Boise State QB Joe Southwick takes practice snaps; New Mexico game lands on ESPN2

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Boise State senior starting quarterback Joe Southwick practiced Monday and ran plays, coach Chris Petersen said.

Junior Grant Hedrick still is expected to start Saturday at San Diego State, Petersen said. Southwick will play in some role when he is healthy enough to do so, Petersen said.

“There’s no doubt,” Petersen said. “He’ll be in the mix (when he’s ready).”

Southwick broke his right ankle Oct. 19 against Nevada and had surgery Oct. 21. Petersen said at the time that Southwick would return in around five weeks. Saturday’s game is the five-week mark.

Southwick had some rust Monday.

“Like he has been out for a while,” Petersen said of how Southwick looked. “He’s throwing the ball fine.”

Here is Boise State’s depth chart for this week. Not much new, but redshirt freshman tailback Devan Demas was added.

True freshman wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck will be out “for a little bit” with a badly sprained ankle, Petersen said. That was the only long-term injury in the game.

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The Boise State football team’s regular-season finale against New Mexico at Bronco Stadium will kick off at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 30 and air on ESPN2.

That’s a big decision for Boise State. The school will receive a $500,000 TV bonus from the Mountain West. ESPN could have put the game on ESPNU, ESPNEWS or ESPN3 and the Broncos would not have received a bonus.

Because the bonus — and New Mexico’s bonus — comes out of the Mountain West’s TV revenue, the Broncos will receive $409,091 more in TV money that they would have if the game had not been selected for a bonus-eligible network.

Boise State negotiated the conference-wide bonus structure as part of its return to the Mountain West and will reap the most reward. Here are the total bonuses (the Mountain West championship game has a separate financial setup):

Boise State: $1.6 million
Fresno State: $1.3 million
Wyoming: $1 million
San Diego State: $800,000
San Jose State: $600,000
New Mexico: $500,000
Air Force: $300,000
Utah State: $300,000
Nevada: $300,000
Colorado State: $0
UNLV: $0
Hawaii: $0 (Hawaii does not receive any TV money from the Mountain West)

Total bonus money: $6.7 million. (Note: Teams earn $500,000 for Saturdays, $300,000 for weekdays. Only Mountain West-controlled games are eligible).

If that money had been distributed 11 ways (all but Hawaii) instead of by bonuses, each school would have received $609,090. So Boise State’s benefit from the new system is $990,910.

Part of the deal was that ESPN got the rights to Boise State’s home games. The network used those rights to put two games on ESPN (one was a road game at Fresno State, which it acquired in a trade for the home game vs. Nevada), two on ESPN2, one on ESPNU and one on ESPN3. ESPN was required to put three games on ESPN/ESPN2/ABC (it went one beyond) and could put two on ESPN3 (it went one under). Boise State also appeared on ESPN when it played at BYU, a game ESPN owned through its deal with BYU.

The Broncos play at 8:30 p.m. MT Saturday at San Diego State (CBS Sports Network.)

The New Mexico game will be the third straight kickoff after 8:15 p.m. If the Broncos make the Mountain West championship game, it’s at 8 p.m. MT on Dec. 7.

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Boise State is offering a $29 ticket deal for Thanksgiving week. The package includes tickets to the football game vs. New Mexico, the basketball doubleheader featuring the men vs. Portland State and the women vs. Idaho State (Friday, Nov. 29, at 3:30 and 6 p.m.) and the volleyball game vs. Nevada (Friday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m.). You can purchase tickets here.

The football tickets are in section 120, the upper deck at the north end of the student section.


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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