Monday, September 28, 2015

Blue Through and Through Top 25

#1    Mississippi (4-0) beat Vanderbilt 27-16; Biggest Win:  #4 Alabama 43-37
#2    Utah (4-0) creamed Oregon 62-20;  Biggest Win:  #6 Michigan 24-17
#3    LSU (3-0) beat Syracuse 34-24; Biggest Win:  #17 Mississippi State 21-19
#4    Alabama (3-1) beat Louisiana-Monroe 34-0; Biggest Win:  #21 Wisconsin 35-17; Lost to #1 Mississippi 43-37
#5    Northwestern (4-0) beat Ball State 24-19; Biggest Win:  #22 Stanford 19-6, #23 Duke 19-10
#6    Michigan (3-1) beat BYU 31-0; Biggest Win:  BYU 31-0; Lost to #2 Utah 24-17
#7    TCU (4-0) beat #19 Texas Tech 55-52; Biggest Win:  #19 Texas Tech 55-52
#8    Notre Dame (4-0) beat Massachusetts 62-27; Biggest Win:  Georgia Tech 30-22
#9    Michigan State (4-0) beat Central Michigan 30-10; Biggest Win:  Oregon 31-28
#10  UCLA (4-0) blasted Arizona 56-30; Biggest Win:  BYU 24-23
#11  Oklahoma (3-0) bye; Biggest Win:  Tennessee 31-24
#12  Ohio State (4-0) beat Western Michigan 38-12; Biggest Win: Northern Illinois 20-13
#13 Georgia (4-0) beat Southern 48-6; Biggest Win: Vanderbilt 31-14
#14 Florida (4-0) beat Tennessee 28-27; Biggest Win: Tennessee 28-27
#15 Florida State (3-0) bye; Biggest Win: Boston College 14-0
#16 Texas A&M (4-0) beat Arkansas 28-21; Biggest Win: Arkansas 28-21
#17 Mississippi State (3-1) beat Auburn 17-9; Biggest Win: Auburn 17-9; Lost to #3 LSU 21-19
#18 Oklahoma State (4-0) beat Texas 30-27; Biggest Win: Texas 30-27
#19 Texas Tech (3-1) lost to #7 TCU 55-52; Biggest Win: Arkansas 35-24; Lost to #7 TCU 55-52
#20 Stanford (3-1) beat Oregon State 42-24; Biggest Win: USC 31-21; Lost to #5 Northwestern 16-6
#21 Clemson (3-0) bye; Biggest Win: Louisville 20-17
#22 Wisconsin (3-1) beat Hawai'i 28-0; Biggest Win: Hawai'i 28-0; Lost to #4 Alabama 35-17
#23 Duke (3-1) beat Georgia Tech 34-20; Biggest Win: Georgia Tech 34-20; Lost to #5 Northwestern 19-10
#24 Kentucky (3-1) beat Missouri 21-13; Biggest Win: Missouri 21-13; Lost to #14 Florida 14-9
#25 Boise State (3-1) beat Virginia 56-14; Biggest Win: Washington 16-13; Lost to BYU 35-24

Also Considered:
California (4-0) beat Washington 30-24; Biggest Win: Washington 30-24

Navy (3-0) beat Connecticut 28-18; Biggest Win: East Carolina 45-21

Houston (3-0) beat Texas State 59-14; Biggest Win: Louisville 34-31

Baylor (3-0) beat Rice 70-17; Biggest Win: SMU 56-21

USC (3-1) beat Arizona State 42-14; Biggest Win: Arizona State 42-14; Lost to Stanford 31-21

Toledo (3-0) beat Arkansas State 37-7; Biggest Win: Arkansas 16-12
Temple (3-0) bye; Biggest Win: Penn State 27-10

Miami (3-0) bye; Biggest Win: beat Nebraska 36-33

Memphis (4-0) beat Cincinnati 43-26; Biggest Win: Bowling Green 44-41

West Virginia (3-0) beat Maryland 45-6; Biggest Win: Maryland 45-6

Boise State #15 in Billingsley

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jeremy McNichols of Boise State #4 in Rushing Touchdowns

Donte Deayon #6 in the Nation in Interceptions

Tyler Rausa #19 in Field Goal Percentage

Boise State #18 in Scoring Defense

Boise State #4 in Red Zone Defense

Broncos #18 in First Downs Allowed

Boise State #6 in Defensive Touchdowns

Boise State #4 in the Nation in Blocked Kicks

Boise State #16 Total Defense

Boise State #1 Rushing Defense in the Nation

But there's still plenty of chances for that letdown, ala Air Force, New Mexico, or (fill in the blank).

