Wake up, Bronco Nation: Boise State football links and things, 12-5-11

BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos calls a play against the New Mexico Lobos at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

Boise State is returning to Vegas, on the hook for $682,000 worth of tickets

Nothing like a little pre-Christmas bowl activity for the number 7 team in the nation. The bowl system is awesome! If you are able to make it to the game, Boise State is on the hook for 11,000 tickets at $62 a pop. That price doesn't seem too bad, but if you can get a ticket to the game for half that price on Stubhub, then I'm not going to fault you. If you feel bad about not helping out the school, write a check for the difference in the price of the ticket that you bought and send it to the school just to make a point. Eventually schools are going to have to learn to say no to these guaranteed ticket sales that bowls force upon them.

About the whole Virginia Tech gets to play in the BCS thing

It doesn't make a lot of sense and people realize that. But as Samuel Chi points out, it is just an exhibition game -- an exhibition game with millions of dollars on the line and a game that will be used to judge the future Boise State teams and whose stats will count on record books. So, yeah, the whole "it's just an exhibition game" argument doesn't help that much. This is just another friendly reminder that these bowl games will pick the 2 teams with the fan bases most likely to spend the most amount of money. And as far as Boise State has come, we fans still aren't respected in that area.

As for the other BCS games, I can't say there are a lot of intriguing games worth watching. The only game I even care about is that national championship game and that LSU crushes Alabama's hopes and dreams. The last thing America needs is Alabama claiming another phony title.

Pat Hill fired by Fresno State

This came as a bit of a shock this morning to me. As mediocre as Fresno State has been the last couple of years, I figured Pat Hill would choose when he would leave the program considering how much he has done for it during his 15 year career. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for the guy. Maybe it's because I always rooted for Fresno to be good when we played them.

Central Florida writer thinks the Big East should ditch Boise State and pick up Notre Dame?

This came as a bit of a chuckle to me that this guy thinks there's a chance that Notre Dame would willingly share their lucrative contract with NBC with other Big East teams. Or, if Notre Dame kept all that money, that this would be healthy for the long term future of the league. See the Big 12 for how well that type of revenue sharing works.

Utah State and Ohio to square off in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Ohio punter Paul Hershey is not enthused about the trip to Idaho and gives us another reason why college athletes should not have twitter. No word on how many tickets Ohio is on the hook for.

Happy birthdays!

Don't let the crappy BCS ruin your birthdays, guys. Happy birthday to reader Acash1983 (today), current player Aaron Tevis (yesterday), reader forseyfan36 (Saturday) and current player Greg Grimes (Friday who I inexplicably left off).

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