This coming Monday at 8 pm Eastern time, one of the most anticipated games of the 2010 season will play out at the FedEx field in Landover, Maryland. In a recent poll on espn.com asking which Week 1 game people were most intrigued by, FORTY-SIX states were dominated by BSU vs. VT votes. Only Utah, Oregon, Indiana, and Louisiana had a game ranked slightly higher (of course those are U of U, Oregon State, Notre Dame, and LSU games). The BSU vs. VT game was ranked second in every one of those states.
Bronco fans are crying, “Maryland or bust!”, though, and flying or even driving cross-country to support our team. Though touted as a “neutral site”, FedEx field is 280 miles from Virginia Tech and 2,400 miles from Boise State. . . but will that stop us?! I declare that it shall not! There is no way Bronco Nation would allow our Broncos to stand on their own so far from home without us. Watch out, Virginia Tech, not only do we return all but one of our starters, we return one of our strongest players: the 12th man. (My own family – headed to the U.S. open on Tuesday – is leaving Virginia the day before the game. Sure, the U.S. Open is great and all, but. . . really?)
Even though this is only the first game of the season, to quote Rece Davis, “It might as well be a championship game for Boise State.” This is it. If you don’t win the first game, you can’t go undefeated. And what a first game it promises to be. VT has looked pretty solid in practices, but they’re going to have to get past our defense. In the public scrimmage on August 21st – which 13,000 fans attended – the defense was out of this world. Our offense couldn’t even score on them except when starting from the 25 yard line (like they do in overtimes). Honestly, I’m more afraid of going against our defense than VT’s. Of course, it doesn’t pay to be overconfident. The Broncos should try to keep that blue-collar, chip-on-their-shoulders mentality so as not to become what they’ve worked all of these years to beat and overcome. Let’s not have another Georgia, BSU!
To gauge the Broncos’ mindsets and enthusiasm, I decided to take a look for myself. Since I’m a student at BSU, I surreptitiously spied upon the Broncos’ practices the past few days. Though not able to see the plays and such, it was VERY easy to HEAR the players, even across campus (although the marching band WAS louder. . . even woke me up from my nap). They were practicing both on the field and inside the sports complex (which is kept hotter than a sauna to prepare the players for the heat and humidity of Maryland) and it was easily seen that their enthusiasm is HIGH. They seemed both focused and excited. Let’s hope that it holds through!
On a side note, both BSU and VT will be wearing their new Nike Pro Combat uniforms (which the Broncos helped design and only 10 teams received) and looking mighty sharp on the field. But, in the words of safety Winston Venable, “The uniforms really don’t mean anything unless we go out and ball. I mean they’re not gonna’ look as pretty if we come back with a loss. But I’m hoping we come back with a win and make those jerseys look even better.”
Make me proud, Broncos. Come back with a win.
About the Author
Written by Rachel Huffaker
I'm a feisty writer out of Boise, ID (or wherever I happen to be living; it's been known to change abruptly) who LOVES college sports. As a toddler, my dad would take me to BYU football, volleyball, basketball, soccer (etc) games while he attended law school there. I also love novels, video games, and sushi! :)