The Odds of Beating Florida State at Doak Walker
The entire state of Florida is now under a state of emergency as Hurricane Dorian treks towards the Sunshine state and why the full fury of Dorian is days away, it's already buffeting the Boise State football team.
Tough enough to play a team like Florida State at a semi neutral site like Jacksonville but Dorian has blown the Broncos westward to Tallahassee, specially Doak Walker Stadium the home of the Seminoles.
Instead of Florida State at least having to bus three hours to Jacksonville today, they don;t have to go anywhere! Boise State will be the team on the bus today for three hours after four hours on a plane yesterday.
The neutral in this game has been replaced by home field advantage and that's an extra 3-point edge for the Seminoles making them at least a touchdown favorite.
But before I pick Florida State as the winner let me point out the fact this a really different kind of Boise State team. They seem to roll with the punches and embrace the challenge's of adversity.
It's a team that takes their freshman quarterback skeet shooting just to make him feel like one of the guys.
Speaking of the true freshman QB Hank Bachmeier, everyone from players to coaches have talked about his laser focus combined with a quirky, fun loving attitude that stays loose under pressure.
In fact, Boise State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Zak Hill compared Bachmeier to four year starter Brett Rypien in terms of focus and knowledge of the offense but went a step further saying Bachmeier wasn't as serious as Rypien. I took that as a compliment.
Hill also said the offensive line loves the rookies quirky ways. Always nice to know a group of five guys all weighing over 300 pounds are your new best friends!
So who knows, with that kind of team chemistry the Broncos might just shock some Seminole fans, win in Tallahassee and move into the Top 25 and the New Years six bowl picture, Dorian or no Dorian.
My brain says new quarterback on the road in the ACC for his first game, no way Boise State pulls this one out.
My gut says 28-17 Boise State.