Potential doesn't equate to points, but this Saturday's game between Boise State and Wyoming is all about playing up to potential. The team that reaches their potential in week three of the college football season will have a great chance to come away as the victor. (Photo provided by Foto208.com--all rights reserved.)
The upcoming game between
is about reaching potential.
The homestanding Cowboys are hoping they play at full tilt,
use a sold-out crowd and draw inspiration from a fallen teammate to upset the
Broncos.Boise State, meanwhile, is
in the familiar role of being ridiculed because the team they barely beat in the
last few minutes (Virginia Tech) was defeated by an
(Football Championship Subdivision) team—James Madison.Anything less than a 110% effort this weekend and all the Bronco haters
across the land from Craig James to Mark May will pounce on them.
Although going into enemy territory and defeating one of
only three teams in the nation to go to a bowl game each year for the past 17
years in front of 90,000 fans was impressive, Boise State Coach Chris Petersen
found plenty for the team to work on.All
one has to do is rewind that game and watch it again to find numerous items to
clean up.It's what
does best and what has made the Broncos a force on the national scene for the
past eight years.From arm tackling
to fumbles to 100+ yards of penalties, the Bronco effort against Virginia Tech
was far from perfect.The 2010
team must eliminate miscues of this nature to reach their potential.
Coach Dave Christenson's
team is coming off a 35-7 defeat at the hands of another Top 5 team—Texas
.No matter what happens Saturday,
you have to admire a team that tackles two teams of that stature in back-to-back
weekends.The Cowboys already have
's attention for knocking off fellow Western Athletic Conference power
in the New Mexico Bowl last year.That
game opened more than a few eyes of football followers around the WAC.
The Cowboys snuck up on some teams last year and were able
to win five games with fourth-quarter rallies.If
plays up to their potential and the Broncos do not, everyone in
will be screaming for the Cowboys to pull off some more magic this Saturday.Turnovers are a critical factor in any close game and that was what put
over the top last year.They ranked
17th nationally in turnover ratio.Count on the Cowboy defense to be pulling at footballs carried by Bronco
running backs and trying to bait Kellen Moore into throwing an ill-advised pick.Potential?This isn't what
usually does but if the Broncos don't play up to their potential, the Cowboys
are in the game.If a Bronco punt
returner or kickoff returner puts the ball on the turf, it makes for a short
touchdown and an easy score for
Cowboy quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels is a guy the Bronco
staff knows about—they were interested in him when he was a possible recruit.He originally was headed to
but when a Spartan coach went to
, Carta-Samuels followed him.Carta-Samuels
(6-2, 215) passed for 1,953 yards and ran for 366 as a freshman last season.With that experience and given a more expansive playbook this fall, this
QB could have an outstanding season.
Wyoming has made the switch to a 4-3 defense from the 3-4 of
years past.However, all four
defensive linemen starters are gone from last year.That means that juniors Gabe Knapton (6-3, 248) and Josh Biezuns (6-2,
247) have made the switch from linebacker to end.The Cowboys hope to use their great quickness to get a pass rush.BoiseState, meanwhile, will be looking to pound the ball
straight at them to wear them down so the quickness is a non-factor.Watch for that battle Saturday.Freshman
Patrick Mertens (6-5, 269) and Ben Durbin (6-3, 250, So.) look to start at
Middle linebacker Brian Hendricks (6-1, 221, Jr.) is the leader of his group.Ghaali Muhammad (6-0, 225, So.) will start at one vacant linebacker
position while Devyn Harris (6-3, 225) could be the strongside performer.
says "Our back seven is going to be as quick and fast as probably any group in
the country." That is
saying a lot but the strength of theWyomingdefense
will definitely be the secondary. Brothers
Marcell (5-10, 189, Sr.) and Tashaun Gipson (6-0, 203, Jr.) return this fall at
Free safety Chris Prosinski (6-1, 210) returns for his senior year after ranking 10th
in the country last season with 10.8 tackles per game.Shamiel Gary (6-1, 210) is another playmaker in the Cowboy defensive
backfield, earning Freshman All-America honors.
Placekicker Ian Watts
(6-3, 187) was another surprise freshman success story. He
not only got the starting job as a walk-on but won three games with winning
Punter Austin Mc Coy
(6-3, 202) sported a 43.3 average last season.Marcell Gipson will be back on kickoffs and Leonard will be responsible
for punt returns.
This is a young but talented
squad.The Cowboys have 16
returning starters and plenty of mojo to go around.They want to push themselves and take it to the next level.You won't see the Cowboy players bowing to the Broncos as they enter
the field; that isn't quite what they have in mind.If
does not have their "A" game, they could get beat just as easy as Virginia
Tech did against a supposedly inferior opponent.One thing that early game taught us is that any college football team can
beat any other.
should win.We all know they are
favored.The E/A Sports simulations
had them winning all 50 times.
That means absolutely nothing come Saturday night at