The Pregame Warm-Up Podcast: Legends & Leaders, Coaching Carousel part 2 and Bowls.


This week we poke fun at the Big Ten’s division names and new logo, trying to figure out why they did it.  We discuss more changes in the coaching ranks and  talk about a few of the upcoming bowl games, including the Letdown Bowl, which features Boise State and Utah.  I’m joined this week, as always, by Michael Felder from InTheBleachers.net and Jon Dove from NFLMocks.com.

Here is the Will Muschamp press conference:

Week 12 in the WAC


Week 12 WAC Preview:

The WAC is not a conference that we can talk about having a lot of “marquee” games, but the Fresno St. and Nevada game certainly lived up to that billing.  QB Colin Kaepernick rushed for 153 yards and passed for 171 and a touchdown as the Wolfpack downed the Bulldogs to keep them in the top 25 and poised for the big matchup with Boise St. for the conference Championship.

The Broncos took care of business against their in state rivals, the Idaho Vandals.  Also, LA Tech and Utah St. kept their bowl eligibility hopes alive with wins over New Mexico St. and San Jose St. respectively.  That being said, the conference will more than likely only be represented by 4 teams in the post season:  Boise St., Nevada, Fresno St. and Hawaii.

Nov 6, 2010; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos receiver Titus Young (1), left, is congratulated by quarterback Kellen Moore (11) and safety Jason Robinson (5) after scoring on an 83-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Hawaii Rainbows at Bronco Stadium. Boise State defeated Hawaii 42-7. Photo via Newscom

Friday night’s matchup between Boise St. and Fresno St. is the “marquee” matchup for week 12 and it marks the 2nd week in a row that Boise St. will play in a primetime Friday night game.  At least they are getting the TV spotlight that they used to crave.

Weekly Tid Bit:

I would argue that Boise St. was the most impressive of the undefeated teams remaining in the FBS.  I know, I know…they only played Idaho, but hear me out.  They are the only team that “did what they were supposed to do”.  Auburn was pushed at home by a very mediocre Georgia team.  TCU, only a week removed from crushing Utah, struggled against San Diego St, and Oregon escaped Cal w/ their most lackluster offensive performance of the year….and spare me the “Cal plays tough at home comments”.  They’re 5-5.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Boise St.                             5-0                                       9-0

Hawaii                                 5-1                                       7-3

Nevada                               4-1                                       9-1

Fresno St.                           4-2                                       6-3

Louisiana Tech                 4-3                                       4-6

Utah St.                               2-4                                       4-6

Idaho                                   1-4                                       4-6

New Mexico St.               1-5                                       2-8

San Jose St.                      0-5                                       1-9

Written by Rusty Pettit. Follow on Twitter @isbnrustypettit

WAC Report: Week 11


Week 11 WAC Preview:

The most impressive thing about the Bronco’s 42-7 win over Hawaii was not that they scored 42, but that they only allowed 7 points to the number 1 passing offense in the league.  Boise has an easier task this week against their cross state rivals when they play the Vandals.

The big conference game of the week is in Fresno as the Bulldogs host the Wolfpack of Nevada in a late kickoff at 10:30 ET.  Fresno St.’s defense will face its toughest test of the year so far as Nevada has the 2nd ranked offense in the nation.  Right now the Wolfpack sit at 21 in both the coach’s and the AP pole, but a big win on the road could help them and the conference move up in the eyes of the voters and make the Thanksgiving Day Weekend matchup with Boise St. all that more interesting.

In other conference action:  look for LA Tech and Utah St. to both win on the road against New Mexico St. and San Jose St. respectively.

Weekly Tid Bit:

Interesting how TCU’s big win over Utah was given so much more press than Boise’s win over Hawaii.  Don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s a bigger win, but it is still baffling for a team like Boise to be so impressive week in and week out and still getting ‘leap-frogged’ by other teams….oh, and VA Tech is back on top of the ACC in case anyone is wondering.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Boise St.                             4-0                                       8-0

Hawaii                                 5-1                                       7-3

Fresno St.                           4-1                                       6-2

Nevada                               3-1                                       8-1

Louisiana Tech                  2-3                                       3-6

Idaho                                   1-3                                       4-5

Utah St.                              1-4                                       3-6

New Mexico St.                1-4                                       2-8

San Jose St.                       0-4                                       1-8

Written by Rusty Pettit. Follow him on Twitter @isbnrustypettit.

Gameday: Week 10


It’s week 10, and I still have horrible internet service!  Thanks Time Warner Cable.  Since I am posting this from my Blackberry, let’s dive right into the top games and a few storylines to keep an eye on. 

Baylor looks to continue their magical season this week in Stillwater, OK.  The Bears face a Cowboys team that will get their top playmaker back in Justin Blackmon.  Look for a lot of points to e scored in this game and a few mind blowing plays by RG-3.  I like Bears to win a tight one.  If Baylor does win this game, look for their confidence to skyrocket and be a big time contender in the Big 12 South.

