Saturday, November 10, 2012

Back to Basics

With a BCS Bowl berth lost in November for the third straight season, it's back to the fundamentals for Boise State as they get ready to take on the homestanding Hawai'i Warriors in Honolulu tonight.

The same things that had plagued the Broncos all season long reared their ugly heads in the loss against San Diego State:  poor blocking, poor decision-making, the lack of a consistent running game and defensive stops late in the game.  Add in uncharacteristic miscues on special teams and that's a recipe for a loss, no matter how good you are.

Quarterback Joe Southwick made some nice throws last week; what he needs to do most is to relax.  Rather than aim the ball to the receiver, Joe just needs to let it fly.  He has the ability or he wouldn't be starting for the most successful college football team in the last 15 years.  His confidence has improved markedly over the last two seasons; sometimes you can try too hard. Joe is doing that right now.

Sure, Boise State has players suspended and this is the normal time for all teams to be hit with injuries.  But they have too much talent to be losing this late in the season.  The coaches too are better coaches to let the things happen that are happening right now.

Hopefully, those problems will be rectified tonight and we'll see a different Boise State team against Hawai'i.  

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