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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!
The Colts are set to announce that they are releasing Peyton Manning tomorrow. It's an end of an era, and sad to see—despite the fact that I am not a Colts fan. That being said, I think it's probably the right move for the Colts in the long run.
As for where Peyton lands, I'm not sure, but ESPN has predictions. My guess is Miami (sadly, I hate to see Henne get ousted, even though he has struggled there), but we'll see.
This will not be a very interesting thread, but this is driving me nuts. During the Broncos game, CBS showed Manning (well, his legs, anyway) on the sideline, behind a large white screen that was being held by a couple of Colts sideline folk. What the hell is he being screened from? The Googles did not tell me the story behind this, so I leave it to you, MGoBoard. I'm willing to get negged for this if it results in this mystery being solved.
Peyton Manning was interviewed on NPR this morning with Eli and Archie to plug the children's book they wrote together. The host asked Peyton why he decided against going to Ole Miss after his father played there.
Peyton's answer paraphrased:
Oh, I don't know. I almost went to Ole Miss; I was ready to go there. My problem was that you had to just choose one school. I would've loved to go to Ole Miss for a couple of years, then go to the University of Michigan for a couple of years, then go to Tennessee.
Maybe a Heisman would've been behind Door No. 2, Peyton.
Olin said some things that were ok in his latest mailbag, but then there was this intelligent line:
No primarily defensive player won the Heisman until Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson did in 1997. That season, I voted for Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, who was denied mainly because the Volunteers lost to Florida for the fourth time in a row.
Riiiiiiight, Olin. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Woodson was the better football player. Not only that, but never beating your arch-rival (let alone playing horribly against them) has absolutely zero bearing on determining how great you are as a player? Well done Olin, well done. Woodson not only was the superior football player (go watch his hightlights again if you need to) but in his heisman winning season he played a key role in vanquishing his team's arch-rival, something Peyton failed miserably at. While there's no denying that Peyton was very good, there is no way he deserved it more than Woodson. I'm sure there are many of you on here that have better arguments than I on this topic, but I just couldn't believe that Olin would paint it as "Peyton lost the heisman, Woodson didn't win it".