By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Boise State and Virginia Tech again are considering moving their 2010 game to Labor Day (Sept. 6), Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier and WAC commissioner Karl Benson said.
The game is currently scheduled for Oct. 2 at FedExField in Landover, Md.
The game would air in prime time on ESPN.
“There’s a possibility,” Bleymaier said. “We haven’t heard. It hasn’t been changed yet. ESPN is looking into it.”
Virginia Tech said last fall the game would move but Boise State insisted it would not.
The Broncos still have concerns — mostly about their following game. The Broncos won’t play on Labor Day unless they can move the game against Toledo that is scheduled for the following Saturday, Bleymaier said.
“They wanted us to play Monday night and then come home and play Saturday and we’re not going to do that,” Bleymaier said. “We would have to move our Toledo game. ESPN is going to have to help us move it because Toledo is not just going to move it for us. … If they can make all the changes, we’re fine with it on Monday night of Labor Day weekend.”
Bleymaier expects a decision in the next 30 days.
Virginia Tech is expected to finish this season in the Top 10. Boise State will finish in the Top 5.
A couple of Boise State players have looked into entering the NFL Draft early, coach Chris Petersen said Tuesday. He wouldn’t name them.
“We had a couple guys that took a peek at it,” Petersen said. “… We expect everybody to stay.”
The most likely candidates to leave early would be junior wide receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis and junior defensive end Ryan Winterswyk. Pettis and Winterswyk have told the Idaho Statesman this season that they will return.
Boise State’s coaches gave credit to safety Jason Robinson for suggesting a formation tweak for the fake punt the Broncos used in the fourth quarter against TCU.
Players also helped develop the Statue Left play the Broncos used to beat Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
“We have a lot of smart players on the team,” Robinson said. “Any time we see something on the field, they are more than willing to listen. They can’t see exactly what’s going on out there — only we can, really.”
I’ll have a detailed breakdown of the fake punt in Wednesday’s Idaho Statesman.
I’ll also address the Broncos 2010 national title hopes in Tuesday’s paper.
Petersen likes the players to come up with the team’s goals. He seems receptive to putting the title at the top of the pyramid.
“If it’s a realistic and attainable goal, if we’ve got a realistic shot — we’ll see what they come up with,” Petersen said.
The Broncos’ top goal this year was to win a BCS game.
Boise State and TCU drew the second-highest TV rating of any Bowl Championship Series game featuring a team from a non-BCS conference, according to the final number released by Fox.
The 2010 Fiesta Bowl’s rating of 8.2 also was the eighth-lowest in the 50-game history of the BCS, but some had suggested that inviting a pair of non-BCS teams would send the Fiesta’s rating spiraling to an all-time low.
In fact, Boise State-TCU attracted a better audience than last year’s Sugar Bowl matchup of Utah and Alabama (7.8).
The Fiesta was the first battle of undefeated teams in a BCS game other than the National Championship Game and the first matchup of two non-BCS teams. Boise State won 17-10.
The Broncos also were part of the highest-rated BCS game involving a non-BCS team. Their 2007 Fiesta triumph over Oklahoma produced an 8.4 rating.
The lowest-rated BCS game was the 2009 Orange featuring Virginia Tech and Cincinnati. That game drew a 5.4 rating.
The Boise State-TCU matchup outperformed the past three Orange Bowls and the 2008 Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma-West Virginia).
The Fiesta drew a 22.8 rating in the Dallas market, home of TCU. Boise numbers are not available,
according to Fox.