Oh, UNLV. On this day they are beautiful, if only because they took out the Cowboys last night and caused a 3 way tie at the top of the MWC’s Mountain Division between Boise, New Mexico, and Wyoming at 5-1 in conference. Only Boise State
has a strong out of conference W-L record to back up that conference record in the national eye, but they’re going to need to win these last two games, and they’re among the most difficult. Are the Rebels deep enough to beat Boise? Probably. There is more parity in the Mountain Division than ever before and anything can happen. If Boise can’t get their offense moving and UNLV puts up another 400 yard ground game, this could be interesting.
UNLV, defensively, isn’t statistically awesome. They allow a hell of a lot of yards on the ground, probably as a result of their commitment to playing man up defense. This is also why if the team that showed up this last weekend in Hawaii in the blue and orange are as good at executing their pass game again against the Rebels at home next weekend, they should roll up a hell of a lot of offense, just like Wyoming did last night.
The Rebels defense is opportunistic, and has more turnovers on the season forced than Boise State does. Otherwise, Boise is statistically superior. The Broncos defense allows fewer yards, fewer points, fewer yards per play, fewer first downs…on paper this thing is Hawaii Part Two.
(Sorry, Warriors, but that was ridiculously entertaining. Too bad it was at your expense. Pls keep getting better so these things get even more fun.)
Will Boise beat UNLV on Friday on the Blue? Probably. But every week, there’s a chance that our Mountain West foes make a game of it. In the end, even if the team does manage to get past another giant killer in UNLV or Air Force, all there is waiting at the end is SDSU and a talented bowl opponent.
This season has been an amazing ride, and our team is very good. Harsin and his coaching staff have managed to improve almost every week, as much as Bronco Twitter likes to panic about the exact nuance of achieving that goal. Rypien has proven himself to be an intelligent, accurate, and prolific passer and another in the line of great Boise State quarterbacks. He could do great things at the next level if he continues to work his ass off like this.
Boise’s defense is swarming to the ball again, with the senior leadership on that side of the ball being solid both statistically (200 tackles between Weaver, Vallejo, and James) and intangibly. These Broncos have revealed who they are – they don’t give up, they know how to win, they are capable of great things, they have a sense of humor about themselves, and work extremely hard. That’s all we can ask for, Bronco Nation.
This team is the epitome of the idea that nobody else can be Boise State, because Boise State is still out here being Boise State. Now let’s see how much fun they can make these last couple games and get a shot at a championship.