Quick Takes and Afterthoughts on Boise State/Oregon

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Quick Takes and Afterthoughts on Boise State/Oregon
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  • Hard to tell whether the Broncos were that good or if the Ducks were really that bad.
  • I could tell Chip Kelly has never been a head coach before. Poor play-calling. Bad decisions. No adjustments.
  • A hand-off from the shotgun in the end zone? And again on 4th and 2?
  • Credit Oregon for scheduling such a tough out-of-conference match-up. Very few teams would be willing to travel to Boise. Especially to open the season. Also credit them for scheduling Purdue and Utah as well.
  • The Boise defense looked terrific. The offense looked awkwardly committed to running the ball and maintaining balance. It worked.
  • Boise State QB Kellen Moore was poised, made great decisions, followed his progressions and seemed unstoppable from the pocket.
  • I couldn't believe how little pressure the Ducks put on Moore.
  • Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli looked aggressive at the wrong times and poised at the wrong times. Overall, he was terribly ineffective. Credit the Boise State D for some of that.
  • The Bronco coverage was sound but their ability to stop Blount made the Ducks very one-dimensional.
  • Blount will get suspended. He embarrassed the program and his teammates. He is too talented to let this one incident ruin his year. But it will.
  • Given all that happened in last year's game in Eugene, OR, I thought Boise State was out of line for taunting. There's no place for that.
  • Ironically, the whole incident hurts the Broncos. The way the crazy BCS is set up, the Broncos really need the Ducks to play well, beat Utah and contend for the Pac-10 championship. Oregon losing Blount for any period of time doesn't help.
  • I would hate to see Oregon struggle in their out-of-conference games and then come roaring back and be a force in the Pac-10. Like Oregon State last year.
  • Boise State is now the hands down favorite to bust the BCS.
  • Although BSU should have requested that ESPN not display their schedule during the game. Aside from the snapped fumble, it was their most embarrassing moment all night. They really need Nevada to beat the Irish.
  • That said, if Utah beats Oregon at Autzen, the Mountain West will virtually clinch a BCS berth provided their champion has one loss or less. The MWC may even sneak in a two-loss team if Boise State ever loses and the Big East champion is ranked below No. 17. 
  • Going back to Utah-Alabama, we now have two games in a row with a non-BCS team dominating a top-ranked BCS team on both sides of the ball and on both lines of scrimmage. Parity anyone?
  • Expect the Mountain West to announce the addition of Boise State this February in effort to appeal to the BCS. When Boise State joins the Mountain West it will be perceived as the best football conference in the West. At least toward the top.
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