan in the same fashion, who knows what could happen. This season could come down to which is the worse whipping boy – the Horns or the Wolverines. Hopefully TCU can stick around, because I can’t think of anything more boring than Ohio State making the playoff.


Access Bowl Rankings

1.) Boise State

2.) Marshall

3.) Colorado State

4.) Northern Illinois

5.) Georgia Southern

Breakdown: I have become what I hate. Sorry, Marshall, but the committee has spoken. If Boise State beats Utah State and wins the conference, they are going to play in the Fiesta Bowl. If Boise State loses, it’s likely Colorado State would jump Marshall as well. It feels quite hypocritical to punish Marshall for going undefeated, but when you think about Boise State getting hosed in the polls all those times for losing a close game, and you take an objective look at a fan base that travels well to Glendale, is a known quantity, and will for sure put on a good show and get eyeballs on the TV…well…it’s easy to see why the committee did what they did. Northern Illinois and Georgia Southern are there because they technically are the next two decent options, but we all know that unless the chaos monster comes out fast and furious tomorrow, they are not likely to be playing for all the Vizios.

Marshall who? Utah State is Next!

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I am one of those people who often cringe when fans says “we” need to stay focused on a certain opponent or tasks. Ultimately, l I believe that is the team and coaches job. However the excitement of last night’s rankings have seemed to switch the narrative of a lot of people. Somehow, Boise State has gone from playing Utah State to playing Marshall in the minds of some. The fact of the matter though is that Utah State is the only team Boise State is playing, and the only thing that really matters. It shouldn’t take much to remind Boise State fans that just because we control our destiny doesn’t mean we will…*cough Nevada, cough TCU, cough cough San Diego State*… I know that hurts, but it is the truth and it sucks. So more than focusing on Marshall, fans in this case actually do need to focus on Utah State, because frankly, Utah State is not an easy game by any means. Don’t believe me? Read Tami’s Attack the Opponent here. Utah State brings a team that won’t quit to “The Blue” and the fans can play a role in changing this game, and the coaches and school are depending on it.



So as much as the narrative has switched to Boise State vs Marshall. Just remember that Boise State vs Utah State is what matters. More importantly, you showing up and supporting the Broncos matters. Be loud, be proud, and show the world Boise State deserves these rankings from the players to the fans in the stands. Then, if “we” can win these possible next two games, then “we” can focus on the rankings, and Boise State vs Marshall.

Attack the Opponent: Utah State Aggies

Earlier this year, I questioned Utah State’s depth and Coach Wells’ ability to recruit quarterbacks, especially four deep. I was incorrect. After Mr. Keaton went down with a broken leg, and then two more qb’s got injured, who could have known that Kent Meyers would step in and play exceedingly well and lead the Aggies to five straight wins?

Utah State is worrisome, on paper. They are holding teams under 18.5 ppg, top in the MWC vs. the run, with a top 25 in the country pass defense. They have only been under 400 total yards of offense once since Meyers took the helm. The Aggies do have a fairly balanced attack, if a little run heavy. They don’t turn the ball over much. They don’t get many penalties. Losing Chuckie Keaton, and then two more backups on top of it, was thought to be the death blow for this team and they just didn’t stop fighting. Are the Aggies as dangerous as they sound?

Probably not. The toughest team they’ve faced is Colorado State, and they lost that one.

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Colorado State fans are getting a little twitchy, waiting for Boise State to lose. It could be a while, guys.

This is a strong statement: Boise State could’ve beaten most teams in the country on Saturday night. I also believe it’s a correct statement. The Broncos scored in all phases of the game and looked beautiful. They ran STATUE! They made SportsCenter. The backups got to play, for goodness sakes. (Can I just say, Ryan Finley. He could’ve became a head-case, instead he stepped up and made a big play and redeemed himself. That lack of quit is a positive trait that all Broncos should share. Loved it.)

