Well, we’re actually a bit past mid-season, but that’s OK 🙂
I just wanted to proclaim my genius when it comes to BSU football. Here’s a recap of my predictions prior to the season start, and my results.
- Joe Southwick. Before the season started I saw a fours QB candidates play twice – once in the spring, once in the fall. In the spring I saw it as 1) Southwick, 2) Patti, 3) Hedrick, 4) Loughrea. In the fall I had it as 1)
Southwick, 2) Hedrick, 3) Loughrea, 4) Patti. I stated to my friends, “Joe Southwick would be just fine. Give him 3 games to get over his jitters. By the end of the season he would no longer be a cause for worry.” Result: Correct so far. (Take that you Southwick haters).
- BSU would beat MSU to start the season and lose another game during the season (most likely to Fresno or Nevada) to finish the season 11-1. Result: I blew that one. It looks like we could very well finish 11-1, but we already beat Fresno, and Nevada doesn’t look like our toughest opponent by a long shot. San Diego is worrisome, but at home I think we’ll handle it.
- Our secondary would be “scary good” this year. Result: Right on the money. With the help of the defensive line and some pretty impressive linebackers, our secondary has been playing lights out.
- Our defense would carry the team for the first half of the season. Result: Obviously. When the defense score the only points in one game (BYU), and has the only touchdowns in two games (BYU and MSU), it’s quite apparent that the defense was several weeks ahead of the offense. Last Saturday against Wyoming was the very first time this season the offense really looked like our offense. They still have a ways to go, but they are improving drastically.
- We would go to a BCS bowl. Result: Pending. I still think it’s possible, but we do need a few more teams to lose before we get in. I hate having to “back in” like that, but the system is the system. Are we a Top 10 team? Nah. Are we Top 15? Probably.
- Jay Ajayi would turn some heads. Result: Yep. I saw it during the fall scrimmage. Although I really like Jack Fields as an up-and-coming running back, Jay definitely has something special. He’s almost like a cross between Ian Johnson and Doug Martin – smooth, yet powerful. (Early prediction – assuming Jay stays healthy, he will get some Heisman love by the time he’s a senior. He’s defnitely got that potential).
So, there you have it. So far I’m 4-1 in my predictions with one pending. Genius, genius, genius.
And, it’s pretty obvious Chris Petersen is the best coach in college football. Everyone was expecting a major drop-off, and although it appeared that might happen early in the season, the Broncos are once again on the radar. “We just win”.
Doug ran wild last week against the hapless Vikings. (They were hapless only because of Doug, mind you. They came into the game with one of the best records in the NFL). At one point, Doug had bigger offensive numbers than the entire Minnesota team.
Doug had 135 yards on the ground (his first 100+ yard game as a Buc), along with 79 receiving yards. He scored twice during the game, and looked very, very impressive and durable throughout.
For once, Adrian Peterson was not the game’s featured running back. Good stuff.
Titus scored the winning touchdown to seal Detroit’s victory over Seattle on Sunday (and got a little revenge – for me anyway – for the Packer “loss” a few weeks ago). Good job Titus!
- Harper’s 2 TDs help No. 21 Boise rip Wyoming(boisestategear.com)
- Brian Murphy: Boise State’s Southwick winning and leading(newsobserver.com)
- ‘Stingy’ Boise State defense doing its job – and more(boisestategear.com)