"It's a pretty ominous task," says new Wyoming coach Craig Bohl, with a stern face. "They ask how you do it. I say: 'How do you kill an elephant?' One bite at a time."
It appears Bohl will not be invited on safari any time soon, but you’ve got to give him credit for his plan to beat Boise State. The former face of North Dakota State’s FCS powerhouse said he modeled his Bison program after the Broncos.
"Boise enjoys a proud reputation all across the country. You say the name 'Boise' and everybody recognizes the type of football program they are," he stated. "There’s a whole lot that can get done when nobody cares who gets the credit, and that’s always what you found about Boise’s team."
"We’ve got a lot of work to do at Wyoming, but we’re going to go that road," Bohl added.
Bohl wasn’t the only coach to show respect to the Broncos at the Mountain West Football Media Days. Boise State’s competition seem to think a five-loss season was an aberration, and they’re probably right. It has been 17 years since a team in the Mountain Division has beaten BSU.
"It all starts with Boise and, at the same time, it's well-deserved," declared Colorado State coach Jim McElwain. "What they’ve done as a program, what they’ve done as an organization, is something that a lot of people try to model themselves after."
"Everybody knows who they are, they’re going out and playing people," he continued. "I expect them to win that first game, then we show up game two."
Utah State coach Matt Wells said he didn’t feel slighted by being picked to finish second in the division behind Boise State, but he does have November 29 circled on his calendar.
"I hope that last Saturday (of the season) that when we come to play on the blue in Boise, I hope it's for all the marbles for the Mountain Division," said Wells.
The two Mountain West squads that were able to beat the Broncos last season - Fresno State and San Diego State - did so at home. This year, the Bulldogs and Aztecs have to come to Boise.
"It’s going to be a matter of getting our guys not to look at the blue turf and just line up against somebody and let’s see if we can get it done," said Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter.
"There’s something special about Boise and Boise State because they’ve had that kind of success and consistency through several head coaches," quipped San Diego State coach Rocky Long. "I’m not looking forward to coming to Boise this year."