The Arizona Wildcats head to Stanford for a battle with The Cardinal.  This game has the potential to be a very good one.  One thing to keep an eye on is the Stanford defense getting pressure on a self proclaimed 100% healthy Nick Foles.  If they can get to Foles at all, Stanford should be in good shape to pull out the W.

The Razorbacks and Gamecocks square off in Columbia, SC in an SEC inter-division battle.  Look for points to be scored in bunches, but if the Gamecock secondary can coax Arky QB Ryan Mallett into a mistake or 2, that could be the difference.  The loss of WR Greg Childs for the Razorbacks is huge, but they have weapons to spare.  I like the Razorbacks to outscore the Gamecocks.

Baton Rouge, LA is the site off a huge SEC West battle, as the Alabama Crimson Tide face the LSU Tigers.  This game features some big time, future NFL talent.  The LSU defense is loaded with players that will head to the next level, Patrick Peterson, Kelvin Sheppard and Drake Nevis to name a few.  Those talents on the Tiger Defense will battle with top prospects like: Julio Jones, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.  Bama, in my opinion, has too much on both sides of the ball for this game to be close.  I like the Crimson Tide to take this game easily, simply because LSU can’t score.

The biggest game of the week has to be the Mountain West battle between TCU and Utah.  This is an elimination game, as the loser has no shot to make the BCS.  I like both these teams a lot, TCU’s speed is unrivaled and Utah is about as complete of a team as their is.  I know that TCU is 0-3 in Salt Lake City and Utah is a great team, but I like TCU to take a very tight game, it’s gonna come down to the last possesion. 

Other games to keep an eye on:

Maryland @ Miami

Navy @ ECU

Hawaii @ Boise State

Week 9 in the WAC


Week 9 Wac Preview:

Wouldn’t it be ironic if a loss to Colorado was what kept Boise St. out of the “Big Game”?  Not saying it will, but Hawaii’s Week 3 loss to the Buffaloes are all that is keeping them out of the top 25 right now.  There only other loss is the opening game to the Trojans, and that was no blowout.  Either way, Hawaii has to take care of the Vandals of Idaho before they meet the Broncos next week.

Boise St. already took care of business with a 49-20 drubbing of LA Tech on Tuesday night.  Tech kept it interesting early with an onside kick and they also handed Kellen Moore his 2nd Int. of the season.  That wasn’t enough to keep up with Coach Peterson’s crew though as they found plenty of ways to score including finding Moore on a TD reception to add to his 2 passing TD’s.

Nevada should continue to move forward against Utah St. and I’ll let you pick the winner of the San Jose St. and New Mexico St. matchup…if you want…you don’t have to.

LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Courtney Randall  of the Nevada Reno Wolf Pack is congratulated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick  and Brandon Wimberly  after Randall scored a touchdown against the UNLV Rebels in the second quarter of their game at Sam Boyd Stadium October 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada Reno won 44-26. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Weekly Tid Bit:

Doug Martin’s 150 yards on Tuesday night was a career high.  The Broncos also seemed determined to run the ball more, especially early in the game against LA Tech.  Was this a sign of things to come or just a matter of taking advantage of matchups?  Either way, developing a strong running game is going to be essential to Boise St. as they’ll want to keep teams like Hawaii’s offense off the field as much as possible and control the clock.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Hawaii                                 4-0                                       6-2

Boise St.                             2-0                                       6-0

Fresno St.                           3-1                                       5-2

Louisiana Tech                  2-2                                       3-5

Nevada                               1-1                                       6-1

Idaho                                   1-1                                       4-3

Utah St.                                0-3                                       2-5

New Mexico St.                 0-3                                       1-6

San Jose St.                        0-3                                       1-7

Written by Rusty Pettit.  Follow him on Twitter @isbnrustypettit.

WAC Report: Week 8


Week 8 Wac Preview:

Light week in the WAC with only 3 games on the slate but that doesn’t mean it won’t be interesting.  The Hawaii vs. Utah St. match up could be one of the most explosive offensive matchups we can see in the country this season.  Also, Fresno St. is quietly putting a decent season together with only losses to Ole Miss and Hawaii on their record thus far.

HONOLULU - DECEMBER 2:  Viliami Nauahi #36 (right), Greg Salas #36 (center), Keoni Steinhoff #78 (left) and other players of the Hawaii Warriors perform the Warrior dance, the Haka, before the game against the Washington Huskies on December 1, 2007 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Hawaii won 35-28 and finished the season undefeated at 12-0.  (Photo by William Branlund Jr./Getty Images)

Predictions for the week:   Look for Hawaii to win a shootout…Fresno St. keeps gaining some momentum against  San Jose St….and finally…not that anyone cares, but New Mexico St. will upset Idaho this weekend for their 2nd win of the year.  Is it really any “upset” to beat Idaho??

