Boise State Broncos
Record 2-0 (0-0)
Coaches Poll Ranking: #29
Western Athletic Conference
On TV: OSN/CSN NW @ 12:30 p.m. Pacific
Preface: So I took a read through last week’s Purdue reviews, and probably had the same response as many of you. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. So I’m trying to shake it up a little, trying to find a few tidbits that may be more interesting versus a player-by-player summary.
Part 1 of 2:
I’ll mostly skip past the homecoming story about BSU head coach Chris Petersen (Oregon assistant 1995 to 2000) and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox (Oregon safety and cornerback 1995-99). But I will ask this: When the time finally comes for Coach Belotti to retire after leading the Ducks to a couple national titles, would anyone be surprised if these two guys didn’t head the list of potential replacements?
Back to BSU’s defense…
Many pundits are saying this is a tough group, ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (7.0 a game) and primed with big-time upset potential. On the heals of last week’s near total Pac-10 meltdown, it’s only human to look at this Boise State program – regarded as a BCS dragon slayer and still a darling in many eyes after the ’07 Fiesta Bowl surprise versus OU – in this game, against a highly ranked BCS opponent, with an eye on Oregon’s QB situation and say, “maybe”, “just maybe they could do it again”.
Here’s what the Broncos D has achieved so far. They held
The Broncos also held a decent – or are they, it’s still early –
Props to BSU for the takeaways, I suppose. Last week I highlighted Purdue’s focus on clawing at the ball when tackling. Sure enough, the Ducks coughed a couple up. It’s a sure bet
No profile of the entire starting line up this week. But here’s a quick look at the guys who matter on
The other high-impact players for Boise State are safety Jeron Johnson (#23, 5-11, 191 lbs., So., CA) and linebacker Derrell Acrey (#52, 6-1, 233 lbs., So., CA). Johnson leads the Broncos with 18 tackles and two fumble recoveries. He was named WAC defensive player of the week after his performance against
So it’s a combination of senior experience and youthful talent. And so far, they’re saying all the right things…looking forward to experiencing Autzen, will have to play even better,
Will it work against
We’ll find out Saturday just how
A few quick facts:
● This is the first time
● As a head coach Mike Belotti is 17-0 versus WAC opponents.
● Ducks rose to #12 in the coaches poll. Extending the poll beyond the top 25,
● BCS killers? BSU is 4-17 versus BCS teams. Two of those wins were against