In every post-game, pre-game, or midweek interview, coaches will spill out a bland alphabet soup of sentences that are neither filling nor satisfying. We are all familiar with the overused and commonplace phrases such as:
“Gotta give credit to the other team, that is a good team that deserves our respect.”
“We feel really confident about our guys and their ability”
“There are a lot of things we need to clean up”
These, and countless others, are part of sports vernacular commonly known as coachspeak. Occasionally, we are gifted with an anomaly such as Mike Leach, but more often than not, every coach seems to have passed Sports Platitudes 101.
In an attempt to get players (and fans) to focus on the upcoming game, the most prevalent phrase in coachspeak is, “We are just trying to go 1-0 this week.” That is a coachspeak classic.
This Saturday, the Boise State Broncos will be fighting to go 1-0 against a good Rainbow Warriors team from Hawaii.
But, BYU is just one week away. The Cougars seem to have found a good quarterback in former-BSU-commit Zach Wilson. He will be returning from an injury around his wrist (head coach Kaline Sitake refuses to provide details about injuries, unless they are season-ending). Wilson is expected to step back into the spotlight when the Broncos visit Provo. While BYU has been wishy-washy this season (beating an SEC team in front of 92,475 hostile fans, upsetting USC, falling short against Toledo, and crumbling against Washington), fans are sure to show up and be loud, so Boise State better be prepared.
This weekend, however, the Broncos will try to go 1-0 while defending The Blue against Hawaii’s Cole McDonald who has thrown for 1600+ yards this season.
But, Utah State is aiming to be King of the Mountain (division) this year. Although the Aggies have a new/old head coach after Matt Wells left for Texas Tech, Utah State hasn’t lost a step with the prodigal son’s, Gary Anderson, return. Jordan Love is getting some love from the NFL and he deserves it. The Broncos better give some respect too, if they want to escape Logan (which is expected to be a madhouse) unscathed. The Aggies have been competitive in every game except for last week. The new-and-improved passing Tigers at LSU dominated the game. Hopefully, Boise State was watching.
Right now, the boys in blue need to focus on protecting Hank “The Tank” Bachmeier if they want to go 1-0 against Hawaii’s defense – a defense that has forced 5 interceptions and 8 sacks this year.
But, MWC championship is always difficult. Boise State lost the conference championship after beating Fresno State in the 2018 regular season. The Broncos are in good position to take the Mountain, but the West is all kinds of crazy. Hawaii beat PAC12 Arizona and PAC12 Oregon State, but lost big-time to PAC12 Washington. Nevada beat BIG10 Purdue, but lost to Hawaii. San Diego State beat PAC12 UCLA, but lost to Utah State. San Jose State (yes, that SJSU) beat SEC Arkansas, but lost to Tulsa and Air Force. Fresno State hasn’t played a conference game. UNLV is just bad.
To go 1-0 this week, Boise State will need to hold Hawaii, who has averaged 37 points a game.
But, with UCF’s second loss, the Broncos have some breathing room in qualifying for a New Year’s Six game. There is room to breathe, but no room for mistakes. Cincinnati (beat UCF) and Memphis (Undefeated) are lurking to take advantage should the Broncos slip up. The experts are currently predicting a Cotton Bowl game against LSU (yes, that LSU) or Notre Dame. Either opponent is sure to make it an uphill battle.
But for now, Boise State should try to go 1-0 against Hawaii.