Five Thoughts: 5. Boise State's Power Move Over San Diego State

Five Thoughts: 5. Boise State's Power Move Over San Diego State

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Five Thoughts: 5. Boise State's Power Move Over San Diego State

Five Thoughts: 5. Boise State’s Power Move Over San Diego State


With Boise State’s big win over San Diego State, the program might have finally stepped up its game. 



5 Thoughts After Week 7

Week 7 Roundup: Rankings, Bowl Projections, Analysis
1. Which One-Loss Teams Are Fine & Which Aren’t?
2. College Football Playoff Wild Card – Notre Dame
3. What If Alabama & Georgia Go 12-0?
4. Five Big Teams Who Might Not Go Bowling
5. Boise State’s Power Move Over San Diego State

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Boise State would like to take its conference back now, thank you.

It’s been San Diego State’s Mountain West Conference over the last few years, and everyone in it was just paying rent.

It still could be. The Aztecs will still likely win the West and get back to the conference title game, but for the immediate moment, this was Boise State’s moment make a power move.

The Broncos weren’t exactly impressive over the first part of the season, blowing its chance to end the Washington State thing before it got started – giving away a 47-44 loss – and getting run over at home by Virginia. But as it turned out, Wazzu was pretty good, and the Cavaliers were a whole lot better than anyone thought at the time.

Even so, it was a bit of a fight to get by New Mexico, and beating Troy and BYU didn’t make any national noise.

Meanwhile, San Diego State had the Heisman candidate in Rashaad Penny, the team that beat Stanford, and the swagger to potentially give the Mountain West a team for a New Year’s Six bowl game.

And again, that all could still happen.

This is still an amazing SDSU team that should rip through Fresno State, Hawaii, San Jose State, Nevada and New Mexico, and at 11-1 with a rematch win over Boise State – or a win over Colorado State – for a third straight Mountain West title, it’ll be in the debate along with the American Athletic Conference winner if it’s USF or UCF.

But on Saturday night, that was the Boise State we all know and love.

The defense rose up and shut down Penny, keeping him to just 53 yards and a score on 21 carries.

Brett Rypien has been banged up throughout the year, but he and backup quarterback Montell Cozart didn’t throw any picks or take any big chances, while the offensive line dominated and Alexander Mattison ran wild.

Play efficient offense, don’t make any major mistakes, and let the defense camp out in the backfield.

Boise State came up with four sacks and 12 tackles for loss. The devastating San Diego State D only managed two tackles for loss and didn’t get to the quarterback enough.

The Broncos have to use this as a reboot, though.

There can’t be a gaffe against Josh Allen and Wyoming this week, and there can’t be mistakes against Colorado State or Fresno State on the road. The attitude that the defense showed up with in San Diego has to carry over.

But for the moment, Boise State came up with a Group of Five game changer. For the moment, it became Boise State again.

Week 7 Roundup: Rankings, Bowl Projections, Analysis
1. Which One-Loss Teams Are Fine & Which Aren’t?
2. College Football Playoff Wild Card – Notre Dame
3. What If Alabama & Georgia Go 12-0?
4. Five Big Teams Who Might Not Go Bowling
5. Boise State’s Power Move Over San Diego State

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