Boise State Jumps From 30-23 in Sagarin

Friday, September 18, 2015

Preview of Boise State-Idaho State Game

Boise State is set to resume one of the oldest rivalries in its history Friday when the Broncos host Idaho State.  The Broncos and Bengals have tangled 30 times since 1968, a match up behind only Nevada and Idaho. 
The two teams haven't met in five years, but started their rivalry in 1964.  Bengal coach Mike Kramer took his team to the FCS playoffs a year ago, earning 2014 Big Sky Conference of the Year honors and finishing seventh in balloting for the Eddie Robinson Award (given annually to the nation's outstanding FCS coach) in the process.
ISU rushed for 2,567 yards and chalked up 6,744 yards and 64 touchdowns last season in rewriting school records in all of those categories.
Michael Sanders (6-3, 221) is a first-year starting quarterback, just as his counterpart Ryan Finley is.  But while Finley has thrown just one touchdown pass, Sanders has already tossed seven--Sanders is 35-of-57 passing for 455 yards.
Sanders will be looking to a group of receivers led by senior Madison Mangum (6-2, 212), the brother of BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum.  Madison has been on the receiving end of eight passes for 112 yards in two games.  Josh Cook (6-3, 220), Hagen Graves (6-1, 179) and KW Williams (6-1, 212) will also be roaming the Bronco secondary looking for busted coverages.
The Bengals have averaged 279.5 yards through the air this season, and is probably their strength.  They, however, are more than capable of running the ball, churning out 447 yards in two games (4.6 yards a game).  Xavier Finney (6-3, 220), Jakori Ford (5-8, 185) and Braedon Mitchell (5-11, 223) will share the load in the ISU backfield. 
Boise State fell last week to BYU in Provo 35-24 in a game in which the Broncos had 10-point leads twice in the fourth quarter but could not finish the Cougars off.
Finley completed 25-of-38 attempts last week for 297 yards and a touchdown, but also threw three interceptions.  The Bengals have allowed just 94 passing yards per game so far. 
Adding to Boise State's problems this week is the fact that the Bronco offensive line has not sustained blocks long enough to generate more than a meager ground game--Boise State ranks 11th out of 12 teams in the Mountain West in rushing.  Junior college transfer Jake Pettit (6-3, 232) is proving to be a valuable addition to the Bengal defense.  Pettit had 111 tackles, 14 for loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups for Santa Barbara City College last season.  Like Pettit, Hayden Stout (6-2, 230) also has 16 tackles this season for Idaho State.
The last time the Bengals won (1987) came a year after Boise State first installed their blue turf.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Former Boise State Broncos in the NFL--Week One

Jay Ajayi of Miami is on injured reserve until Week 6

Richie Brockel was inactive in Carolina's win.

Ryan Clady is out for the season after a torn ACL

Tyrone Crawford had three tackles and a sack in Dallas' win

George Iloka had two tackles, one solo, in Bengal win

Jeron Johnson did not have any statistics in Washington's loss

DeMarcus Lawrence had three tackles in Cowboy win

Charles Leno played as Chicago lost to Green Bay

Doug Martin rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries and caught a pass for two yards in Tampa Bay loss

Shea McClellin led the Chicago defense with eight tackles, four of them solo, in loss to Green Bay

Kellen Moore was on the practice squad as Dallas won

Center Matt Paradis started for Denver in Bronco win

Blake Renaud is on the practice squad for Minnesota for Viking loss

Orlando Scandrick is out for the season with a torn ACL for Dallas

Jamar Taylor had six tackles, three of them solo, in Miami victory

Kyle Wilson did not register any statistics in New Orleans loss to Arizona

Billy Winn was traded last Friday to Indianapolis and did not play in Colt loss.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Top Conferences in Week One

1.  SEC (12-1)
2.  Mountain West (10-2)
3.  Big 12 (8-2)
4.  ACC (10-3)
5.  American (9-3)
6.  Conference USA (7-4)
7.  Big Ten (7-5)
7.  Pac-12 (7-5)
9.  MAC (5-6)
10.  Sun Belt (2-9)