Hype Music for the Week: 'Walk Like an Egyptian' by the Bangles
I'll admit that it's a rather lame homophonic stretch to go from the Idaho State Bengals to the 80s pop group 'The Bangles.' The other option, however, was 'Eye of the Tiger' from Survivor, which I thought was even lamer. So, here you go; some of the worst pop rock to come out a decade known for terrible pop rock.
The Bangles, you might be interested to know, are still together. They've put new music out as recently as 2011 (Sweetheart of the Sun), are are currently touring the East Coast (or so a quick Google search would reveal). They was never my cup of tea, musically, but, then again, my most recent music purchase was a slew of prog-metal instrumental tracks, so what do I know? Enjoy!
Is there anything better than a late-summer afternoon in Boulder? Kickoff from beautiful, sun-splashed Folsom Field is set for 3:30p on Saturday. If for the setting alone, you won't want to miss this one. For those poor souls unable to attend, coverage will be on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on AM 760.
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Colorado's history with FCS née 1-AA teams is not as happy as it should be. The designation of a separate sub-division atop the college football landscape came about in 1978, but it wasn't until 2006 that CU dipped into their ranks to fill out a slate, tabbing Montana State for the 'honor.' While FBS teams scheduling FCS teams on their schedules are supposed to be inking their calendar with a guaranteed win (the FBS vs FCS all-time record was 2028-423-18 [.824] entering 2014), Colorado has famously lost twice to lower sub-division opponents over the succeeding decade. This includes that first meeting with Montana State and the damned drunken walkabout against Sacramento State in 2012, both sandwiched around a near miss against Eastern Washington in 2008; Big Sky Conference foes, all. For a time, you could make a significant argument that the Buffs were playing with fire when they punched below their weight, and many in BuffNation advocated staying away from FCS teams in their entirety.
|Over the last decade, CU has struggled in games against teams from the Big Sky. From: the BDC|
Enter: the Idaho State Bengals. Hailing from Pocatello in the state's southeastern corner, they're members of that feisty Big Sky Conference, but have been, at least recently, not very good. With just one winning season since 2003, they've been a consistent cellar dweller this millenium. Of note, however, they do boast a national championship (1981), and have a number of graduates in NFL record books (Jared Allen, Marvin Lewis, among others). So, to recap: national championship past, historically talented, but with more than a decade spent falling on their face... they're essentially the FCS version of the Buffs. *sigh*
|Kramer has had a lot of success in the Big Sky as a whole, but not much in Pocatello. From: Spokesman.com|
So far, the 2016 vintage of the team is off to a solid start, though it comes with a big caveat. Their opening win, of the 47-3 variety, came over Division II Simon Fraser (interestingly, the first Canadian school to enter the NCAA), and is, decidedly, not impressive. If a Power 5 program playing down to FCS is a solid step down, the FCS drop-off to D-II is even steeper. Still, a win is a win, and the numbers (543 yards of offense, just 233 allowed) are not dissimilar from what the Buffs put up against little brother last weekend. Hooray for season-opening body-bag games! (Yes, I did just compare the Rams to a D-II school from Canada, what of it?)
|The Bengals swarmed Simon Fraser in the opener. From: ISUVoice.com|
Defensively, ISU has really struggled in recent years. Even their successful 2014 season saw them finish 110th among FCS schools in total defense. It wasn't any better last fall, as they averaged giving up 456 yards per contest. The real problem is on the ground, where rushing yards have been plentiful against them (nearly 270/game in '15). In that vein, while the performance against Simon Fraser was statistically cool (held SF to minus 22 yards rushing), it doesn't dissuade me from the belief that they'll settle into similar numbers this season. Essentially, there should be no room for struggle from Colorado on Saturday. With a veteran QB and a number of explosive, P5 talents in the attack, CU should be able to put up nice numbers on the Bengals. Expect lots of yards on the ground, and big holes for the backs to run through.
|Gueller is capable of putting up some nice numbers. From: ISUVoice.com|
With that in mind, let's look at the lines:
My 2016 record: 1-0. Against the spread: 0-1. Optimistic/pessimistic: CU -32 pts/gm.
Line as of Wednesday @ 7pm - CU -40.5, O/U 56.5
Now, I rarely put money on FBS vs FCS games, and I usually shy away from any four-touchdown-plus spread. What I do like here, however, is the over. If ISU can get anything offensively, that 56.5 should be in danger. Jim Leavitt's defense is impressive, but I have suspicion that we'll see a lot of second and third stringers in the second half of this one. A pass-happy performance from ISU late could be enough to grab a few points, and get to the needed total... which will probably be the direction I go when it comes time to post.
To the larger point, CU should roll. Lots of offense early gets a lot of numbers added to the participation charts. By the end, everyone is looking ahead to Michigan and daring to dream.
CU 50 - ISU 17
GO BUFFS! PROVE ME RIGHT, AND BEAT THE BENGALS!