Welcome back to the Always Sonny in Fort Collins preseason countdown to kickoff. I’m bringing this back because I’m stuck at home with nothing to do and I’m assuming you are too.
The countdown will be split into two parts: a brief rundown of a player and their hometown, and a second section where I’ve ranked every CSU game of the Mike Bobo era from worst to first, using science.
Ellison Hubbard • DL • Senior • Loganville, GA
So far: Hubbard was one of many Georgia recruits the previous staff brought in. He chose CSU over 20 or so other offers. He’s been a picture of clean health, playing in at least 12 games in all three of his seasons in Fort Collins. The best ability is availability, said every coach ever.
He also made a short film about brushing your teeth:
What’s ahead: 2020 sees him back as the anchor of the D-line, but exactly where on the line remains to be seen with a new staff and philosophy coming in. 2019 saw him getting into the backfield more often (career high 7.5 TFLs, and 5.5 sacks), so hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.
Brewery nearest Loganville, Georgia: Slow Pour Brewing Company (10 miles away in Lawrenceville)
Worst Yelp Review for Slow Pour Brewing Company:
Braeden B from Vail, checking in! This is definitely the kind of review you’d expect from someone named Braeden from Vail. I hope his fantasy team was shit.
Ranking Every Game of the Mike Bobo Era, #63:
2017 Boise State, The Ultimate Choke Job
- Score: Colorado State 52, Boise State 59
- Line: Boise -6.5
- Venue: Multipurpose Stadium
Here it is, the worst game of the Mike Bobo era. Using my proprietary game-ranking technology, this game ranks as the worst due to the stakes of the game, the irritating opponent, and the “come-from-ahead” style of defeat.
The Rams came into the game on a two-game losing streak, but remained mathematically alive for the Mountain Division title with a win and some help elsewhere. The Rams also entered the game 0-6 all time against the Broncos, and this represented a glorious chance to get that monkey off their back.
CSU started quickly, getting out to a 28-3 lead and eventually going into the half up 35-17. Boise made their inevitable comeback in the 3rd quarter, but CSU still held a 52-38 lead with three minutes to go in the game. Unfortunately, two major events occurred early in the 4th that would come back to bite them: settling for a field goal from the 1-yard line and Dalyn Dawkins (268 yards from scrimmage, 2 TDs) leaving the game with an injury.
Boise would score on their next drive to make it 52-45, then execute a miracle on-side kick over Michael Gallup’s head, then score again.
In overtime, Boise scored right away and Dawkins’ replacement Rashaad Boddie fumbled, ending the game.
The loss felt even worse when Wyoming and Boise lost in the following weeks, meaning CSU would have clinched a berth to the MW Championship. (And would go into the championship game coming off a Week 13 bye.)
Boise State finished the season 11-3 (22nd), with wins over Fresno in the MW Championship and Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Fun fact: In the three overtime games of the Mike Bobo era, CSU failed to score a point. As my guy Braeden B from Vail would say, unbelievable.
Here’s a video of the game if you hate yourself and want to watch: