Friday Night Bites: Savor Boise while ye may
Stay up and watch the Broncos put on a clinic, unless you are of a Texan or Oklahoman persuasion, in which case, GO TO BED YOU HAVE TO BE UP AND DRUNK ON BATTER AND OIL IN LIKE SEVEN HOURS Y'ALL. (Please consume State Fair fried goods responsibly.)
Boise State at Fresno State, 9:00 p.m. ET (ESPN): Let us be quick, and to the point, so that we may get on with previewing some actual competitive Week 6 football contests. It is likely Boise will not even have to try too hard to win this one. You should watch anyway.
The Fresno tilt is the least taxing of the Broncos' road trips thus far; they've already had to set up camp in Georgia and Ohio this season, and won both games handily. And looking at BSU's schedule brings up a little-discussed point: For a non-AQ team that gets dogged in the rankings and press year in and year out for having a weak schedule, this is a pretty respectable slate of games. An SEC team for an opener, one of the most promising non-AQ opponents out there in Toledo, and a Tulsa outfit that would've been a far stiffer challenge had it not lost its starting quarterback to a knee injury just one week prior. Still to come are Air Force, TCU and San Diego State. It's not a murderers' row, but for a team in Boise's position it's entirely presentable.
Anyway. This is not one of the good games on Boise's schedule. Not this Fresno team, not this year. The Bulldogs are a cut below, and haven't beaten even the middling opponents they've faced, recording their only wins against hapless North Dakota and Idaho. They were handled by multiple-score margins against Cal, Nebraksa and Ole Miss. The Broncos are an above-average squad in every major statistical category but rushing offense. They're usually better than above-average, in fact, and the case can easily be made that they'd rank higher in rushing if anybody would ever force them to stop passing. And when they do tire of having Kellen Moore wing it downfield to a stable of willing targets, there's Doug "Muscle Hamster" Martin to take the handoff. Martin recorded 126 yards and two scores last week against Nevada, and should face little resistance from the Bulldogs' woeful run defense.
On paper and pixel, this doesn't look like a competitive game, but you should watch anyway, for no other reason than to watch Moore operate an offense that's plugged directly into his cerebrum. We may not see his like again for a very long time.