Boise State's Petersen has mixed feelings about long-term series with BYU

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  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Oct. 27, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Chris Peterson has an incredible record against very good, non-conference teams and like BYU the recruiting targets are very narrow compared with most schools, yet he wins and graduates his kids. I think that BYU gives the Bronco's schedule needed beef, which they need if anyone is going to repect their record. The MWC is horrible this year, with just one significant non-conf win, Fresno over Rutgers 52-51. Boise has beaten Tenn-Martin (FCS), Southern Miss (winless) and they were soundly beaten by Washington. Let's say they won all their MWC games, how solid would their overall record be if they played Tulsa, or New Mexico St or even rival Idaho in place of BYU? Its great to win all your games, but unless the MW can develop stronger teams, Boise is better off playing one PAC team, AND BYU, in place of playing one PAC team and 3 cupcakes.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    Oct. 26, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Petersen is a class act. He has had multiple opportunities to "move up" to other, more prestigious schools, but has stayed in Boise. I always root for them (except against BYU). Good luck the rest of the season, BSU!

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    @KTar: Essentially all Petersen said was that he's not very comfortable with it. You can't fault a coach for wanting to put himself in the best position possible. Are you aware that BYU tries to design their schedule to where they have two or three games that are likely to be really tough--in other words, the likelihood for a loss is high--and then split the rest of the schedule between 50-50 games and likely wins? I don't remember the exact breakdown, but the point is that they try to manage the schedule to guarantee several wins, put themselves in position to win most of their others if they have a good team, and, if they have a fantastic team, two or three "signature" wins on the schedule as well will propel them into a top bowl game. All in all, I think BSU keeps playing BYU precisely because it usually does increase their strength of schedule and allow them greater recognition when they beat BYU. A very real concern for them, of course, is that if BYU gets back to being BYU, beating them will be a tough task for Boise.

  • byu_realistic Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    Like many, including some other BYU fans, I too have been impressed with Chris Peterson and Boise State for a long time. I'll never forget the last series of plays they used to upset Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl some years back. Genius. Their new QB has promise. He just needs more reps. I hope they do well the rest of the year.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    I think BSU could be a great rivalry game for BYU. I think it would be competitive and in the MWC, a rivalry with a strong outside the conference team can be great, e.g. USC and Notre Dame. Otherwise, BSU will start getting the lack of respect that MWC teams struggle against.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Chris Petersen's team lacked key players, like their starting QB and running backs. Yet he valiantly had his team compete where BYU's best Spencer Hadley, Chris Apo, Cody Hoffman, and Kyle Van Noy displayed their skills. Taysom Hill was awesome with pinpoint passing accuracy and smashmouth runs in a near capacity crowd of BYU fans.

  • KTar Boise, ID
    Oct. 26, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    I have a lot of respect for BSU. They have accomplished a lot in the College Football world with far fewer resources than other top-tier teams from power conferences. That being said... I'm annoyed that Peterson is taking a page out of Chris Hill's book and using conference ties and schedule strength as a reason to not play BYU. Coach Pete, Chris Hill has a point because he plays in a LEGITIMATE conference. We know all too well how easy it is to put together 10 win seasons with WAC and MWC schedules. Don't forget, BYU was a member of your beloved mediocre conference for years. Call a spade a spade and be honest: you don't like this series because you don't like your chances. Your conference hyperbole is phony and see-through.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Oct. 25, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    i read in the past back when Boise St. was planning on joining the Big East, that Coach Peterson wasn't too excited about the BYU deal because if they didn't have a deal like that, BYU would have had more pressure to go with BoiseSt. and join the BigEast. The same thinking applies now that Boise St. is in the MWC. But I still think overall the BYU-Boise St. series has to be looked on by Boise St. as an overall positive. Boise has a hard time getting good non-conference teams to be willing to come to Boise. Boise St. also seems like one of those teams that likes to be a national player instead of just settling for regional glory. Playing BYU helps boost their national spotlight.