It was less about the opponent for the Broncos, but about executing. About starting fast and not letting up. About not being afraid to make a play and trusting the guys next to you. Really, that’s what lacked last season. The 2014 Broncos aren’t scared to go in for the kill and play the hero. Who doesn’t want to see that?! Are you not entertained, Bronco Nation?! We’re in dreamland, with only a bunch of Aggies between Boise State and their goal of a conference championship. An underdog team from Utah who are just wanting chaos because their own dreams died weeks ago won’t be enough.

Boise State has to stay focused. The J-Train is capable of running over lesser defenses, and McNichols is just such a good compliment. Utah State thinks they have The Answer for Shane Williams-Rhodes, but that would be a first for anybody. Wouldn’t it be epic to see Sanford call Statue again just to remind the Aggies of their place on the low side of the scoreboard and then run the ball up their gut for a few quarters?

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I guess getting trucked by Ajayi and then sacked by Correa counts as punishment.

Anything is possible. I suppose the Broncos could get cocky and start slowly again and Utah State could play outta their mind and then the weather could go to crap and Bronco Nation could abandon ship to warmer digs and Boise State could be in real trouble. But this team? The team that played so well on Saturday night that fans on twitter were reduced to hysterical giggling. This Boise State, that has so much confidence in themselves and the team, won’t be outclassed at home on Senior Night.

The game at Albertson’s Stadium next Saturday night is arguably the most important game since the Michigan State game in 2012. We’re lucky – while many thought at the start of the season that Boise State v. USU could have championship implications, we never dreamed it would be because the top 3 teams at the top of the Mountain division are legitimately good football teams. It’s turning CSU fans into Wyoming and Utah State fans, it’s turning Boise State fans into Fresno fans…its mass anarchy and isn’t that what college football is all about? Showing up on Saturday isn’t for you and it isn’t for the coaches. It’s for those young men who showed up for every practice and every meeting and every session in the weight room or climbing Table Rock for 4 or 5 years. For watching Pleasantville: Bronco Edition fall apart before their eyes in a golden spray from a balcony in Hawaii, and then for picking up the pieces and embracing Harsin and the new ideas and running with them. Those guys deserve a few hours of your time. A raucous, crazy Bronco Albertson’s Stadium is the least we can do, after a weekend of celebration and family and all that comes with it, to support and thank those guys who have given us so many great reasons to smile and be happy over the last few seasons.

The opponent doesn’t matter this week either. All that matters is that there is one, their name is Utah State, and they are in the way of the first outright Mountain West championship for Boise State, ever. Just win, baby. Good things will happen. Go Broncos!tumblr_inline_n9n6fo8PIk1qgt12i

This Week at the Diggity’s – Week 13 (Why oh WYO?)

Today was a tough day for me.  It’s the first Saturday of the season that I haven’t been able to completely veg out and just watch football. The reason…JOB TRAINING.  I’m thankful for a late game at this point.  Take a look at the uniform combo and enjoy your evening.

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It seems to me that Vern Lundquist and Gary Danielson, and maybe all of CBS, is rooting for Alabama over Mississippi State….If you don’t pay attention, the Crock Pot Hook Up System sounds like a dating site for people who use slow cookers….I get frustrated with the Broncos sometimes too but I never give up on them. It seems like every time the Boys get down, Twitter gets dumb as hell....After a tough first half, the Broncos are down 20-10. Man the stadium emptied out quickly too….Another amazing second half performance out scoring SDSU 28-9 on the way to a 38-29 victory. A Cleshawn Page interception and a conversion of a fake punt were the big plays. We snapped the Aztec curse….It’s crazy how people will believe some stupid stuff on the internet but won’t use that same Internet to prove or disprove  that stupid stuff….This week is a bit different  with the weekly bowl predictions. It seems Both Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach have the Broncos in the Fiesta Bowl against UCLA. That would be a tough game against one of the best quarterbacks in the country….I am not quite sure why I did it but I deleted my list of football games that I watched last week. Dumb Noel! Dumb….Hey VH1! There is no real reason that you need to air a reality show about Gerardo.  There is nothing “Rico Suave” about bringing him back….When Oklahoma City and Denver play, it affords me the opportunity to laugh like a 12-year old. That’s because the bottom line reads “Thunder-Nuggets”. If that’s not funny, I don’t know what to say to you….We were watching the “Today Show” and Al Roker was doing a Thanksgiving recipe that he grew up with. It was called Sweet Potato Poon.  As you can probably guess, “Poon” jokes were abundant. I thought they were doing a late night show, not one in the early morning…..I swear, even before cannabis legalization, there were too many references to 420 in this state. I should open a food truck that serves Funyuns and Abba Zabbas down by campus though….On paper and record-wise, Boise State is a better team. But, they don’t start well and that is an issue, especially on the road. I do give the edge to the Broncos in this one though. I think that, despite the wind, Grant will be able to get short to mid-range routes consistently and Jay may have his best all-around game as the ground game will have to be featured later in the evening.  The defense will keep the Cowboys under 300 yards.  You heard it here!  Boise State 38, Wyoming 13.

