SMU is most likely bolting the WAC to join what's left of C-USA.. (after the Big East gets done raiding it). This means that the Broncos will have limited chances to go up against possibly the biggest 'name' school in the WAC. Coach Bleu takes a look at what the Broncos have to do to tame the Mustangs...
The Broncos have beaten the Cowboys already this season, but now they face an equestrian enemy, the SMU
SMU boasts one of the best running backs the Broncos will face this season. OSU's Steven Jackson
rushed for 120 yards against the Broncos, now they must face SMU's Keylon Kincade, #2 in rushing in the WAC behind DMike. The difference between DMike and Keylon is that while defenses must honor what Ryan Dinwiddie
can do through the air, SMU has only 1 weapon. Defenses key on Keylon each week, yet he still is in the top 2 in rushing... that's impressive. With that background, lets see how Coach Bleu sees it...
Saturday may have been last weekend, but for the WAC it could
be this weekend. Currently Boise State and Nevada are
both 2-0 and lead the WAC. With upcoming games at both
Hawaii and Fresno, but Broncos need to keep their focus
squarely on SMU this weekend.
Boise State (Broncos)
||5-1 (2-0 WAC)
||0-6 (0-3 WAC)
||None... Zilch... Nada..
Coach Bleu's 5 Keys to a Bronco Win:
- RD needs to rebound from last
weeks 2nd half fiasco.
-- Last weekend, RD was a very pedestrian 12-36, with only
2 completions in the 2nd half, and no TD's. RD will
have to improve, going up against the WAC's 3rd best
passing defense, and 2nd best defense overall.
- Contain Kincade.
-- Last weekend the focus was on containing Kilian.. this
weekend it's another K. Keylon Kincade has been
pretty much the only bright spot for the Mustangs this
weekend. Count on the Broncos loading the box and
daring SMU's QB to throw.
- Catch the ball...
-- Quick.. name the SMU Quarterback... can't do it can
you. His name is Richard Bartel.. and he's dead last
in the WAC in QB ratings, behind even a walk-on QB from
UTEP and behind even embattled Idaho Sophomore Michael Harrington. Bartel has thrown 8 INT's to just 4 TD
passes. The Bronco DB's have been licking their
chops all week. We know they'll get chances, but
they've gotta hold onto the ball this weekend. The
Broncos should come away with at least 2 and possibly as
many as 4 INT's if the DB's will just.. "Catch the
- Win the Special Teams clash
-- SMU is #1 in the Nation in Kickoff returns, but
is last in Punt Coverage. Boise State in contrast,
is #1 in the WAC and #9 in the Nation in Punt
returns and has been excellent on Kickoff returns with
Tyler Jones booming the ball and Donny Heck, Brad Allen,
Lee Marks, and crew flying around on coverage. This
might be the best matchup of the game, and if the Bronco's
are clicking, you might see the matchups numerous times.
- Show up.
-- There is no way the Broncos should lose this
game unless they forget to show up. SMU has looked
good at times on defense, but their offense has been on
the back of a milk carton all season. As long as the
Broncos don't oversleep the 1:07 kickoff time, they win. It's
|Coach Bleu's Player Picks:
* watch for these players on Saturday
* Ryan Dinwiddie (Looking to bounce back after last
* David Mikell (Has been improving week to week)
* Julius Brown (Will have his chances this weekend
to add to his INT total)
* Andy Avalos & Korey Hall (Somebody's gotta
focus on Kincade)
* Julius Roberts (Has become the DL force Bronco
fans have prayed for.)
* Kyle Stringer (True Freshman Phenom is playing
back in his neck of the woods, he won't disappoint his
Thanks go out to Miss Cleo for her help in contacting the Coach!