By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Sports Illustrated ranks Boise State football coach Chris Petersen No. 3 in its college football preview edition, which hits newsstands Wednesday.
The rest of the top five coaches are Gary Patterson of TCU, Nick Saban of Alabama, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and Gene Chizik of Auburn.
The preview also lists Boise State-TCU as the seventh-best game in the nation this year.
SI ranks Boise State No. 8 but predicts the Broncos will finish 11-1 overall and 6-1 in the Mountain West. Which game the magazine predicts Boise State will lose was not available, but the Broncos are the highest-ranked Mountain West team.
The Boise State story focuses on the wide receivers and primarily sophomore Geraldo Boldewijn.
The full SI Top 25 is listed at the bottom of this post.
Got an answer today from Playboy on the amount of the donation it will make to the Boise State general scholarship fund in honor of Kellen Moore being named the Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete: $5,000.
Past winners include Drew Brees and Chad Pennington. For more, here’s my post from yesterday.
Fans don’t seem pleased with the Mountain West’s rule banning artificial noisemakers (story here) — including horns. Here is the complete rule, courtesy of the MWC:
“Artificial Noisemakers. Artificial noisemakers of all types are prohibited at all times for all contests, Conference or non-Conference, indoor or outdoor. This means any such item cannot be brought into the facility or utilized. It is incumbent upon the host institution game management to enforce this provision and make a concerted effort to prevent artificial noisemakers from entering the facility and to confiscate them if they appear. This is not only an issue of sportsmanship and courtesy, it is a question of spectator safety and competitive disruption. [NOTE: Due to a number of issues with artificial noisemakers last season, this is an area of emphasis in 2011.]
”The MW Joint Council has determined that an institution which fails to prohibit artificial noisemakers will be subject to disciplinary action by the Conference office. Upon an institution's second or subsequent offense, following an initial warning, the institution will be subject to a financial penalty as determined by the Commissioner. Institutions should communicate with each other regarding persistent problems and/or notify the Conference office (or staff members who may be on site for the event). The policy for a non-conference road game is at the discretion of that institution/conference. The MW Joint Council has repeatedly confirmed that inflatable "clappers" or similar devices are considered artificial noisemakers and therefore subject to this regulation. Although the manufacturers of such devices have questioned the MW's guidelines, the Conference retains the right to establish its own regulations governing competition at its member institutions and thus will enforce the above policy as written.
“The prohibition against artificial noisemakers does not preclude the use of institutionally-controlled traditions (e.g., cannons, train whistle). Such items, however, must not be activated during game action or at a time that could disrupt the performance of a team or player. For example, it would be permissible to fire a cannon as the ball was kicked off, but not permissible to fire a cannon as the receiver was attempting to receive the kick. Cheerleader megaphones and amplified sound systems are also permissible, provided they are utilized in a positive and sporting fashion. Cheerleaders are not permitted to direct amplified sound toward the field and are required to discontinue use of the system when the team(s) breaks the huddle for the next play. Amplified sound may not be utilized during game action or at any time that is disruptive to the competitors.”
Boise State will leave for Atlanta on Thursday night, Sept. 1, because of an NCAA rule that prohibits teams from traveling more than 48 hours before a game to limit the amount of class time missed. There is an exception for games at Hawaii. The Broncos, however, consider traveling to the East Coast more difficult than Hawaii because they lose 2 hours en route.
Running backs coach Keith Bhonapha told me today that sophomore Malcolm Johnson is the No. 3 tailback at the moment. He’s competing with junior Drew Wright for that spot. Johnson has impressed coaches and teammates since returning from a year away for academic reasons.
Two best plays I saw today:
— Defensive tackle Chase Baker shedding center Thomas Byrd in a 1-on-1 blocking drill and hammering tailback Doug Martin in a collision of two of the Broncos’ most physical players.
— A great catch by Boldewijn on a fade.
Also, defensive back Quaylon Ewing-Burton continues to impress. The Broncos need at least three corners and three safeties ready to go and it’s looking like Ewing-Burton, who plays both positions, will be in that mix.
Kickoff coverage was one of Boise State's weaknesses last year. Special teams coach Jeff Choate blames himself because he didn't fully anticipate how the rule limiting wedges to two players would affect return schemes. Teams often used two big linemen.
"Now you've got two of them coming down on Josh Borgman," Choate said, referring to the diminutive cornerback. "That's not good coaching."
Choate is making some adjustments this year — and kickoff coverage will be critical in September. Georgia, Toledo and Tulsa have three of the nation's most explosive kick returners.
"We'll have our hands full," Choate said. "There are some very talented players. But that's why you do this. I don't think we've ever backed down from a challenge. It should be fun."
Sports Illustrated Top 25:
6. Florida State
7. South Carolina
8. Boise State
10. Texas A&M
12. Oklahoma State
13. Michigan State
14. Notre Dame
15. Virginia Tech
17. Arizona State
19. Ohio State
21. Mississippi State
23. West Virginia