Boise State week is here, which brings with it a mixed bag. On one hand, the San Diego State nut punch alert level has been elevated from orange to red. On the other, I get to catch up with Kevan Lee from the Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God and renew our blog bet. Not to be a pessimist, but I hope his post next week is as good as the one he dropped on us last year.
I also answered some Aztec-related questions for OBNUG that will appear over there later in the week. Probably your best course of action would be to go over there and keep hitting refresh until they post it. Keep at it. Annnnny second now.
AztecsKillingHim: I guess I should start by thanking you guys for letting us come along on your wild and wacky Big East adventure. Any regrets? Cause you’re stuck with us now, and we occasionally get so wasted we pee in the sink. Sorry about your toothbrush, by the way.
One Bronco Nation Under God: I don’t know you from Adam (Eve’s Adam, not Dingwell’s or Muema’s), which is probably the biggest reservation at this point, unless you want to talk about the reservations of going to a conference with no commissioner, no TV contract, no guaranteed big bowl tie-ins, and no grasp on American geography.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited to be going to the Big East, and I’m happy someone from the West is coming with the Broncos. But consider it an arranged marriage. I will learn to love you (or hate you, as the case may be). It would be a lot easier if Rocky Long still thought the color blue was illegal.
AKH: Other than the 75 percent reduction in awkward gawkiness, what has the post Kellen Moore era been like?
OBNUG: It has been equal parts sad, frustrating, exciting, depressing, and anemic. “Different” is the safe word that Bronco fans use so as to not hurt Joe Southwick’s feelings by saying what we really want to say.
AKH: Be honest. How much more beatable is this Broncos team than the one that pooped in our horchata last November?
OBNUG: Last November’s team was not all that appreciably better than the team that SDSU will face this weekend. Last year’s November defense was bad, its offense great. This year’s offense is bad, its defense great. The Aztecs got the Broncos last year coming off of one of the worst pass defense performances in recent Bronco history and with question marks at almost every secondary position. (For old time’s sake, the Broncos are coming into the SDSU game minus a starting corner and starting safety.) I would say this year’s team is slightly more beatable than the one the Aztecs faced in 2011, based on the lack of fireworks from the offense and the MIAs in the secondary. How much more beatable is this Broncos team than the one that opened the 2011 season with a win at Georgia? One hundred million times.
AKH: What kind of reception is Rocky Long in for in Boise given that what he said was:
a) hella back in the day
b) a totally legitimate critique of Coach Pete and his vile, classless cheating ways?
OBNUG: I think Bronco fans are wanting reasons to dislike the Aztecs, especially if this is to be our token Big East rivalry. Rocky Long is an easy target. We fans have hated on Chris Ault and Pat Hill in previous rivalries, so we have a thing for coaches. It almost doesn’t matter at this point when Long said what he said or how he feels about it now. The damage has been done, the mocking poster signs have been made, and jokes have been distributed. “Rocky Long is so old he knew Burger King when he was a prince!” Burn.
AKH: Does the BSU defense have any chance to slow down the epic power of the Adam Dingwell revolution? (I call it a revolution because last weekend it was not televised in my local area)
OBNUG: If you consider that Derek Carr is orders of magnitude better than Adam Dingwell and that Carr laid an egg when he faced Boise State on the blue, then I think Dingwell is in for a long night / early morning (stupid late kickoff). The Broncos play their best defensive football in front of the home crowd, and their best defensive football is some of the best in the country.
AKH: Two weeks ago, we won in Reno thanks to the clutch performance of our kicker. Jealous?
OBNUG: Yes, but does your kicker lead the Mountain West in field goals per game? With a season long of 30 yards?
AKH: Please predict the outcome of the game in the style of any of the the following:
a) A 1950s beat poet.
b) Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad.
c) A delusional Idaho Vandals fan.
Bonus points for all three at once.
OBNUG: Moon over the blue
Meth in my shoe
Is that Rocky Long wearing a puffy coat?
Dingwell’s the guy
Idaho in the Big Sky
Wonder if Robb Akey still thinks of me
Southwick to Miller
Mike Atkinson QB killer
When all’s said and done, Broncos still No. 1
Noodle, poodle, doodle
(Bonus points for What About Bob-style?)