i read in the past back when Boise St. was planning on joining the Big East,
that Coach Peterson wasn't too excited about the BYU deal because if they
didn't have a deal like that, BYU would have had more pressure to go with
BoiseSt. and join the BigEast. The same thinking applies now that Boise St. is
in the MWC. But I still think overall the BYU-Boise St. series has to be looked
on by Boise St. as an overall positive. Boise has a hard time getting good
non-conference teams to be willing to come to Boise. Boise St. also seems like
one of those teams that likes to be a national player instead of just settling
for regional glory. Playing BYU helps boost their national spotlight.
I have a lot of respect for BSU. They have accomplished a lot in the College
Football world with far fewer resources than other top-tier teams from power
conferences. That being said... I'm annoyed that Peterson is taking a page
out of Chris Hill's book and using conference ties and schedule strength as
a reason to not play BYU. Coach Pete, Chris Hill has a point because he plays in
a LEGITIMATE conference. We know all too well how easy it is to put together 10
win seasons with WAC and MWC schedules. Don't forget, BYU was a member of
your beloved mediocre conference for years. Call a spade a spade and be honest:
you don't like this series because you don't like your chances. Your
conference hyperbole is phony and see-through.
Chris Petersen's team lacked key players, like their starting QB and
running backs. Yet he valiantly had his team compete where BYU's best
Spencer Hadley, Chris Apo, Cody Hoffman, and Kyle Van Noy displayed their
skills. Taysom Hill was awesome with pinpoint passing accuracy and smashmouth
runs in a near capacity crowd of BYU fans.
I think BSU could be a great rivalry game for BYU. I think it would be
competitive and in the MWC, a rivalry with a strong outside the conference team
can be great, e.g. USC and Notre Dame. Otherwise, BSU will start getting the
lack of respect that MWC teams struggle against.
Like many, including some other BYU fans, I too have been impressed with Chris
Peterson and Boise State for a long time. I'll never forget the last
series of plays they used to upset Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl some years back.
Genius. Their new QB has promise. He just needs more reps. I hope they do
well the rest of the year.
@KTar: Essentially all Petersen said was that he's not very comfortable
with it. You can't fault a coach for wanting to put himself in the best
position possible. Are you aware that BYU tries to design their schedule to
where they have two or three games that are likely to be really tough--in other
words, the likelihood for a loss is high--and then split the rest of the
schedule between 50-50 games and likely wins? I don't remember the exact
breakdown, but the point is that they try to manage the schedule to guarantee
several wins, put themselves in position to win most of their others if they
have a good team, and, if they have a fantastic team, two or three
"signature" wins on the schedule as well will propel them into a top
bowl game. All in all, I think BSU keeps playing BYU precisely because it
usually does increase their strength of schedule and allow them greater
recognition when they beat BYU. A very real concern for them, of course, is
that if BYU gets back to being BYU, beating them will be a tough task for Boise.
Petersen is a class act. He has had multiple opportunities to "move up"
to other, more prestigious schools, but has stayed in Boise. I always root for
them (except against BYU). Good luck the rest of the season, BSU!
Chris Peterson has an incredible record against very good, non-conference teams
and like BYU the recruiting targets are very narrow compared with most schools,
yet he wins and graduates his kids. I think that BYU gives the Bronco's
schedule needed beef, which they need if anyone is going to repect their record.
The MWC is horrible this year, with just one significant non-conf win, Fresno
over Rutgers 52-51. Boise has beaten Tenn-Martin (FCS), Southern Miss (winless)
and they were soundly beaten by Washington. Let's say they won all their
MWC games, how solid would their overall record be if they played Tulsa, or New
Mexico St or even rival Idaho in place of BYU? Its great to win all your games,
but unless the MW can develop stronger teams, Boise is better off playing one
PAC team, AND BYU, in place of playing one PAC team and 3 cupcakes.