Category Archives: Scott Slant

The pain of point spreads, Episode III

Presented by COVER TECH OF IDAHO. Friday, October 19, 2018. Two weeks ago my Friday headline was, “The danger of being a two-touchdown favorite.” Last Friday it was “Danger of being a double-digit favorite—the sequel.” With Boise State favored by 23½ points over Colorado State in tonight’s ESPN2 game at Albertsons Stadium, this is becoming…MORE

Colorado State trying to escape mediocre mode

Presented by COVER TECH OF IDAHO. Thursday, October 18, 2018. Tomorrow night’s game against Boise State is a pivotal one for Colorado State Mike Bobo, as the pressure is on for him to get out of his 7-6 rut. That’s been the Rams’ record in each of Bobo’s first three seasons, and now they’re 3-4.…MORE

Broncos uncomfortable with ground transportation

Presented by BACON. Wednesday, October 17, 2018. We’re having to employ some new math when evaluating the Boise State running game this season. The Broncos are a serviceable sixth in rushing offense in the Mountain West, with 160.7 yards per game and 4.2 yards per carry. But to get a clear picture, you have to…MORE

Ramifications of the Broncos’ injury rash

Presented by BIZ PRINT. Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin won’t go into detail on injured players unless the injury is season-ending. Harsin has discussed defensive tackle David Moa, safety DeAndre Pierce and quarterback Chase Cord. On the subject of nose tackle Sonatane Lui, who left the Nevada game with a leg…MORE

Turnover circus complete with shock-and-awe

Presented by POOL DOCTOR & SPA. Monday, October 15, 2018. One item that stood out in Boise State’s 31-27 win at Nevada Saturday night was turnovers, and the startling things that happened right afterward. And the Broncos wouldn’t be 4-2 without them. One play after Sonatane Lui recovered a first-quarter Wolf Pack fumble on the…MORE

Danger of being a double-digit favorite—the sequel

Presented by POOL DOCTOR & SPA. Friday, October 12, 2018. This came from Nevada’s Twitter feed the other night: “There’s been many great games in the history of the Nevada and Boise State rivalry. Saturday, we leave our own mark.” Beyond its bulletin board value, the “many great games” claim would seem to be a…MORE

Boise State football: Road trip, anyone?

Presented by GREENWOOD’S SKI HAUS. Thursday, October 11, 2018. The journey across the desert to Reno used to be a rite of passage for Boise State fans. In my mind, the tradition dates back to 1979, when the Broncos were rolling on a quest to go undefeated in the Big Sky during their probation year.…MORE

Hey, players are people, too

Presented by POOL DOCTOR & SPA. Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Every once in a while, the horses need to be reined in. Apparently the online vitriol from fans following Boise State’s loss to San Diego State has gotten a little personal toward some Bronco players. It becomes disillusioning for players’ parents and families. One mom…MORE

Life without DeAndre Pierce and David Moa

Presented by GREENWOOD’S SKI HAUS. Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Word had leaked out on DeAndre Pierce’s status, but not David Moa’s. On the other hand, the news on Pierce confirmed by Boise State coach Bryan Harsin yesterday is more surprising than that of Moa. Pierce, the playmaking junior safety, did not suit up Saturday for…MORE

It wasn’t supposed to be this way

Presented by POOL DOCTOR & SPA. Monday, October 8, 2018. Of all the weird things I thought could happen in Boise State’s game against San Diego State Saturday, a total egg laid by the Bronco offense was not one of them. The formula for beating the Aztecs was not going to be on the ground…MORE