May have spotted some game-day buzz in Boise after week of very little anticipation

Posted: 08/31/2013 in college football
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Let me see if my eyes are working … ok, they are … wow, yeah, there really is a lot of Boise State blue in this grocery store on Saturday morning.

Every aisle I turn into, there is someone wearing Boise State colors. There are multiple cars in the parking lot with Boise State flags flying. Look, right there – a woman wearing a “Bronco Nation” T-shirt.

So apparently Boise State has been invited to play college football in 2013 after all. I was starting to wonder if declining the Big East invitation meant the Broncos were taking a season or two off.

There has been a noticeable lack of buzz in Boise leading up to what will surely be another winning campaign for the local university. Perhaps the locals have just gotten tired of their college football program winning all the time.

The Broncos open up with a visit to Washington – of the Pac-12 wise guy, not the Division III program located in St. Louis – and the level of anticipation is much more subdued compared to recent years.

Have the locals gotten so spoiled that opening on the road against a Pac-12 program is no longer a big deal?

Did the locals notice Boise State is underdogs against the middling Pac-12 school and are waiting to see if the Broncos win first before getting excited about the season?

Does the fact Boise State beat Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl at the end of last season made a second consecutive game against the Huskies less of an attraction?

Or could it just be expected after the high level of excitement over the previous three season-openers – high-profile games against Virginia Tech (2010), Georgia (2011) and Michigan State (2012).

The buzz was incredibly high for both the Virginia Tech and Georgia openers. You almost had to remind some Boise State fans that the season would continue – win or lose – after the big contests. The anticipation wasn’t quite as high for Michigan State as the locals were feeling heavy consternation over the fact that Joe Southwick would be the quarterback and not departed school legend Kellen Moore.

And sure enough, Boise State lost to the Spartans and Southwick struggled in his first start and the locals wanted him shipped to purgatory – or up north to Moscow, where the University of Idaho is located.

It was like the season was over because the record said 0-1.

Reflecting on that reminds me how badly the Boise State fan base needs to experience a 7-6 campaign. Or two or three middle-of-the-pack seasons in a row.

Or, well, lose to San Diego State again this year.

Boise desperately needs to grow as a sports city and it will never happen with another consecutive decade of 10-win seasons.

No such occurrence will happen this season – not with another lightweight schedule and Chris Petersen still employed as the head coach.

Just look at the second opponent on the big beer sponsored schedule hanging at the grocery store – “UT Martin.”

Who even knew Texas allowed a Martin to go along with the big-boy school in Austin – oh, not Texas?

Wow, never heard of Utah-Martin. When did they start playing football? Oh, not Utah either.

Oh, were talking Tennessee? Nobody out west refers to anything from Tennessee as UT. My apologies.

As you can see, there is definitely no chance of falling to 0-2 should the Broncos lose to Washington on Saturday night.

Boise State will certainly have its hands full with Huskies tailback Bishop Sankey, who was unstoppable in the December bowl game with 279 all-purpose yards (205 rushing, 74 receiving) but also received a huge break when All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was suspended for a DUI offense. (see stellar preview here –

As if on cue, there is Kellen Moore on my television right now pitching the Boise-area car dealership he is affiliated with.

Hey, this lack of buzz is all his fault. The dude simply won too many games.


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