Boise State's longtime rivalry with Idaho is a hot topic this week as the Broncos and Vandals meet for the 40th consecutive year-and the last time on the schedule.
Boise State doesn't want to play in Moscow anymore. Idaho wants a home-and-home. Last week, both schools announced that their schedules are full in 2011 and 2012, and the rivalry isn't on the books.
"I don't think it's going away forever, I really don't," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "(Athletic director) Gene (Bleymaier) is trying to finagle it and make it work the best he can for the Broncos."
The Broncos have had some troubles in the Kibbie Dome even in recent years. The 2003 and 2006 games were up in the air in the fourth quarter.
Emotions tend to run high in the dome, a 16,000-seat venue that gets extremely loud. Petersen doesn't want his players adding any fuel, so he made them off-limits to the media this week.
He also wanted to give them a break from the hype that has surrounded the team all year.
"I think all of our guys would be fine," Petersen said. "I just think it was a real good break in this whole process. In fact, when I told them (Sunday) everybody in the meeting was big smiles. There's been a lot of scrutiny on these guys for quite a few weeks. Just for us to focus on football is something we need to do."
• Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was the WAC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a career-high 507 yards last week.
• Boise State fell to No. 4 in all of the polls after beating Hawaii 42-7. The Warriors had won six in a row and were 26th in all three polls.
Series History: Boise State leads 21-17-1 (last meeting, 2009, 63-25 Boise State)
Scouting The Offense: The Broncos rank second in the nation in scoring (47 points per game), fourth in total offense (543.5 yards per game), fifth in passing offense (327.3 ypg), first in pass efficiency (191.79) and third in sacks allowed (.38 per game). Quarterback Kellen Moore threw for 507 yards last week, nearly putting three receivers into triple digits in yards. The Broncos used a no-huddle attack extensively last week.
Scouting The Defense: Scratch all that concern about the Broncos' secondary. Boise State held Hawaii to 196 yards last week-the Warriors' lowest output in the run-and-shoot era. The defensive line was a major factor with seven sacks and enough pressure to keep Bryant Moniz from getting comfortable, but the coverage was excellent, too. The Broncos improved to second in the nation in scoring defense (12.6 points per game) and total defense (231.4 yards per game).
Quote To Note: "We've got a big stadium. If it's a game everybody wants to see, let's let everybody see it right here where all the seats are."-Boise State coach Chris Petersen, on the series with Idaho.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
This Week's GAME: Boise State at Idaho, Nov. 12-The Vandals surrendered 844 yards and 63 points last week to Nevada, the second time in four games they allowed at least 680 yards. That's a bad sign as the Broncos, one of best offensive teams in the country, come to town.
Keys To The Game: The Broncos' only weakness this year has come in the turnover department. They were minus-3 last week against Hawaii, and a couple turnovers prevented them from blowing out Louisiana Tech earlier in the previous game.
Players To Watch:
QB Kellen Moore-He's on pace to torch the FBS record for pass efficiency in a season. He's at 192.38, nearly 10 points ahead of Auburn's Cam Newton. Moore is averaging 11 yards per attempt.
WR Titus Young-He is 11th in the nation in receiving yards and getting very little attention. He has five touchdown catches, all on deep balls, and has five games with at least 90 yards. Last week, he made an 83-yard TD reception.
DE Shea McClellin-He has 6.5 sacks, an interception and a pass breakup that led to an interception. He has been the top playmaker on a dominant defensive line.
• LG Joe Kellogg didn't play last week, but Faraji Wright was impressive in his absence. Kellogg is questionable this week.
• Backup TE Chandler Koch didn't play last week. He also is questionable.