|Boise State and Hawaii meet in front of a National Audience on ESPN2
this Saturday. The Broncos are looking to put a cap on
their 2nd straight unbeaten WAC season, while Hawaii is
playing the role of the Spoiler. There is really nothing
up for grabs in this game, the Broncos clinched their 2nd
straight WAC Championship with last weeks pummeling of
Nevada... and Hawaii has already accepted a bid to play in
their hometown Hawaii Bowl.
So... this game doesn't really matter..
Hawaii was humbled last year on the blue, and would like
nothing more than to put a dampener on the Broncos
second dream season. Ask any Hawaii fan... they respect
the Broncos, but they do not fear them. THEY were the
pre-season media darlings. THEY were picked by both the
Media and the Coaches to win the WAC. Yes, they've
faltered at Tulsa and Nevada, but last week they flexed their
muscle, humbling Alabama on the Island. Hawaii may lose
focus on the mainland, but at home they play tough... almost
as tough as the Broncos on the Blue. This game may not
be the toughest matchup the Broncos have had this season, but
it will be close.
Boise State (Broncos)
||11-1 (7-0 WAC)
||8-4 (5-2 WAC)
Alabama, Louisiana Tech
Coach Bleu's 5 Keys to a Bronco Win:
- No Passing Zone..
-- Hawaii leads the WAC in passing offense, and has 6
players with 30 or more catches on the year. By
comparison, Boise State has only 2. (TG and TJ Acree)
Hawaii throws the ball like it's going out of style, and
they spread it around. Boise State must cover not 2
or 3 WR's, but sometimes 4, and a RB out of the
backfield. Of course, all that throwing does not
come without a price. Hawaii averages a WAC worst
102.9 yards a game on the ground. Boise State will
counter with their Nickel and Dime sets. To win, the
Broncos must respect the rush, while focusing on the pass.
- Surf the Waves..
-- Hawaii leads the WAC with 41 QB sacks on the
season. (By comparison, the Broncos have 28.)
If the Bronco Machine expects to get rolling on the
islands, the OLine MUST give RD some time to find his
receivers. At BYU they faced a very talented D and
withstood. Hawaii, however, is just as big, but
faster. Travis Laboy leads the WAC in sacks, and
will lead a Warrior D that will come at RD in waves on
Saturday, the Broncos must ride those waves or else we
could wipe out. The Bronco OLine has given up just
18 sacks in 12 games. This will be the matchup that
decides the game. Games are won in the trenches.
-- Last week, Prove it meant winning the
WAC. This week, it means sending a message to the
WAC that the Broncos are unstoppable. A win at
Hawaii means that the Broncos will have gone 15-0 against
the WAC in the past 2 seasons, and have won 17 WAC games
in a row. Hawk preaches to the team about
finishing... this is their chance to show it.
Take the scenic
-- The Broncos are known for their quick strike
offense, but even with that capability, average 30:14 of
ball possession each game. Hawaii averages less than
29 minutes... 2nd lowest in the WAC. One way to keep
the Warriors from outscoring the Broncos is to keep their
O on the sidelines. The Broncos need to dominate the
running game, not too lofty a goal when the Warriors give
up an average of 161 yards a game.. nearly double what the
Broncos surrender. Long sustained drives are just
what the Broncos need to frustrate the June Jones Fun
& Gun offense.
Set the VCR
-- This is the third time this season
we've told you to set the VCR. Boise State is
unbeaten on ESPN or ESPN2. The Broncos always rise
to the challenge when the lights shine brightest.
Saturday will be no different.
|Coach Bleu's Player Picks:
* watch for these players on Saturday
* Ryan Dinwiddie
(The WAC Offensive Player of the Year shoo-in doesn't want
to go out of the WAC without a win on his last game!!)
* Julius Brown & Gabe Franklin (The starting
CB's will be tested, retested, and then tested again against
Hawaii's pass-happy 'O')
* Lawrence Bady
(The focus has been on TG lately, and Hawaii knows it...
watch for the speedy Bady to light up the Hawaii secondary
that is looking for that 'slow white guy' that tears everybody
* Cam Hall & Brad Allen (The Nickel and dime
backs will be counted on heavily against Hawaii. Allen
will be rushing every other play, and Hall will look to pad
his INT total. Look for both to see the field for much
of the game. Only way they don't is if they're replaced
by the 2nd team after the Broncos start the blowout!)
* Gerald Alexander (Notice a theme?? The DB's
will be counted on BIG TIME this weekend. Because of
Hawaii's speedy WR's, GA will be counted on, in a big way, to
spell Brown and Franklin. He must be up to the
* Chris Carr &
Wes Nurse (Carr woke up in a BIG way against Nevada,
and will have chances this weekend again, and he matches up
well with Hawaii's shorter receivers. Nurse comes to
play each weekend... but the Sr. Captain, playing in his final
WAC game, will be all over Hawaii's O this weekend.)
Thanks go out to Miss Cleo for her help in contacting the Coach!