Weekly Tid Bit:

The Nevada loss to Hawaii certainly did not help the conferences standing among the nation’s voters in the press or in the coaching ranks…come to think of it, the computers didn’t like it either.  Boise St. is about where I thought they would be, even though I don’t agree with it.  3rd place is the perfect spot for them as far as the BCS is concerned.  High enough to throw them a bone, but out of the big game.  Ask yourself this…Have the top 2 teams done anything this year to surprise you, i.e. make you think they were better than they were in the Pre-season??  (Most importantly, have they won any games that they shouldn’t have?)  Then ask yourself, with the two teams that were ranked above Boise St. before the season losing, have the Broncos done anything to disappoint you, or make you think they weren’t as good as you originally thought??  Chew on it for a minute.

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Kellen Moore  and the Boise State Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Stage Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Hawaii                                3-0                                       5-2

Boise St.                             1-0                                       5-0

Fresno St.                          2-1                                       4-2

Louisiana Tech                2-1                                       3-4

Nevada                               1-1                                       6-1

Idaho                                  0-1                                       3-3

Utah St.                              0-2                                       2-4

New Mexico St.                 0-2                                       1-5

San Jose St.                      0-2                                       1-6

Written by Rusty Pettit.  Follow him on Twitter @isbnrustypettit.

PGWU Heisman Watch: Week 7


Welcome to week 7 in the college football season. This weekend we get our first BCS standings and quite a few big games, but we are here this week to talk about the Heisman Trophy candidates. Terrelle Pryor is back on the map this week, as is Taylor Martinez. Did Denard Robinson hurt his chances with last week’s performance? Check it out.

5th Kellen Moore QB Boise State   He has 14 TD to 1 INT this season, and is averaging 9.9 yards per completion.  These stats are great considering he hasn’t played much in the 2nd half of the last few games.

4th Taylor Martinez QB Nebraska Wow!  That is all I can say about his performance last Thursday against KSU.  He made the Wildcat defense look silly with his blazing speed.  Martinez leads all FBS schools with 10.8 yards per rush and 12 rushing TD.

3rd Terrelle Pryor QB Ohio State  Slowly, but surely Pryor is beginning to quiet his critics.  He is throwing the ball better this season than he ever has, coming off a great performance against Indiana.  He was 24-30 for 334 yards and 3 TD.  For the season he has 15 TD to 3 INT and is completing nearly 70% of his passes.

2nd LaMichael James RB Oregon  Had an impressive game last week with 223 total yards and 3 scores.  He has been an extremely consistant performer so far this season and that is what it takes to win the Heisman Trophy.

1st Cameron Newton QB Auburn  He continues to put the Tigers on his shoulders and they continue to win.  He had 4 rushing TD last week, adding to his impressive total TD mark of 21.  If the Tigers keep winning, he will stay atop this list.

PGWU Podcast-Week 6


This week we spend a lot of time talking about big games and news in each conference, especially the ACC and SEC.  We also make our picks in the Pregame Warm-Up Pick ‘Em segment and break down a handful of potential pro prospects for the NFL Draft in the “World Famous” Prospect Quick Fire.  Enjoy!

PGWU Heisman Watch


Every Week we will be giving out the top 5 Heisman candidates based on their performance so far in the season.  Last weekend gave us some strong showings, from some of the top candidates.  Michigan Wolverines QB Denard Robinson continues to seperate himself from the rest of the pack.  Terrelle Pryor took a step back with average play and an injury, LaMichael James had a huge week in a very important Pac 10 game..  Here are the top 5 Heisman candidates for this week.  They are ranked in reverse order.

5th Cameron Newton QB Auburn Tigers

He has carried the Tigers on his super-sized shoulders to a 5-0 record, both throwing and running the football.  His mix of accuracy, a big time arm and mobility are 3 of the biggest reasons Auburn is undefeated.

4th Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State

This do it all running back has the odds stacked against him every week, but he still manages to get his yards and big plays.  This former QB is a pro at running the Wildcat for HC Bill Snyder.

3rd DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma Sooners

Did you see him tip toe the sidelines against Texas last Saturday?  He is a do it all player for the Sooners who deserves more pub.

2nd Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada

I know this is probably way too high for many peoples liking, but he is as good as they come with the ball in his hands.  He should lead his team to an undefeated record when the Wolfpack face Boise State later in the season.

1st Denard Robinson Michigan Wolverines

I really don’t need to say much about this phenom.  He is the Heisman winner right now and if his season continues this way, it will be impossible to overlook Mr. Robinson.

PGWU Podcast: Week 4


This week we discuss the legal troubles at Florida, talk about the big stories in each conference in The Breakdown, make our selections in the PGWU Pick’Em segment and finish the show off with the World Famous Prospect Quick Fire. Enjoy!