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Wake Up, Bronco Nation! CFB News has BSU finishing 4th, Vallejo named to Butkus Award watchlist

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CollegeFootballNews.com has Boise State finishing 4th. In the country

There’s a lot to be said for the blue collar, underdog mentality—and Coach Pete did a phenomenal job creating that culture—but there’s also a lot to be said about national perception and how that factors into the opportunities BSU is presented with at the end of the season. Unfortunately, we know from experience that simply winning all your games in the regular season sometimes isn’t enough for premium placement in the postseason (looking at you BCS formula in 2004, 2008, and 2009). So, the fact that a national writer on the level of Pete Fiutak is placing Boise State in range of a playoff spot (again, and here’s a refresher of his BSU preview) is very extremely awesome. Keep in mind though, as great as our offense is on paper, our defense lost 2 of the top 3 interceptions leaders in mountain west history, as well as every starter on the defensive line. But, before we get too nervous about that, let’s not forget: Our young recruits are very talented, and our linebackers are crazy/stupid good. Which brings me to my next point...

Boise State has another player watchlisted

This time the honor goes to former Fiesta Bowl defensive MVP, Linebacker Tanner Vallejo. Tanner was added to the watchlist for the Butkus Award, which is given annually to the best LB in the country. This is in addition to his already being under consideration for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded yearly to the nation’s best defensive player.

The two BSU football players expelled this offseason remain expelled after appeal

After a failed appeal, both the expelled players remain expelled and the suspended player may have had his suspension shortened, according to his father. An unfortunate situation all the way around. Now to transition and end on a happy note...

Former BSU quarterback Kellen Moore turned 27 yesterday!

Happy Birthday to the open field surgeon, himself!

Miscellinkious

There was a time I could have quoted Monty Python and the Holy Grail in my sleep and probably literally did. So I’m pretty ashamed I only got 16/24 on this...