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One Last Go-Round For Boise’s Seniors

It’s time to say goodbye to Boise State’s best and brightest, those unknown two-stars who outperformed their recruiting expectations to form the backbone of the program’s rise to national prominence over the last four seasons. Tonight, at least 17 senior contributors will suit up one last time for the Broncos, though their respective careers will end in a decidedly unworthy fashion: not in B.C.S. play, but rather in Las Vegas, against a mediocre Arizona State with nothing on the line. Goodbye, farewell, it’s been fun. It’s been more than fun: from Kellen Moore on down, it’s the end of an era.

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    Vintage Boise State, Nothing Less

    Red. Everywhere: red. There was some blue, some here and there, but the overwhelming motif was red, in the parking lot and the stands, most noticeably. This was a home game, pure and simple, nothing less. This was Georgia’s backyard, almost as if Athens was rented out for the day, so the whole party packed up, loaded up the van and moved everything wholesale to Atlanta. And you could see the slight hints of the intimidating atmosphere in Boise State’s somewhat sloppy play in the first half: a few missed tackles — I counted three, maybe four — a few missed blocks and a few blown opportunities, all of which led one to question the thought that the Broncos were good enough to take on all comers.

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      No. 2: Boise State

      Last year’s loss to Nevada made the point null and void, but detractors were coming out of the woodwork to belittle Boise State for much of last season, until it became clear that the Broncos were no longer a threat. Hate’s not too strong a word: petty, hoity-toity hate at that, the sort of condescension the old guard throw at the nouveau riche. And that’s not really hate at all, to be honest, but rather fear — fear that for all your bluster, you’d come up well short should you and Boise State meet between the white lines. And you know what? You wouldn’t be the first. Get in line, just behind elite powers like Oregon, T.C.U. and Virginia Tech. You’ll recognize those teams by this simple fact: you don’t hear them crowing about Boise State not deserving a seat the table, since they’ve had their turn and went home with a loss, now firm in their belief that Boise can beat anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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        The Countdown

        A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.