Great to see that Boise State & Marshall have scheduled a home and home series against each other. Those games should be a lot fun to watch.
Boise State did a great job a few years ago getting the likes of Power 5 teams Florida State, Oklahoma State and Michigan State to agree to home & home series. Since then the it has been slim pickings. They are saddled with 2 dreadful southern rejects in Troy (losers to even Idaho) and Louisiana /Lafayette @ home along with AAC bottom dweller UConn and ACC weakling Virginia. In addition UTEP and Rice were the latest addition to their less than stellar non league schedule in future years. They still have surprising Washington State on the schedule for the next 2 seasons and traditional PAC 12 doormat Oregon State next year.
It is a challenge to get teams to come to Boise to play in such a tiny stadium. Marshall does represent an improvement over Idaho State. Let us hope that with their weak Mountain West schedule that no more FCS teams are slated for the future.
I agree. I love that we play BYU annually, but we need to get at least two more Power Five schools on the schedule each year.
Doubt you’ll reply or even see this as it’s like 8 months past when you posted lol.
Only way Boise State is going to get two power 5 teams is if they decide to do more 1 and done games. Boise State has lost a little bit of it’s lust in terms of National perception but a couple good years could easily bring that back. It may be a scenario where they schedule a lot of home and homes with Washington State and Oregon State. I’d also look at going for home and homes with Colorado and Utah.
For me the key I would like to see is a lot of games against either the Big 12 or PAC-12 since those are the two conferences that one day will send Boise State an invite to their conference.
Great to see these two schedule each other. Should be some very good games.
If Michigan or Alabama scheduled Rice and UTEP some people would lose their ever-loving minds.
Rice and UTEP would be the toughest non-conference opponents on Alabama’s schedule in most years.
I highly doubt that.
Considering they have played games against Clemson, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Michigan, or West Virginia recently, that’s a pretty ignorant thing to even claim and proves that many college football fans are simply idiots.
Joe, you are clearly a hypocrit. Alabama DOES schedule these type of schools, and rarely plays TRUE road games against anyone OOC. Yes they have big match-ups every now and again, but probably not as many as Boise does OOC, and definitely not as many as they do which requires 1000 mi. or more of travel (and statistically, the further a team travels, the lower their win percentage so it does make a difference).
Don’t bring a “holier then though” attitude in like you’re in touch when you are clearly just as aloof with your starting comment. Hank made an idiotic comment, but then so did you, so everything is business as usual in the internet world for sports fans.
SDSU still doesn’t have 12 games on their 2015 schedule? What is going on there….
Still looking for game, will likely be FCS
San Diego State is the last FBS program still working to complete their 2015 schedule. Why are the Aztecs having such an issue? Multiple FCS programs would love a guarantee game and are open to playing two or three FBS programs in a season.
Or is San Diego State having funding issues and cannot afford to pay for a guarantee game?
Why isn’t the final week: Fres St @ SJSU, CSU@ Wyo, AF @ UNM, Nev @ SDSU, BSU@ UNLV. They should have BSU and Nevada play every year because that’s a longtime rivalry, probably bigger for Nevada than UNLV.
The MWC has 22 games scheduled against Power 5 teams in 2015. In 2013 they were 1-20; last year they picked up 3 wins beating Colorado, Wake Forest and Washington State. Can they win 5 this season-or would that be asking too much?
I agree it should be rivalries, but the pairings should be:
Air Force-New Mexico
Utah St.-Boise St.
Fresno St.-San Jose St.
Hawaii-San Diego St.
It also keeps it in division.
It probably would be that but USU and Hawaii are playing non conference games that weekend, so it messes things up.
The MWC let BYU get USU for the final week 2015 and 2016 in exchange for BYU letting USU out of a 2 for 1 deal. No hassle for the MWC, Hawaii appears to have been granted the right to schedule non-conference the closing week.
Rivalries are good, AF vs CSU is Good but the big Rivalries with AF are non conference, Navy & Army. As a person setting in the stadium, a Sat game is my biggest desire & need. Friday & Thursday games are 90% of time unable to attend. I know TV & MWConf wants the money but empty stands are not good. I can’t even give away my Thur games.
I like SJSU’s schedule. We have rivals Fresno State, San Diego State at home, plus BYU and Boise State. These will really help attendance.
But this has problems. SJSU should host SDSU one year, Fresno State the next year to help build consistency in attendance and interest. Also Fresno State and SJSU should be playing the last week or the next to last week every year. Same for Colorado State-Wyoming.
Building rivalries is key. So they should set up last weekend rivalries. They also should allow schools to have one permanent cross rival. Nevada-Boise State is an obvious one.
It would have been better is the MWC divided by “old” and “new” (WAC), as that would have preserved rivalries.
