San Diego State is the last team to be able to defeat Boise State at home and they also have won the last two meetings between the two programs. Plus, this is the only team that the Broncos have not defeated are these Aztecs.
So, it comes as no surprise that head coach Rocky Long is not worried about going to the blue turf of Albertsons Stadium. Long was asked at his weekly press conference about the Broncos home field advantage.
"I think it was that way maybe three or four years ago. It's not that way anymore," Long said earlier this week. "It has nothing to do with the blue turf, because we've had success on it. It has nothing to do with any mystique they might have, because it hasn't affected us in the past. It's obviously not going to affect us now. But they're pretty good, we're going to have to play really, really well to stay in the game."
Before Boise State fans throw their arms up in the air over Long's comments. First of all, the back-to-back wins and one being at Boise does show that the blue field is not an issue nor is there a mystique against Boise State since they are not as dominant as they have been.
More importantly, what else would you expect Long to say. Even if San Diego State not had the recent success against Boise State the past two years, Long would not have said going into the blue turf is a tough place to play or that Boise State has this intimidation factor due to its massive success over the past decade, and beyond.
He would have given the proper respect to Boise State and go along those lines by showing respect for his opponent and also saying how his team is ready to play each and every game. That is just what coaches do when talking about opponents.
Go ahead and watch Long's weekly press conference below for those comments and more.