A random look at next fall, sans the inevitable injuries, suspensions and other pratfalls of the too-long interim.
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|13-0 (8-0 WAC, Champions)|
|Past Five Years|
|58-7 (39-1 WAC)|
|Returning Starters, Roughly|
|11 (5 Offense, 6 Defense)|
You know how you know Ian Johnson is good? Other than the Heisman votes, I mean? The NCAA feels compelled to crack down on his side business, crocheting knit caps and scarves, and limit both the guest list and the gifts allowed at his upcoming wedding. Did he say "business"? Income? Heh heh, there must have been some misunderstanding – maybe some downtrodden fellow on the mean streets of Boise or someplace could use a bean– No. The NCAA prohibits charity crochet for the good of student athletes everywhere. Do not even think about it.
It may seem extreme in the short term, but this is good, Ian. It's like the IRS: they only come after you when you're somebody. When you can fly. Ian Johnson is definitely somebody.
|Boise State was still a decade from even moving up to Division I-A, toiling in the Big Sky conference, when A.D. Gene Bleymaie made a completely arbitrary, bizarre decision to install the blue turf. Anything to stand out to recruits, to give the home crowd something unique of its own. Turf: this is the only thing most people even knew about Boise State before January, if they'd heard of the school at all. It's not actually an avian killing field, or even kind of illegal, unfortunately, but not only has BSU won almost 80 percent of its games in Bronco Stadium since it was built in 1970, it's had four times as many undefeated seasons there (12) as losing seasons (three). Because visiting teams can't see them!|
|Bizarre Item of Dubious Interest|
|All right, dammit, "hook and lateral" or "hook and ladder"? USA Today says the latter (er, no pun intended), and so does Phil Steele, and the the Worldwide Leader (well, only sometimes) and, for a little extra-sporting oomph, so does Salon. And, as it happens, so do I. Collectively, I’d say we put this "hook-and-lateral" malapropism to bed. Amateurs.|
|March 12: Tulane||March 13: Baylor||March 16: UCLA||March 20: Kentucky|
|March 21: Oregon||March 22: Arizona State||March 23: BYU||March 27: Missouri|
|March 28: Troy||March 29: Iowa State||April 3: Alabama||April 4: Akron|
|April 5: Cincinnati||April 9: UL-Monroe||April 10: Army||April 11: Syracuse|
|April 18: Florida||April 20: Southern Miss||April 25: Southern Cal||May 1: North Texas|
|May 3: SMU||May 8: Nevada||May 14: Tennessee||May 21: TCU|
|May 24: Notre Dame||May 29: UAB||May 30: Georgia||May 31: Temple|
|June 1: Houston||June 12: Wyoming||June 14: Nebraska||June 25: Florida International|
|June 27: Oregon State||July 2: Michigan||July 6: Washington|