West: Hawaii, Fresno St, San Jose St, Nevada, Utah St, Boise St
Mountain: San Diego St, UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado St, Wyoming, Air Force
You’d probably want SDSU-Hawaii (reduce travel) and UNLV-Nevada as built in cross rivals in that setup.
Whatever. The MWC clearly has not thought much about building rivalries. But I think they are critical to survival at the G5 level, to built interest without a chance at the Playoffs.
San Jose State is going to struggle this year on run defense again..our defensive lineman are once again in the 260-270 range and that ain’t going to get it done. Just hope there is enough balance on offense to keep the defense off the field.
With a very mediocre Fresno St. team traveling to Boise to get their butts kicked for the 2nd time this season, this game has all of the attractiveness of 2 day old bread.
Does anyone out there care?
The record of Boise State is a lot better than Fresno but look at the season, Boise does not test there abilities against big schools. That’s the big thing with Fresno they play schools like USC, Nebraska. So if Fresno plays good the whole game I believe they can win but this team is lazy and tends to let it go and loose. Also said Boise has the confidence of a better record and with a win over Fresno this year. Just have to wait and see.
Boise state played ole miss who is a way stronger team than USC and Nebraska
Your question being ( does anyone out there care? ) Dave.. you have to be kidding…You are totally correct ….No one cares what you think.. AND that’s how your question sounded to most DAVE.
We care more about the game then your comment. If you didn’t care you wouldn’t have took the time to be here. Unless you secretly do care but don’t want to admit it.
If you are a BSU Fan you should care. This game shows how far this team has come this year and the fans should show up to show their support and appreciation for all of the hard work that the players and coaches have put in.
Boise state played ole miss. Is that not a good team?
Driving 8 hours to watch BSU win the conference. Go Broncos!!!!
Lets get this Win BRONCO NATION , and get back to the …..Fiesta Bowl….
Boise State is totally motivated. It will be a great
game with a major bowl for BSU in the balance.
Recruiting bonanza if Boise wins .
yah, Ben I was wondering aout the whole ACC thing too. oopsie.
I love Boise State football, but Fresno will show up with no intention of not getting a win on the blue. Lets hope the J-Train has the steam to play a really physical game all four quarters.
That’s what the conservatives want you to think.
BSU is putting together a nice OOC schedule for the coming seasons… Now they need to find an appealing home game for 2019 or maybe try a 3 game series (neutral in 2019 and home and home ’20 & ’21) with a marquee opponent… with the 2019 game being played in Cowboy Stadium… Maybe they can get TCU or Oklahoma to do that… or perhaps Mississippi State…
Getting that done could be huge… now if dreams could come true… lol
Neutral site in 2019 isn’t happening for Boise. No school is going on the road 3 times OOC unless it’s desperate for cash.
Are there any future plans to upgrade Albertson stadium and expand the capacity beyond 36,800? It seems that would help attract top flight non league games besides Florida St on a home & basis.
Also any plans to upgrade the schedule by getting rid of the Louisiana/Lafayette game in 2016 or even worse the home & home with Troy in 2017 and 2018. Those teams have no attraction to Boise fans and do nothing for strength or schedule. Let the SEC feast on those patsies.
Last question, why doesn’t Boise ever schedule Pac12 teams besides the Washington & Oregon schools? Even for a 1 home, 2 away or neutral site game or even a one and done with the UCLA, USC, Arizona or Arizona St.
In regards to the last question. USC, UCLA and ASU have massive stadiums. Their profit margins aren’t going to be as high as bringing on a Fresno State, Virginia, or a New Mexico when you look at what Boise will charge vs. how many tickets they can sell. With few exceptions, when you see Boise play in a 50,000+ stadium, it’s because the game is organized by a third party and/or at a neutral site.
Besides, what recruiting benefit would going to the state of Arizona bring? Boise gets most of their players from California, Texas, Washington and Oregon. Why not play games in the states where the players’ families can come see them? They already have roughly one California game a year. If anything, they should being trying to get more games against Texas based teams.
If Boise wanted to play in the state of Arizona, they wouldn’t need to schedule ASU or Arizona, They can just win the Mountain West and get to the Fiesta. It’s a win-win!
Boise St has home-and-homes with ULL and Troy. Who do you propose as replacements for those home-and-homes? Are you going to pay big guarantees to FCS programs?
The reality is Boise St does not provide much attraction to most P5 programs. That is the payoff of winning a game in Boise St does not match that of losing a game in Boise St. The potential risk outweighs the potential reward. Certainly there are exceptions to the rule, but in general, as long as Boise St demands a home-and-home, most major P5 programs will not want to come to Boise. So if Boise St wants to continue bring major programs to grocery store stadium, it will be via 2-for-1 contracts. BYU is in the same situation. But the national perception is BYU is moving forward whereas Boise is taking a step back with Coach Petersen and TCU gone. Unless BSU receives in accidental invite to join the XII, the Bronco golden days can only be observed in the rear view mirror.
that is not the most positive response that I was hoping to read. it is getting weary beating up on the same MWC weaklings like UNLV, San Jose St. Wyoming, Hawaii and New Mexico.
