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The bowl game that wasn’t, and other stories.

NCAA Football: SERVPRO First Responder Bowl-Boston College vs Boise State Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Did you enjoy the game yesterday? Almost 15 minutes of action. In all seriousness, what a terrible way for the Boise State seniors to go out. Anyway, we discuss this and other things today.

FAQs about the canceled First Responder Bowl, an extreme college football rarity

Boise State’s 2018 football team was anything but predictable, but “participating” in the first ever CANCELLED bowl game is taking said unpredictability to another level. The forecast was ugly from the start, but the game started as scheduled. Boston College jumped out to a 7-0 lead and appeared to be the more motivated team. About halfway through the first quarter, the game was halted due to lightening in the area. Which was bad news, because the forecast suggested that bad weather would continue well into the evening. The game would soon there after be cancelled. It is a brutal conclusion to the 2018 season for both the Broncos and Eagles.

“Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather”

If you’re a fan of that 70s should, that quote from coach Bryan Harsin may bring back the memory of a funny joke from Kelso. For a team preparing to play their final game of the season and end with a win instead of a bitter loss in the MWC championship game, their opportunity never came. For the players, coaches, fans, and media who spent the last few days in Dallas, over Christmas especially, it is a huge let down. The team appeared to put their best face on and accepted the fate that they wouldn’t play though.

Hawaii’s John Ursua to forego senior season, enter NFL Draft

It’s not a huge surprise, but it is official: Ursua will call it a career for the Hawaii Warriors. Ursua is 25, having served a Mormon mission in France before enrolling at Hawaii, meaning he’s older than the typical college player, meaning he’s only hurting his draft stock if he sticks around any longer. That’s the thinking, anyway. Hawaii has recruited some intriguing slots, and do return Cedric Byrd at that position, but obviously Ursua is a big loss heading into 2019.

UNLV has no answers.

Not only did the Runnin’ Rebels lose to Bucknell, it wasn’t even close. They drop to 6-6 heading into conference play, not the situation they wanted to be in. Coach Menzies said he had no answers during the game; personnel, timeout, or yell at ref answers either.

MWC Players getting some respect.

On the horizon:

  • Make sure you read Zach’s “recap” of the Bronco bowl game from yesterday.
  • Our Road So Far recruiting series will continue today with Colorado State and Friday with San Diego State.