Rodney Dangerfield once said, “I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people.” Unfortunately, that is the way most sports media and their fans look at the Boise State Broncos. They think the Broncos only appear to be winners because they are in a conference of losers, and many people believe the BSU athletic director prefers it that way.
However, regardless of the Boise State administration's poor game scheduling and lack of guts to play against BCS foes with no return game or two-for-one, the Broncos have proven themselves winners and worthy time after time.
Furthermore, Boise State started winning long before Gene Bleymaier and his Broncos arrived in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), college football's cellar conference.
Sure, the Broncos—like any other college football team—have played poorly in the past. But they haven't recently. Last season, under the guidance of brilliant coaching and the cool operation of a redshirt freshman quarterback, the Broncos finished their season undefeated and even beat a very fine Oregon Duck team in Eugene, Ore. along the way.
Boise State's only downfall last season was a one-point loss to TCU, and that may have been the very best TCU team ever to take the field. They were great. Boise State lost by just one point, but it didn’t even have to end that way either.
The Broncos play hard-fought football and, man-for-man, they line up among the very best college football teams in the nation.
This season, going into the third week of college play, BSU is perfect (2-0). And they open play in the Boise State conference with a game against Fresno State. Sure, Fresno State has played brilliantly in their first two games; Pat Hill coaches them and they live in California, where the sun always shines. That alone is most likely the reason that Hill is always tough early on.
But this is not the normal Bronco football team. Boise State has built a powerhouse, and they are deeper at any position than they have ever been.
Don’t be surprised if the Broncos do what Wisconsin could not, and keep the Bulldogs from scoring, or at least scoring very much.
And know this for sure: Fresno State will not contain the Broncos to a measly 34 points. This will be a smooth win for BSU, and that’s another story.