Wake up, Bronco Nation: Boise State football links and things, 9-28-11

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 24: Boise State Broncos mascot Buster Bronco does post-touchdown pushups during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Bronco Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

Boise State to appeal NCAA penalties on the grounds they are "excessive" and an "abuse of discretion" (HT: SeniorChief)

Cripe explains that Boise State is not appealing any findings but just the penalties. Since the NCAA has changed their appellate rules, only 1 in 13 cases has been successful. Sound like the NCAA doesn't like to be proven wrong. Also, looks like Ohio State is jumping on the Miami bandwagon that Boise State got off easy

Bill Connelly attempts to look at college football through the Moneyball lens

Coaches like Billy Snyder, Chris Petersen, Frank Beamer, Gary Patterson, Gary Pinkel and even Hal Mumme have found ways to win in places where the odds seem to be stacked against them. 

Kellen Moore and Case Keenum the only two left in the Non-AQ Heisman Watch

I'd like to think that Keenum was only included because it's not fun to only have one person on a watch list. And there's got to be some sort of senior citizen exemption. 

Big XII supposedly working on expansion options that might include Boise State (HT: Mikrino) 

Apparently it somewhat hinges on Missouri leaving. When can I start seeing that Joe Schad is hearing this and have it start scrolling across the bottom line?

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While most consider the Colts in the Andrew Luck race, this writer proposes Kellen as Peyton's replacement

He rehashes the typical objections about his height and arm strength. But I can't get around the quandary in mind about seeing Kellen in a Colts uniform and then, gasp, maybe even rooting for the Colts.

Sports Illustrated somehow leaves Boise State out of their weekly Top 25 review

Is this part of that MWC exposure hole that I've heard so much about? Oh, scratch that. TCU was included.

Coach Pete reaches out to high school coach after player dies of asthma attack (HT: SactoBronco)

Petersen called coach Scooter Gomes to offer his condolences. Jurrel Davis, the player that passed away, is a teammate of current recruit Marcus Rios. Glad to see the compliance department has this stuff squared away now.

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