What will it take to get Boise St. an invite to the Pac12 or Big12?
What will it take? About twice the academic standards they have now.
Actually, if you did a poll of BYU fans, the majority would tell you that they think their team never should’ve left the Mountain West.
Boise State getting an invite to the Big XII doesn’t seem as far-fetched as it might have a couple months ago. With TCU and Baylor getting snubbed by the playoff committee, the conference has to smarting and maybe thinking about expanding to 12 teams and adding a conference championship game. With 5 power conferences and 4 playoff spots, the Big XII as it is now is set up to be odd man out. And Boise didn’t exactly hurt their chances of being recruited with a third Fiesta Bowl win. If I was the Big XII I would be courting Boise and BYU.
Adding to previous comment, Boise State has been able to schedule series with some P5 programs (Florida St, Oklahoma St, Michigan St, Vrginia) because of the Broncos earned reputation as a top “mid-major” (since the dissolution of Big West Football Conference in 2000). If Boise St were able to effectively maintain this perception, then scheduling Boise St would continue to provide top P5 programs with a relative OOC SOS benefit.
But the problem is the relative strength of the MWC, with TCU, Utah and no longer in the conference, has diminshed and likely to remain so. Thus the SOS value of having Boise St on the schedule has decreased. So don’t expect many more of those marquee matchups to be played in Boise, at least as part of home-and-home contracts.
On the other hand the Broncos should continue to be in good enough position to schedule home-and-home series with the lower division P5 programs. But one-off neutral games will continue to be significant component of Boise St OOC schedules as they have been in the recent past (VT, Georgia, Ol Miss). As well as an annual BYU game.
With that said time, it’s for another Oregon-Boise St series, and for the Ducks to get over the 2009 debacle.
Should be “…with TCU, Utah and BYU no longer in the MWC conference”. And Virginia SIC.
Boise St has enough “market power” to attract smaller market P12 & XII programs to play home-and-homes in Boise. However the problem is the P12 & XII 9-game conference schedules provides for only three OOC games. And some of those programs already have annual OOC rivalries (Iowa St-Iowa, Utah-BYU, Colorado-Colo St) so getting those programs on the schedule is more difficult.
In the near term, the Broncos have a Hawaii exemption in 2016, and both Arizona and Texas Tech have a 2016 opening. And Kansas St has openings in both 2016 & 2017 and Snyder likes to keep his OOC schedule relatively “manageable”.
Texas A&M cancelled the 2016-17 series with Oregon so the Ducks have openings both seasons, But the Ducks need a P5 OOC opponent. However an Oregon-Boise St series in 2020-21 is a possibility.
Maybe when the Albertson’s-Safeway merger sells more potatoes, Boise State can further expand the blue turf stadium.
You bring up excellent points Ricky… The fact is the MWC lost a lot when TCU, Utah and BYU bolted, and maybe they’ll never recover from that blow… With that being said the MWC is the arguably the best of the G5 conferences and BSU is arguably the best and most attractive team out of all the mid-majors… and also arguably better than most bottom tier programs in major conferences… My point is, that a OOC game vs. BSU for a P5 team will bolster their strength of schedule as long as BSU remains competitive…
I understand a win over BSU will not look as good as a win over, say Florida State, but it will look good. BSU needs to worry and take care of what they can control and if they do that they’ll probably emerge as a great opponent for a OOC game for any team in the country.
A series with Oregon will have to wait until maybe ’19 & ’20 as both the Ducks and Broncos have already filled up their OOC slots unit 2019, regardless, if agreed upon, that’ll be a great series for the Broncos…
But with that exemption in 2016 that the Broncos have, maybe they can perhaps schedule a marquee neutral site game for the right amount of money….
I really do think that Boise State could do better (strength of schedule) if they moved away from MW & became Independent!! We all know ESPN would for sure give them a handy TV deal… Plus we know they won’t do…
Im pro independence too. Thing is that’ll it’ll still be hard to get quality opponents for home-home series… It’ll be just as hard as it is today with the added difficulty of needing to fill out an entire schedule!!!
I still think BSU could score series with the Indiana’s, Illinois’s, Iowa State’s and Louisville’s of the world. Plus the higher tier non-P5 teams will also schedule BSU… I believe it should be something to consider if BSU ends up not getting the coveted P5 invite.
There’s no chance ESPN gives them a TV deal. The Idaho is much smaller than what ESPN usually does deals for. Teams like Texas or BYU have national followings, the kind of which unfortunately, the Broncos don’t have.
If not for a TV deal, why would going independent be worthwhile? Even Notre Dame needs a partnership with a conference in order to fill out their schedule.