By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
TWO EXTREMES FOR BRONCOS, VANDALS
Cleveland.com compiled a chart of college football success since 2002. Idaho’s two Football Bowl Subdivision teams were at opposite ends.
Boise State has the most wins at 133 (and 17 losses). Ohio State, if you include vacated wins, and Oklahoma are second at 123. Boise State also has the best winning percentage at .887.
Idaho (35-105) has the most losses at 105. The Vandals’ winning percentage of .250 is second-worst, ahead of Eastern Michigan (33-103).
The website also put together a Top 25 poll using the season-ending rankings since 2002 and the current rankings this year. Boise State came in at No. 9.
Here is the full report.
LIVE CHAT REPLAY
HUFF SPARKS TIGHT ENDS
Boise State sophomore tight end Holden Huff returned last week at Utah State after missing three games with a lower-body injury. He made two catches for 17 yards.
“It was fun,” he said. “I had around 30 plays — a good amount. I didn’t think I would get that much. I thought it would hurt, but it felt great.”
He also missed time in fall camp with a foot injury. The injuries have made this a different season for a guy who never had been injured before.
“There are a lot of games left,” Huff said. “Missing a few, it’s frustrating, yeah. You think, ‘What could I have done during those games?’ but I paid attention to every rep and studied and got better that way, mentally.”
Huff’s return was a boon to the tight end corps that still is missing senior Gabe Linehan. The tight ends made five catches for 55 yards against Utah State — both season highs.
“Hopefully that continues,” Huff said.
Boise State’s new pistol-based run game overlaps considerably with Nevada’s run game, which could help both defenses.
“Honestly, it’s pretty similar,” Nevada coach Brian Polian said. “There are some wrinkles just like there’s going to be everywhere. Good for them. They found another piece of offense that they’re getting good at and they’re using it. Certainly, there’s not a trademark on it. Could it be a slight advantage for us on defense that we’re used to it? Could be. It’s not an advantage unless you make it one. We still have to get off blocks and tackle.”
Said Nevada linebacker Jonathan McNeal: “It’s going to help us a lot. We see the pistol every day.”
NOTES & QUOTES
— Nevada has been outscored 86-33 in the third quarter. The Wolf Pack have a plus-7 scoring differential for the rest of the game. “I’m trying to figure out what we need to do to come out of the half and be sharper,” Polian said. “We’ve talked about it as a staff. We’ll keep tinkering with it till we get it right.”
— Nevada offensive lineman Joel Bitonio on the blue turf: “I think it looks worse on TV than it actually is.” Bitonio has played all 209 offensive snaps in the Wolf Packs’ last two games — 109 against San Diego State and 100 against Air Force. “I was happy we had a bye week last week,” he said. “I was feeling pretty beat up. But I’m feeling pretty fresh now.”
Monday blog: Notes and video from the weekly press conference
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Tuesday story: Broncos need more production at tailback
Wednesday story: Not much has changed at Nevada
Wednesday story: Scouting Nevada
Wednesday story: Boise State seeks to extend Nike contract
Wednesday blog: Joe Southwick makes Unitas list
Thursday story: Kicker Dan Goodale enjoys breakout season
You can follow beat writer Dan Hinxman at @danhinxmanRGJ.
Nevada at Boise State
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bronco Stadium (36,387, FieldTurf)
TV: CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan, Adam Archuleta, Evan Washburn); channel 332/410 (HD) on Cable One, 221 on DirecTV and 158 on Dish Network
Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender
Records: Boise State is 4-2 overall, 2-1 Mountain West; Nevada is 3-3, 2-1
Series: Boise State leads 26-13 (BSU 27-21, 2012 in Reno)