The song of the week is self-explanatory.  Never forget!

 

Have an amazing week.  We’ll see you next week…at the Diggity’s.

BTN Predictions Week 13: Wyoming

Derek

I am not sure why we even do this anymore.  It is obvious that this team, if anything, is unpredictable.  But we are here to entertain and entertain we will!  So what are the possibilities against Wyoming on Saturday?

Is it possible that WYO is gradually getting better, and the Fresno game was not an anomaly? Are we strolling into an ambush at 7,165 feet?

Are the teams more evenly matched then most think?  Is this going to be one of those close, low scoring games like the one that nearly ruined our 2006 Fiesta Bowl dream?

Or will this be the game that Boise State finally puts together a complete effort in all phases of the game and absolutely obliterates them like we did in our 51-6 stomping in 2010?

Sigh.  Who knows.  The way we have played on the road it is almost stupid to predict a blowout. But it REALLY feels like this team is on the precipice of putting it all together.

The conditions of the game against SDSU may have done this team some good. Despite doing the pre-game warm ups shirtless, I am sure there was some sort of shock once the game started.  They know what to expect from the cold now, and my guess is it will be a non-factor (probably for both teams).  I am predicting that we finally get the much talked about fast start from the Broncos, and a dominating defensive performance where we see our guys in the Cowboys backfield more than we see the Cowboys in the end-zone.  Boise State 44 Wyoming 9

Tami

Wyoming isn’t the best team that Boise State has faced this season, not by a mile. They don’t have the talent of Ole Miss or the defensive ability to get the Broncos to turn the ball over a bajillion times like AFA. What the Pokes do have is a whole lot of toughness and a very good first year head coach. They have the snowy wind howling through War Memorial Stadium, and a history of hating on Boise State but never beating them.

I want this to be a blowout. If the Coaches make “starting fast” happen, the Cowboys could be just as demoralized by the half as BYU was vs. BSU. However, with the Broncos playing so strangely on the road, it’s hard to say definitively. Winning is good, and what the Broncos are doing best right now. They may not be pretty, but they count. Wyoming is going to fight like hell against Boise State, but it won’t be enough. Broncos 35, Pokes 21.

Noel

Obviously, I’m horrible at this but I’ll give it another go (because you want me to, right?). I think that with the weather the Broncos had at home last week, it won’t play much of a factor. It will be a balmy 33 degrees at kickoff.  The wind may cause a minor issue as it’ll be 22 mph. On paper and record-wise, Boise State is a better team. But, they don’t start well and that is an issue, especially on the road. I do give the edge to the Broncos in this one though. I think that, despite the wind, Grant will be able to get short to mid-range routes consistently and Jay may have his best all-around game as the ground game will have to be featured later in the evening.  The defense will keep the Cowboys under 300 yards.  You heard it here!  Boise State 38, Wyoming 13

Heath

Wind, weather, weird starts for BSU none of that sounds great. But I am starting to believe in what this team has inside of them. The defense will have to come ready to play but if they do that this should be an easy game. I have been to a Boise State vs Wyoming game and the team didn’t seem to have any issues with the elevation or cold. I haven’t done very well at picking scores this season, I don’t think I have really even been close. But this week I am going Boise State 31 Wyoming 17.