Attack The Opponent: University of Nevada – Reno Wolf Pack
Everybody okay after what happened last weekend at Air Force? I’m not sure I’ve ever been that wrong on a game prediction in my life. However, it’s time to act like we want our team to act, so now that the hangover is gone and Monday has arrived, it’s time to get back to work. Who better to take out our frustrations on than Reno?
Boise State and UNR have a long history together. The series started in 1971 with a Boise State win, but didn’t really become a year-in, year-out “rivalry” until 1979. As a whole, Boise is up in the series 26-13. It’s been all Boise State since 2001, with one exception in 2010. For some reason, I can’t at all remember what happened in that game. Hmm.
No, Calculon. None of us remember what happened in Reno 4 years ago. At all. Ever.
Last season, the Wolfies were kind of terrible. Their D was suspect and their offense, while prolific against most opponents, just couldn’t get going. So what is this years incarnation of the Pack like? Apparently made of magic. Because despite the fact that opponents are out gaining them in passing yards, first downs, and total yardage, Reno is still winning. Their only loss thus far was a squeaker to Arizona two weeks ago. The Wolf Pack coaches are attributing it to their defense “wanting it” more but that’s the answer of a group that has done no data analysis. I think that their run defense is spectacular. That is the only part of the defensive game where the Wolfie’s are out performing their opponent. Prior to Saturday, I would have thought that Boise State would just focus on the pass game to try to open up the ground for Ajayi, but now I’m not so sure. Nevada does only have 4 picks so far this season, so if Boise can avoid turning the ball over a billion times again…
A lot more has to do with where Boise ends up. Seeing Matt Miller step back onto the sideline in street clothes and a walking boot last week was nauseating. That one man is a third of Boise State’s offense. Boise State’s offensive line got their butts kicked by an AFA D-line that just was not physically big enough to be doing such things. Coach Huff, maybe we can stop riding the lightning and maybe attempt to Seek and Destroy? It also doesn’t help that Boise’s defensive backfield has been pretty much decimated by injury. So how healthy can the guys get in the next week? We know that our coaches will watch tape and make adjustments, but just how effective are adjustments going to be when we’re playing third stringers at LB against the guy who is arguably the most dangerous QB in our conference?
So instead of focusing on the unknown, we’ve got a week to fill with the most justified hate to hate on since the last time Idaho was on the schedule – Reno Hate.
Um, good job avoiding syphilis, alcohol poisoning, and mining accidents guys!
This is the week we need to hold a grudge. Our best bet is a supremely pissed off Bronco squad, trying to get a fresh start vs. a team that is obnoxious in every way. First, they’re from freaking Nevada, which is the armpit of the west. Unless you like thousands of miles of sagebrush broken up by dirty casinos, then it’s cool I guess. Reno is basically trashy Boise, like the awful neighbors that leave their Christmas lights up and functioning year round and use their front yard as a junkyard/urinal. Their head coach, Brian Polian, seems to have an issue with how Boise State’s new staff recruited last year, and was quite vocal about it.
“And, frankly, they’re going to look at me and say, ‘Who cares what he says? They’ve beaten us once in 10 years. And that’s fact.'” – Brian Polian, UNR HC
Pretty much, Brian. Pretty much.
So, what this all comes down to is I have no idea what is going to transpire in Reno this weekend, but I do know that Nevada is obnoxious, probably better talent-wise than Boise St. fans are giving them credit for, and has a lot to prove. They probably think the Broncos are in a perfect position to lose this weekend. I’ve got more faith in our players and coaches than that though, and would love nothing more than to see the boys in ANYTHING BUT ORANGE HELMETS go down to their silly little campus and whip the Wolf pack just to shut them up for one more year and get the Bronco’s winning ways back on track.