The Big Bad Broncos own both the longest Home win streak,
and the longest Overall Win streak in D1 Football,
and have embarrassed some teams on the way to both marks..
now the Cougars come to the Blue looking to end the Blue
Cougars of Brigham Young University to Boise for the first
time ever on Friday evening in front of a Sold Out Bronco
Stadium, and a National Audience on ESPN. The Broncos are
once again favored, this time by nearly 3 TD's, but once teams get on the field that won't
matter. Will the Broncos be able to protect their
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Coach Bleu's 5 Keys to a Bronco Victory:
- Establish a Running
-- 2 weeks ago against Oregon State, the Broncos
flexed their rushing muscle, rushing for 246 yards, good
for a 4.7 ypc average, against what is supposed to be one
of the better defenses in the Pac-10. Last week the
Broncos struggled against what was supposed to be one of
the weaker programs in the WAC this year, rushing for only
175 yards for a 3.6 ypc average. Z's passing more
than made up for the shortfall in rushing, but against the
Cougars, the Broncos need to control the clock and grind
out some yardage on the turf, and to do that they
- Own the LOS
-- Boise State's Offensive and Defensive Lines won the
game in Provo last year for the Broncos. The
National Media may love to harp on how our undersized
Linemen play above their size, but Bronco fans know that
strong, fast, smart players beat slow lumbering behemoths
every time. The Broncos must not only hold their own
against BYU's much larger lines on both sides of the ball,
they must dictate the play at the line. While the
Bronco's young Offensive Line has exceeded all our
expectations, which were very high to begin with, the
Defensive Line has been equally bright, pressuring
opposing QB's and shutting down the oppositions run
games. (Oregon State was held to 58 yards rushing
while UTEP managed only 56.) It would however appear
that BYU's Head Coach missed those games as he has
recently stated, "I feel like we can run the ball
against these guys (Broncos) if we want to."
A perplexing boast, considering that BYU averages only 30
yards on the ground. That mentality is typical of
the mantra the Broncos have heard all to often, but
one that is rarely successful. It would seem that
respect is hard to come by, even when it's a team that was
methodically picked apart not even a year ago...
Win the Turn-over
-- The Broncos have had waaay too many mental mistakes so
far this season. Against UTEP, the Broncos threw 2
INT's, and fumbled 4 times, losing 2 while luckily
recovering 2 in the endzone for TD's. However,
against Oregon State, the Broncos had only 1 INT that was
thrown very early. The 4 TO's against UTEP kept them
in the game as one fumble was returned for a TD and the
others set up UTEP generally in good field position.
If the Broncos win this battle, they win the game as the
only thing that has slowed the Bronco Offensive Machine
this year has been turnovers. Last year against BYU,
the Broncos had 4 picks, with one returned for a TD.
This is the type of smart play that the Broncos have come
to expect.. not the UTEP aberration. That's the way
it has to be for the Broncos to remain successful.
Pressure, and more Pressure!!
John Beck has proven to be a reliable starter, when
healthy. He ranks 6th overall in the MWC with a QB
rating of 110.5. He has thrown only 1 TD compared to
3 INT's, all of which came against Defending National
Champ USC. The Cougars have played a very tough OOC
schedule, losing to Stanford and USC, with their lone win
coming against Notre Dame. They loaded up on JC WR's
in the off-season and landed 1 true star in JC Transfer,
JR Todd Watkins. Blessed with both size, (6'3) and
4.3 speed, Watkins has been the 1 consistent bright spot
for the Cougars. Watkins already has nearly 300
yards on the season and has been the focus of the Cougar
passing attack. Far from 1-dimensional, the Cougars
also have Austin Collie, a possession receiver with 15
catches, and boast a potential AA at TE in Ben
Coates. Overall there are 8 Cougars with 4
receptions or more on the season.
What does all that mean? Well.. the Broncos have
shown that they're vulnerable to the long ball and if Beck
gets time, he could have a field-day with his stable of
receivers. So, the Broncos have 2 alternatives, play
the Nickel as the base, or put Beck on his Back.
Korey Hall accomplished that last year with a vicious hit
that put Beck out of the game, but a repeat of that can't
be relied on, so the Broncos need to step up their
pass-rush on the ultra-elusive Beck.
Remember to set
-- The Broncos have never lost on National TV..
they need to keep that trend going, especially given that
this game is not only the only game on TV.. but it's at
home ON THE BLUE!!
|Coach Bleu's Player Picks:
* watch for these players on Friday
* Alex Guerrero: As the big man goes, so does the
* Jared Zabransky: Hard to ignore the leader of the pack,
deadly with both his arm and legs.
* Gerald Alexander: Has been hit and miss on the season, with 2
picks, but also has let his man get behind him.. MUST have a
stellar game against the Cougs.
* Cam Hall: Welcome back after missing 2 games.. we
need his speed, hits, and coverage ability!
Hall: Korey always seems to come up big in big games, and
against BYU last year he bullied the Cougars into submission
* Drisan James: We all know what Lawrence Bady, TJ
Acree, and Derek Schouman can do, but it's Drisan who is
leading the Broncos in receptions with 13. 3 of the top
4 WAC yardage receivers are Broncos as well.. (Bady, James,
Thanks go out to Miss Cleo for her help in contacting the Coach!