As personnel losses mount for Boise State football team, kickoff coverage suffers

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team’s personnel shortage isn’t expected to improve much for this week’s Senior Day game against Colorado State.

Senior long snapper Chris Roberson returns from a two-game suspension, coach Chris Petersen said Monday. Freshman defensive back Eric Agbaroji returned from suspension last week but didn’t make the trip to Hawaii.

Sophomore safety Lee Hightower and freshman tight end Hayden Plinke remain suspended. They have been out for three games each.

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Boise State football team climbs two spots to No. 22 in USA Today Coaches' Poll

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team moved up two spots to No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll on Sunday but remains barely on the radar in The Associated Press Top 25.

The Broncos are sandwiched between USC and Michigan in the Coaches’ Poll with 161 points. Michigan is only 17 points behind.

The Broncos received 14 points in the AP poll.

Boise State also stayed in the Harris poll. Its ranking is unchanged at No. 23.

Idaho Statesman bowl projections: Boise State-UCLA in Las Vegas, Utah State-Toledo in Boise

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Here are my bowl projections for this week:

New Mexico (MW vs. Pac-12), Dec. 15, Albuquerque: Nevada vs. Arizona: Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson told the Fresno Bee last week that New Mexico didn’t make sense for Fresno State (repeat visitor), so I put Nevada here.

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Boise State football team's secondary thrives amid youth movement

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team started the season with a young secondary.

And now it’s quite a bit younger.

The Broncos enter Saturday’s game at Hawaii with three freshmen among their top six defensive backs — redshirt freshman starting free safety Darian Thompson, true freshman No. 3 cornerback Donte Deayon and redshirt freshman No. 3 safety Dillon Lukehart.

Boise State senior Darren Koontz steps into starting role with Atkinson injury

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State senior defensive tackle Darren Koontz steps into a starting role Saturday and likely for the rest of the season. He has started once in his career, earlier this season against Miami (Ohio) when Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe was suspended.

Koontz moves into Tjong-A-Tjoe’s tackle spot. Tjong-A-Tjoe slides over to nose tackle to replace injured senior Mike Atkinson (torn ACL).

Hawaii coach Norm Chow endures difficult first season as a head coach

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Hawaii football coach Norm Chow’s first season running his own program couldn’t be going much worse.

The Warriors are 1-7 — they beat Lamar of the Football Championship Subdivision — and their losses have all been by 12 points or more.

He inherited a program that was slipping and has endured a rash of injuries, particularly on the defensive line.

Boise State DT Mike Atkinson out for year with torn ACL, K Jake Van Ginkel dismissed

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State senior defensive tackle Mike Atkinson is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and redshirt freshman kicker Jake Van Ginkel has been dismissed from the team, coach Chris Petersen said Monday.

Atkinson was injured in the second half Saturday against San Diego State. The starting nose tackle is sixth on the team with 37 tackles. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown.

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Boise State football team falls out of BCS standings for first time since 2007

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

UPDATE:

The Boise State football team fell out of the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday for the first time since Oct. 21, 2007.

The Broncos had appeared in 41 straight releases of the standings. That had been the longest active streak in the country.

Boise State remained in the two polls that are part of the BCS formula — at No. 23 in Harris and No. 24 in USA Today.

Junior college kicker commits to Boise State football team

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team will add a scholarship kicker in January in its continued pursuit of field-goal reliability.

Tyler Rausa of Riverside (Calif.) City College committed Thursday night when the Broncos offered him a scholarship, he said Friday. It was his first scholarship offer.

Idaho Statesman bowl projections: Boise State to Orange, Utah State-Kent State in Famous Idaho Potato

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

It’s November, so it’s time to start our weekly bowl projections for the Mountain West, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and Bowl Championship Series:

New Mexico (MW vs. Pac-12), Dec. 15, Albuquerque: New Mexico vs. Arizona State: Lobos might not get eligible. They must win this week at UNLV.

Famous Idaho Potato (WAC vs. MAC), Dec. 15, Boise: Utah State vs. Kent State: The MAC has four strong teams but two have made trips to this game recently — Ohio and Northern Illinois.

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