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WSU vs. Boise State: Q&A with Broncos’ OBNUG
We’re getting the inside scoop.

One Bronco Nation Under God is not only the longest SB Nation blog name this side of Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, it’s also the official SB Nation home of Blue Turf Nation TM, purveyors of excellent analysis and even better MS Paint creations.

OBNUG writer Russ Wood literally gave up minutes of his life to answer a handful of questions for us, and for that, we’re eternally grateful. (Or, grateful until at least tomorrow.)

We’ve been saying for a while that this is Boise State’s Super Bowl. That seem about right to you?

Absolutely. Forget any aspirations of making the playoff and curb-stomping Alabama; this game has been circled on our calendar for years!

In all seriousness, though, we have been looking forward to playing Wazzu for some time, as there are not many teams out there who hold the advantage in win history over us. At 0-4 (advantage, you fellers), we can only just begin to chip away at that record with a win this weekend. On top of that, the preseason hype for Washington State has been really strong this season. Despite last week’s heartbreaking (for you and us, as we rely so much on strength-of-schedule) loss to the mouth-breathing, armpit-sniffing, pumpkin-pie haircutted, fart-mustachioed, bum wranglers at EWU, Washington State still has a chance to shake up the PAC-12 as evidenced by their resiliency last season. Despite any bravado that may appear in our comment boards, this game does frighten us a little.

A sophomore FCS quarterback making his first start torched our defense for about 1,000 yards. What sorts of things will the Broncos try and do offensively to exploit WSU’s obviously vulnerable defense?

Probably the same thing that your Air Raid offense will try to do to us—that is, identify soft coverage in the defense and get big chunks of yardage. The exception with Boise State will be the establishment of a run game. We have some pretty good runners in Jeremy McNichols (second-highest scorer in the nation last season), Devin Demas (fastest guy on the team), and surprisingly, new freshman Alexander Mattison (5.5 YPC, 1 TD in debut). The reason the Broncos’ passing attack works so well is because defenses have to account for the run game. Just don’t fall for any read options, because I think Brett Rypien wears ankle weights when he plays.

How well equipped is BSU’s defense to deal with the 60ish passes that are about to come its way?

Shewt, that’s a toughie. We lost two of our best coverage men to the NFL last season (Darian Thompson and Donte Deayon; Giants both—“NY” variety, not “Andre the” variety), and our much-hyped 4-star safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner is out getting tutoring. The secondary has stepped up to fill the holes, but any good defense relies on the ability of the secondary to buy time for the front line to pressure the quarterback, and the front line needs to get there quickly enough to cause some disruptions. I’m not sold on how prolific Louisiana-Lafayette’s offense was last week, but we were able to sack the QB 5 times and hold their offense to 267 yards. Given, that was only on 33 passes, and I’m sure we can expect much more this weekend. This game will be a true test for our defense.

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Washington State Cougars vs. Boise State Broncos Preview and Prediction

Two teams with high hopes got their seasons started on very different notes during opening weekend

Both Washington State and Boise State began the season last weekend with their eyes on some formidable prizes. Boise State took care of business in dominating fashion on the road against Louisiana-Lafayette, showcasing some of the offensive talent we’ve heard about all off season.

Washington State, on the other hand, suffered a somewhat embarassing shootout loss to FCS power Eastern Washington. In most years, we probably wouldn’t think much of a quality program like Eastern Washington beating the Cougars. But 2016 is a little different. Washington State has been a sexy dark-horse pick to make it to the Pac-12 title game this season. Last weekend’s loss makes that scenario a little tougher to imagine.

Washington State Cougars vs. Boise State Broncos Preview and Prediction

The Cougars will try to get back on track this weekend on the road against one of the better Group of Five teams in the country.

Washington State at Boise State
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10:15 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN2
Spread: Boise State -10.5

Three Things to Watch

1. The Quarterback Duel This will be a high-octane shootout featuring two quarterbacks who are very likely to be on NFL rosters one day. Both command offenses built to score a ton of points and both are accomplished passers. Boise State’s Brett Rypien has a slight advantage over Cougar signal-caller Luke Falk thanks to the formidable Bronco defense. That said, don’t blink or turn this one off early (even if it does start fairly late). Both of these teams are built to play catch-up in a hurry and the last quarterback to make a mistake with the ball is likely to cost his team the game.

2. Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols A huge part of what makes Rypien and the Boise State offense so deadly is the versatility of McNichols. One of the most complete backs in the nation, McNichols can literally line up anywhere and create a mismatch, benefiting himself or enabling a big play for one of his teammates. He’s a nightmare for defensive coordinators and he’ll keep Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch on his toes all night looking for a way to limit the damage. That answer might just be to key on taking McNichols out of Boise State’s game plan altogether and force Rypien to win by getting the ball to his other skill players.

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Preview: Boise State vs Washington State

The last time the Boise State Broncos and Washington State Cougars crossed paths, sickness it was in 2008. Boise State was accepted into the Pac-10 and Washington State was on its way out.

Wait. What?

Those were in the glory days of dynasty mode on what is a now defunct college football video game. Dreams and a video game controller can only take teams so far.

The Broncos and Cougars will be meeting up in real life–irl as the kids say these days–on Saturday night on the blue turf in Boise.

For Boise State, the Broncos will be looking to end a two-game losing streak at home. Boise State is eager to get back to winning ways at home. If not for the program’s sake, then to simply re-establish that opposing teams coming into Albertsons Stadium will need to respect the Broncos.

Washington State, meanwhile, will be looking to put another season-opening loss to an FCS school behind them.

The teams will be facing off for the fifth time in their history, with the Cougars holding a 4-0 advantage.

Since their last meeting over fifteen years ago, the two programs have traveled in different directions.

Boise State is owner of multiple conference championships, three Fiesta Bowl victories, and has been one of the top programs in college football.

The Cougars have faced quite the different battle in that span. They won their first bowl game since 2003 last season, but suffered through a 9-40 record in the years 2008-11.

This season’s match-up promises to be a game of dueling offenses. Boise State racked up 584 yards in their 45-10 victory over Louisiana Lafayette Saturday. Brett Rypien threw for 347 yards, Thomas Sperbeck and Cedric Wilson each had over 100 yards receiving and Jeremy McNichols scored three touchdowns.

Despite losing 45-42 to Eastern Washington, the Cougars managed over 500 yards of total offense. Quarterback Luke Falk was 41-51 for 418 yards while wide receiver Gabe Marks had 10 receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

The stats for the Cougars mirror what they did last season. The offense averaged 31.5 points/gm. Falk completed 69.4% of his passes while throwing for 4,561 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Marks was the top receiver last season, hauling in 104 receptions for 1,192 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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PHOENIX — The Big 12 has been talking for some time. Finally, action appears to be on the horizon.

This week in Phoenix, the conference’s athletic directors and football coaches gathered to receive a power point presentation from Navigate Research, a firm that crunched the numbers on which format would give the Big 12 the best path to reach the College Football Playoff.

“We wanted to show the football coaches what we thought was germane to [them] — how you get to the playoff,” said commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who also noted that Navigate’s algorithm “has successfully predicted all eight teams in the last two playoffs.”

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Daryn Colledge had given it thought for a few years, nurse even considering it immediately after his NFL playing days were over after the 2014 season.

On Tuesday, generic the former Boise State football standout and Super Bowl champion announced his next adventure in life: enlisting in the Idaho Army National Guard for at least the next eight years.

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