#23 ranked Boise State Broncos welcome the UTEP Miners to the
Blue this Saturday. UTEP lost big... REALLY BIG.. to San Jose State this past weekend. They gave up Career
numbers to SJSU QB Scott Rislov. This is the same SJSU
team that the Broncos scored their highest amount EVER on....
all of this points to a blow out on the Blue. Even more
so if you look at the scores of common opponents, (SJSU beat
UTEP 69-41, Boise State beat SJSU 77-14). Does all that
In a word.. YES!
I may be just a specter, but on after kickoff on Saturday I'll
have more life than Miners, .
Boise State (Broncos)
||8-1 (4-0 WAC)
||2-8 (1-4 WAC)
Coach Bleu's 5 Keys to a Bronco Win:
- Show up
-- UTEP is a young team. They have improved over
last season, but still appear to be light-years away from
being even a mediocre WAC team. Head Coach Gary Nord
is on the hotseat in El Paso, and the kindest thing the
Broncos can likely do for Miner fans might be to put
him out of his misery. The Broncos win this one..
BIG.. as long as they remember to show up. Somebody
set the alarm clock!
- Corral Howard Jackson
-- UTEP RB Howard Jackson is averaging an amazing 6.4 ypc
this season. What is even more amazing about that is
that Jackson weighs about 'a buck twenty'. Jackson's
stats say he's 5'10 160lbs, but he looks like he's about
140lbs. He is fast, but so skinny that it won't take
much to bring him down. Last year, a big hit from
Andy Avalos sent him from the game. This year Korey Hall has joined Avalos in the big hitting department, and
both will keyed on Jackson.
Miner's QB Carousel...
-- The UTEP offense seems to have a split personality
problem. The Miners have played 2 QB's an almost
equal amount of time. Orlando Cruz and Jordan Palmer
are both, (oddly enough), completing passes at an average
of 49.7%. Palmer (Who wanted to be a Bronco, but was
beat out by Jared Zabransky) has been called the future of
UTEP, but he has a TD-to-INT ratio of 6-11. Good for
only a 98.5 QB rating. Cruz has less INT's, but also
less TD's, with a ratio of 5-9, good for a rating of
105.6. That is a combination of 11 TD's and 20 INT's.
By comparison, RD has a ratio of 20-2, good for a rating
of 160.7. In fact, every Bronco who has completed a
pass this year has a highter rating than the UTEP QB's,
and that includes WR TJ Acree.
-- UTEP's QB problems, (See #3 above), will lend
themselves to opportunities for our DB's. Against
BYU, our defensive backfield played like
world-beaters. They should be able to play up tight
and gamble all game long on Saturday, which will result in
ample opportunities. We need to take advantage of
Control the clock
-- The Broncos will have success against UTEP
in all phases of the game, but the area that may need the
most work as we head into the final WAC sprint is the
running game. The Broncos need to use this game as a
scrimmage to work out all the kinks for DMike and
Donny. Look for both to be at or near 100 yards for
the game as the Broncos try to milk the clock once the
lead is insurmountable, (which in reality should happen
|Coach Bleu's Player Picks:
* watch for these players on Saturday
* Ryan Dinwiddie
(It has become a given every week that RD will dominate!)
* David Mikell (DMike will get his chance to run at will on the
* Wes Nurse
(Against BYU he had a INT for a TD.. can he make it 2 in a
* Jared Zabransky (How often do you see the backup
QB listed as a player to watch? That's how lopsided this game
* Jeff Carpenter & Lee Marks (Same thing as
above, only with RB's, DMike & Donny will get their yards
and then we'll see Marks and Carpenter, biggest question on
Saturday might be, "Who will be the leading rusher?".)
* Kevin Louwsma (Fan and Coach favorite is a SR and
doesn't have a TD... if he's going to score as a Bronco, this
might be THE game.)
Thanks go out to Miss Cleo for her help in contacting the Coach!