The bigger question will be if the Boise defense shows up. I doubt that Moore will fail to show up for his last game in a Boise uniform. And there is always that kicker to worry about. I know a lot of people on here don't like Boise, but I have been a fan of them (and Fresno and TCU) for a while now and I have really enjoyed watching Kellen Moore play. Neither of their losses the last two years can be put on him. I would have loved a shot at Boise in the Sugar, but it will be fun to watch them play a dangerous but undisciplined Arizona State team.
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Yes, that's why they're going to whatever more-respected conference will take them, moving up to MWC first and now to the Big East. Just like they're willing to schedule Oregon, VT, and Georgia, without requiring a return game back in Boise. And generally dominating in those games. It's pretty clear BSU wants nothing other than to claim its conference is the best and then play Div-III schools for its non-conference games, like the AQ schools do. So lame.
Herbstreit and Fowler (my sheet said Musburger, WTF?) get this one. Tom Rinaldi will be hanging out on the sidelines.
This should be interesting - in all honesty, Boise was the opponent I would have rather had from a competition standpoint for our bowl, but we'll see, eh?
Be interesting to see how Arizona State responds to Erickson being let go. Do they put things together for the one last hurrah for the old coach or do they fold up and play uninspired?
Over-Under on the number of people Burflict kills with a trident = 0.5
If hits that draw a stupid penalty count I will take the over.
....and I'll add that he spikes the guy passing out Gatorade on the Boise sideline at some point.
EDIT: I am glad I picked Boise to win here if incredible vanishing special teams are an ASU specialty.
Well, I guess they need to play him first.
I just revised my prediction from 45-10 to 70-3. This could get ugly fast.
Why is the #7 team in the country playing an unranked team that had such a great season that they fired their coach? I like ASU, but they went 6-6 with a losing conference record, this is a pretty obvious mismatch. They could have broken up one of the numerous annual B1G/SEC bowls and had a Boise-Georgia rematch. That would be an interesting Bowl Game.
Which Big 10/SEC bowl would have volunteered to give up their Big 10/SEC team for a 6-6 ASU tema that just fired its head coach and probably brought about 75 fans to the game?
None, that's why I suggested they have Georgia play Boise. Of course if you mean the other two participants then I bet Sparty would love the chance to play ASU so they could maybe win a bowl for a change.
Wow, turned it on 14 seconds into the game and Devils are down 7-0. Sweet. Freaking special teams.
Time to sacrifice theyself to the spud gods, ASU, and hope for mercy in the afterlife.
Something tells me that if you had Suh and Burfict on the same defense, it would be an old school chair and ladder match (not literally, of course)...in other words, a pretty good NFL defense.
EDIT: Since when did The Netherlands play American football? That kid can run.
For those of us who missed the first 5 minutes... sup with that?
Boise returned the opening kick for a touchdown. Then, not much.
Am I the only one who finds the Best Buy commercials amusing given that they announced today that they can't fill many online orders dating back to Thanksgiving before Christmas?
next year? Will that be a good one and does anyone know what kind of talent Boise has coming back?
Boise and any other mid-major who acts like they deserve an auto bid.
Yes, because the Big East champ (and sometimes the ACC as well) is easily superior to Boise. Not saying they should get an auto-bid, but let's not act like they are a bad team.
I have a question. Is the spinning ESPN logo after replays new, or did I just not notice that all year?
I hope Boise keeps their foot on the gas. They have every incentive to embarrass a BCS conference opponent.
Does anyone remember those old AAMCO commercials? "Double A (honk honk) M-C-O."
Nice center-quarterback exchange ASU!
Moore not getting much help so far tonight. Doug Martin is also a quality back.
Osweiler can hit him all day....
...and the center snaps to Tacopants too! Can you beat yourself in all three phases?
EDIT: Burfict looks like he'll have the equipment guy in a sleeper hold if he doesn't get some playing time PDQ...
Is gonna go Vontez Burfict on a motherf*cker.
Is this something the teach just at ASU? It doesn't work all that well.
EDIT: Burfict went Burfict. 21-0 Boise State, and ASU will likely get shit for field position on their next three and out.
This could be over by halftime.
I hate those "unsportsmanship like conduct" penalties.
Excellent program, excellent team, not a lot of high-ranking recruits. I agree they shouldn't be in the NC game, but should be in something bigger than this. Would have loved to see us against them in the Sugar, would have been a great matchup.
Agreed that mid-majors should not have auto-bids, but really when they look at the Big East they have to wonder. Anyway, moot now as of next year they are the Big East.
My question for them would be why wouldn't they court entry into the Big 12? Unless they'd be outright rejected (by a conference with Kansas?), then it looks like a fear-of-competition thing.
But say what you want, they are a fun team to watch and are making PAC 12 ASU look like the trash they are.
Looks like your Titanic just missed the Iceberg.
Meanwhile, ASU is actually showing that they have something akin to an offense here...we'll see where it goes, eh?
EDIT: Wow, 28-3 Boise State. Anyone else ready to call this one?
they look pretty good not sure what all the Boise hate is from
I really don't understand why the Big XII didn't grab Boise instead of West Virginia. Grab TCU and Boise and it makes up for Colorado and Mizzou easily. I actually go the other way and believe that the Big XII didn't want to invite them. That would mean playing at Boise, which no one will do.
