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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: Week 11

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Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Backup

NCAA Football: Wyoming at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Hello, and welcome to CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! Your content today will be decided by your responses to multiple-choice questions:

  • Boise State’s game on Saturday evening was a:
  1. GOOD WIN (proceed to PARAGRAPH A-1)
  2. BAD WIN (proceed to PARAGRAPH B-1)
  3. ANOTHER REASON TO FIRE HARSIN (proceed to this link)

A-1 IT WAS A GOOD WIN

The Broncos did enough to win against a good opponent coming off a bye. There’s always room for improvement, but on the whole it was a solid effort.

OFFENSE

Chase Cord getting the start in place of a (presumably sick) sidelined Hank Bachmeier wasn’t a great way to start the evening, but the opening drive was amazing. There were a lot of head-scratchers in between that and the next good drive, though. Harsin seemed to indicate post-game that there would need to be some adjustments in playcalling.

George Holani didn’t have a banner game for himself, losing one fumble (and very nearly two) on the way to his worst rushing performance since the Air Force game. John Hightower and Khalil Shakir remained electric, however, and Cord limited his mistakes to one late pick while taking some serious hits.

DEFENSE

The defensive effort was solid, especially considering the three scoring drives around midfield and in, not exactly the best of situations to be in. Wyoming continued their stinginess on turnovers, but gave up two rare sacks to Curtis Weaver on back to back snaps late in the game.

While they weren’t getting tons of sacks, the defense was being a disruptive force in the backfield. They also limited Wyoming to one pass play of >20yds, albeit against a backup QB.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Eric Sachse remains nearly automatic (and, as always, #TooSachse).

Joel Velazquez remains a one-man roller coaster ride.

B-1 IT WAS A BAD WIN

OFFENSE

Obviously superior talent shouldn’t under-perform in critical conference games like this. But we won.

DEFENSE

How can we expect to win the conference and a bowl game if we can even stop a backup QB? But we won.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Our punter consistently validates my feelings about the rest of the team. But we won.

  • Boise State has moved up 2 spots in both major polls. This makes you feel:
  1. APPRECIATIVE. We’re getting the respect we deserve! (proceed to PARAGRAPH A-2)
  2. RELIEVED. Survive and advance. (proceed to PARAGRAPH B-2)
  3. DISGUSTED. We don’t deserve this. (proceed to this link)

A-2 APPRECIATIVE

We’re Boise State, and we’ve earned the benefit of the doubt through two decades of consistent winning. Polls can be a nice reminder that we’re in rarefied air as a team and fanbase.

There’s work to be done, but we’re 8-1 and being ranked #19 is about right. Time to finish strong. (proceed to COMMENTS)

B-2 RELIEVED

It wasn’t pretty, but we still control our own destiny. Thankfully, these late kicks mean the poll voters don’t really pay attention to our bad games. We gotta get better or this bowl season could be rough. (proceed to COMMENTS)