The Cowboys may be the most bi-polar team in the MWC. They can alternately play amazing (as they did v. Nebraska, or the first quarter against Fresno), or horrifically badly. Their QB, Brett Smith, is another in the line of dangerous dual threat QB's in the Mountain West this season; if only the Pokes receiving corps could get open for him occasionally. This is enough to make a Bronco fan very nervous - Boise's pass defense is one big shiny question mark right now.
That question mark, and the fact that I really like the state of Wyoming as a whole, is making it hard to trash talk this week. Oh well, here goes.
Wyoming is a gorgeous place. Sure, its populated with more wild animals and tumbleweeds than actual residents, but the people who are there are tough and resilient, and usually very nice. I was stunned to learn recently, from my Wyoming alumni family member, that their fan base gets their hate on for the Broncos on a regular basis. I can see why though - the Pokes are 0-7 all time against our boys in blue, and it's gotta be DAV levels of frustrating to get stomped by a team with half the tenure but twice the talent and heart.
The Cowboys have a storied program, set in a town that looks time stopped there about the time the football team decided to trade their spurs and hats for cleats and helmets. Laramie still has the feel of a high desert stage stop, and while I would imagine that would hamper recruiting a little (c'mon, Colorado Springs is just down the road and what would you pick at 18?), it has a certain western charm that is hard to replicate. It seems like a place where one could still find a saloon with swinging doors and a crabby bartender that only serves whiskey straight up. That's cool and all, but its just a bit...quaint.
Pokes, I'd wish you luck Saturday, but we all know I really don't mean it. Your colors are awful, your team is inconsistent at best, your coach lost the respect of the entire conference last year by screaming like a loon accusing Air Force of all teams of faking injuries at the end of the game. I hope Fresno didn't break your spirit, because watching your team have a total meltdown on the Blue in the cold on Saturday night will warm my bleeding blue heart. You may be famous for rodeo, but these Broncos won't be tamed by you this year. Saturday night is going to be a beating that lasts much longer than 8 seconds.
(This article brought to you by BoiseBronco who very generously gave my sis and I his tickets so we can
freeze our BW's off attend the game Saturday. Thank you, sir!)