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College Football 101
Welcome to the College Football 101 series. For those who are counting down the days, college football kicks off in 101 days. Every day until then, I will write about one topic per day. As the days get closer, the topics will get better and better until we get to #1 on August 29th, which is one day away from kickoff.
The series will consist of:
- Top 25 Programs
- Top 15 Rivalries
- Top 15 Bands
- Top 15 Stadiums
- Top 10 Coaches
- Top 10 Plays
- Top 5 Heisman Trophy Winners
- Top 6 Miscellaneous
In addition, I will do a very similar series starting Wednesday called Michigan Football 101. Both of these series will hopefully get all of you college football fans, specifically Michigan fans, excited for the season. So here it is!! 101 days until College Football Kickoff...
101. Boise State
A quick look at Boise State:
- Founded: 1932
- Nickname: Broncos
- Location: Boise, Idaho
- School Size: 19,664
- Stadium: Bronco Stadium
- Conference: Mountain West (subject to change anytime soon with the realignments)
- Conference Titles: 16
- National Titles: 0
- Overall Record: 377-145-2 (.721)
- Mascot: Buster Bronco
- Interesting Facts: The field, Lyle Smith Field, has blue turf.
Boise State is an interesting school. It is one of the few schools that is not in a BCS conference but is a threat. It is not a big school, but Boise State has made a name of itself since it defeated Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Ever since Chris Petersen called a Hook-n'-Lateral to send the game to overtime and a Half Back Pass for a Touchdown followed up by a Statue of Liberty for the 2 Point Conversion to win the game-- and a proposal from Ian Johnson to his cheerleading girlfriend-- Boise State has attracted many college football fans.
Since 2006, the Broncos are 73-6 (.924). There are two people who hold almost all of the credit for that-- Chris Petersen and Kellen Moore. It just so happens to be that 2006 is the year Chris Petersen took over at head coach. Not only do they have a winning percentage of 92.4% under Petersen, but they are 4-2 in bowl games. This proves that Boise State has not only won all these games, but it can win the tough ones, too. This makes you wonder why they haven't played in the national championship game. They have had three undefeated seasons in the past five years, yet haven't played in the big game. Hopefully, the BCS can fix its problem, form whatever superconferences it needs, and give a team like this a chance to win a championship in a playoff.
Kellen Moore has the most wins as a starting quarterback in college football history. That is saying something! You think of all the great QBs-- Peyton Manning, Doug Floutie, Tim Tebow, Vince Young-- and Kellen Moore has more wins than any of them. His record at Boise State was 50-3 (.943). The lefty QB graduated this year and hopes to make the Detroit Lions this summer. Where does that leave Boise State? The Broncos have lost 14 starters-- six on offense and eight on defense. Junior Quarterback Joe Southwick is likely going to be the starter in 2012. He completed 15 passes on 19 attempts in the Spring Game and has taken over the leadership role. Boise not only lost its passing game, but senior Chandler Koch takes over for Doug Martin at Running Back. They are expected to fill the shoes of their predecessors according to Chris Petersen. They are definitely in a rebuilding year. Also, it doesn't help that they open up with Michigan State in East Lansing on a Friday night. Although many analysts are putting that game on upset alert, I don't think Boise State has a chance against the Spartans. It should be very interesting to see how Boise State does this year without its best player in program history.
Although they may be in some trouble this year, any team with a blue field has to be interesting. Personally, I find it interesting to watch them on TV because the players somewhat blend in with the field. My Dad says it hurts his eyes, but he's getting old :) but most people love it! How can you not like it? The stadium only seats 37,000 people, it's a relatively small school, and it's not a school full of much tradition. The Smurf Turf defines Boise State football. The first thing you think about when someone says "Boise State" is the blue field.
Boise State is not a well-known program simply because it has not won a single national championship. The Broncos are one of my Top 25 Programs because they do have a good winning percentage, they have a blue field and they have proven themselves over the years. They aren't scared to schedule tough teams-- they beat Georgia in Atlanta to open the season last year. The Broncos can prove themselves once again by beating Michigan State on the road to open up the season this year. Chris Petersen has certainly done an excellent job at Boise State, and it is going to be very interesting to see how well he does with his Broncos in this rebuilding year.
Boise State 2012 Schedule with predictions
- @Michigan State L
- Miami (OH) W
- Brigham Young W
- @New Mexico W
- @Southern Miss L
- Fresno State W
- UNLV W
- @Wyoming W
- San Diego State L
- @Hawaii W
- Colorado State W
- @Nevada L
My Regular Season Presiction: 8-4
Check back tomorrow to see what #100 (#6 Miscellaneous) is on College Football 101.
The Countdown begins... Only 101 days until college football! Hang in there!
Kind of interesting take on the game. They put it on poor play and mistakes, not superawesomeNDISBACK. No sour grapes by any means from Nevada, but they definitely didn't feel blown away by Jimmy. Also, if Michigan can average over 5 YPC against ND like Nevada did then I think we should get the win for sure.
I’d actually been working on writing a diary about the pistol offense so as to break it down and show its various advantages and disadvantages and then ask the community’s thoughts on this. But I see that Chris from Smart Football (http://smartfootball.blogspot.com/) has just posted something about the pistol on Doc. Saturday’s site (http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Deconstructi...).
It’s a little bit more overview than what I was working on so I might still finish the diary just to learn some more about the offense. My question is what do you guys think of this in general?
I was working less on the pistol FORMATION and more on a complete pistol OFFENSE. I think that the idea of being married to having the HB behind the QB is limiting. I think it’s an excellent basic package, but I’d really like to see some plays where you have the man in motion and time the snap so that the snap goes off, gets to the QB, and then the QB can read the defense and hand the ball off to the man in motion (who is running parallel to the line and is very close to the linemen) or keep it and do something else (whether that be run himself or pass it) with the HB providing pass protection. That way you can have a TE on one side of the line and the HB providing pass protection on the other side. The QB should then have adequate time to make a deep throw if necessary. Then you can start really messing with the defenses head by changing up the wide receivers. You can see where this could turn into a long diary since there are so many little adjustments that could be great.
The summary of my diary thus far is appropriate for this part.
1. The pistol allows a run play more easily than the shotgun and almost as easily and effectively as taking snaps under center
2. Misdirection/being hard to read can allow you to just plain embarrass the defense
3. Can pretty easily pass out of the pistol formation
4. Gain most of the advantages of the shotgun formation without all of the disadvantages (although you don’t gain the full advantages and there are definitely some disadvantages of the ‘gun present in the pistol)
There was obviously more but that's the gist of what I actually wrote so far.
So, thoughts on any of this? Will we see this start to spread out into the upper echelons of college football? Or will is just be used by the Wolfpack and occasionally by other teams as a trick play/weird formation that you don’t show too often?
And would anybody still be interested in me finishing that diary? If not, then I’ll put it on the back burner.