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Idaho-Boise St: Can Joe Vandal Ride the Broncos Out of BCS Contention?

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Nathan Enderle #10 of the University of Idaho Vandals hands off the ball during the game against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Marci NobleAnalyst INovember 13, 2009

Tomorrow’s cross-state rivalry matchup between Boise State and the Idaho Vandals has historic implications—it’s the first time in ten winless years that the Vandals stand a chance.

Hailing from the largely discredited—and even more unwatched—WAC, Idaho has been off the map for more than a decade.  A win against BSU, this weekend could finally get the country’s attention.

Boise is fighting towards a fourth straight undefeated season and hoping for a well-earned, but highly controversial BCS invite.

If the Vandals are able to topple the Broncos from their high horse, not only would it be a giant victory for SEC and Big Ten fans who are tired of hearing about the team on the smurf-turf, it would be a tremendous victory for the discredited WAC.

In a way, it would also be a victory for BSU—Idaho will have proven that the WAC isn’t the feeble competition BSU naysayers demand it is.

Truly, this matchup will be everything and more for the students at Idaho, and while it speaks against my own good judgement, I still feel the pangs of hope for the Black and Gold. 

Idaho pummeled BSU for 12 straight years back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s—before Idaho became one of the conference’s most consistent bottom-feeders—and have been waiting, idly, for their comeback ever since.  Now, with a winning record for the first time in 13 years, and with the Broncos’ ego sufficiently inflated by rumors of a MWC invite, they may have their chance.

Last week’s dramatic loss to Fresno at home was a depressing reminder of everything Joe Vandal has represented in recent years.  Undoubtedly, watching replays of the game has only lit a fire under the players on their way to Boise tonight. 

Hopefully, that, coupled with an historical thirst for blue and orange blood will drive Idaho to a delicious victory over the Broncos.

It’s about time.

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