A field goal Sparky? Just six more of those...
This Martin kid seems to have a bit of Mike Hart in him.
I like watching him play a lot.
Darius Morris was just brought on stage by 50 cent during the X-Factor final (GF's choice of programming.)
He should be in Ann arbor
Why is 50 Cent on X-Factor?
So much for the street cred.
At least R Kelly didn't pee on anyone.
(Yeah wife is having me flip too...though with this game it's not too painful).
50 Cent lost a lot of street cred when his investments started paying off more than his rapping/thug life-ery.
Vitamin Water? Really?
...for the most part:
21 all with 7 remaining in the first half.
that would be hilarious if they drop that one at home.
There is a distinctive burning rubber smell coming from the Vegas area. More specifically, from the ASU sideline.
But did a lot of you have this as a high confidence game?
I've been getting killed vs. The spread, and last night's win/no cover didn't help. Tonight might. (No jinx)
It was up there on my list certainly. Having watched a few of ASU's November tragedies, I put the game where I did on the assumption that Erickson's tenure would end in a crescendo of smoldering petroleum by-products....
Boise was in my top 6 or 7 picks I believe (not looking at the form and the piece of paper with my password is on the opposite side of the building so I'm too comfy to get it). I'm picking against Nevada on Saturday but I don't have the game high because I know almost nothing about either team.
Houston-Indy, I won't take offense.
(Where's Formerly Anonymous in the Texans season of glory? After last year I felt for him working for them).
It could have been anyone of us creating this thread and saying the same thing about now. Actually, it was almost me - you beat me once again.
I just had to do it a little early as I left the library since I wasn't getting home till after 8. I don't feel bad, I'm still watching.
Hawaii bowl 8 on Saturday.
Oh my, worse than ASU.
Forget it, back to Boise.
Evidently it's dangerous to kick off to start a half. Although that might have convinced Boise to continue to hold the gas down.
Edit: obvious onside kick is obvious. I was watching the Boise line to see if they left early. They didn't. Good coaching.
Good play by ASU or they were gonna be down 35-10. Maybe this could be a game.
More interesting now in any case.
Well, I guess the mutiny is on, eh?
Hmmm I wonder if the players still listen to Erickson?
Well if more of that stuff is coming, I'm in for the long haul! Hilarious.
How lame-duck does Erikson feel now?
the mighty have fallen. He went 63-9 at Miami and then sucked from there on out.
From having a game again.
Tire fire all around now. Boise does this in the third quarter in several games that I've seen. Pretty weak PI call IMO.
You can't run it up to 28-3 and then start letting ASU back into it! That's what mid-major teams do!
EDIT: ASU almost did something brilliant - score on a great drive, so the INT is especially crushing. 35-10 Boise State now.
I want to rip the rest of Wendy Nix's dress off.
I'm just sayin'.
So then you have that.
the greatest entertainment I have seen this year.
Coach Osweiller, luvvin it.
Even the officials are not recognizing Erikson's authoritah anymore. And what the hell are they reviewing? No way you can review whether or not the coach tried to call a timeout. This happens sometimes and I've never seen it reviewed before.
That was an importantish play.
....and machine gunning themselves in the foot. Decent return, just minus ten yards.
EDIT: ASU fans look like they've just seen "Old Yeller".
DOUBLE EDIT: Boise offense - play perimeter, get points. That is all.
They should be put down.
I'm excited- Sugar Bowl and pregame just appeared on my dvr schedule to record.
Don't forget Inside Michigan Football on the 1st!
I see it too. I have a fairly substantial presentation to give on the 4th, but I plan on watching the game anyway and doing my spiel with an IV hooked to a vanilla macchiato.
EDIT: Good god, the bleeding in this game....42-10 Boise State.
HOLY SH*T EDIT: Recovered fumble. 49-10 Boise State.
DOUBLE HOLY SH*T EDIT: Save for that last TD, Erickson's swan song looks a lot like this:
You're in charge of all the bowl game threads that week. (Though the Sugar will have a Liveblog too). Unlike the last 3 years, I'm actually making this game, so I won't be around to post them all in New Orleans. But I probably will wifi in on some and post in them. They were good therapy when Michigan or I couldn't go.
This is getting just a bit out of hand.
Somehow a 1 point game. And the Texans run the ball on 3rd and 5. Sigh.
...because I started Neil Rackers in the championship round of my fantasy league.
With 5.5 Pt spread.
Right now I'm not sure Houston is such a fan with the Colts in the Redzone.
They're good. Should've gone to the Big 12, blue turf and all. ASU won't soon forget this.
Would have been a hell of a matchup for us in Nola.
Them not getting that Sugar Bowl invite?
Me, not so much.
Texans look kinda glad to just make the playoffs this year.
This one was positively 2010 though. Somewhere in Texas FA died inside a little more.
Kellen Moore finished his career 50-3. The three losses were by a total of five points.
And in two of them he put his team in a position to win only to see his kicker miss an easy field goal.