Everyone likes a bye week.
It gives you a chance to spend your Saturday with the family or give a couple extra hours at work. Who doesn’t mind a break from this grueling college football schedule?
Who am I kidding, everyone dreads the bye week. It’s the worst addition to college football since Mark May. No words being exchanged between your team and its opposition, just timelines filled with good food ideas and family plans.
But this weeks war cry seemed to be “Root for Chaos”. Boise was on the outside looking in at the Mountain West Championship and needed an Aggie loss to regain control. Utah State was in the drivers seat for the Mountain Division crown and so many G5 teams were ranked higher. So what Bronco Nation needed was chaos to occur on this bye week. Utah State had New Mexico on the schedule, a seemingly easy win after a loss last week. But the win does not count until the game is over. Utah State could not handle the Lobos. With one minute left the Aggies kicker missed wide right on a 41 yard field attempt and the upset was complete. Wide right… Those words seem to haunt Broncos fans but not tonight – tonight it was all part of the chaos. But what about all those other G5 schools? This past weekend saw loses for a couple of them. On Tuesday night Toldeo saw their perfect season come to an end versus N. Illinois. On Saturday Navy beat a top 15 team for the first time since 1984 beating #13 Memphis 45-20. Unfortunately the royal flush of a bye week could not be completed as both Temple and Houston both won their games.
Where will Boise end up come bowl time? Some “professional” analyst have them playing in Las Vegas, Hawaii and one even has them in the Potato Bowl (CBS must allow drinking while making picks).
I believe that Boise will put together a strong enough season to be in the running for a New Years 6 bowl or possibly end up in Las Vegas once again. Possibly against a team like UCLA whom had high hopes for a National Championship at the beginning of the season.
Time will only tell where the Broncos end up.