Know The Foe

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Know The Foe

Know The Foe :: Vandal Q&A With Vandal Nation

The 2009 Aggie football season brings the return of our Know The Foe feature. The season opener against WAC foe Idaho gives us the opportunity to talk to Travis Mason-Bushman, editor of the outstanding Idaho Vandal blog Vandal Nation. Vandal Nation is published in association with the Idaho Argonaut, the Idaho student newspaper and is the definitive source for Idaho sports online.

How do Idaho fans feel about opening the season with a WAC game?
Mixed feelings - but honestly, I think it's better than opening with a body-bag game. It's gonna give us a chance to build confidence, and it forces the team to get in the winning mindset right away. It's a "fair fight" so to speak - both teams are in the rebuilding process, and both teams now have a winnable game to open the season. It's really going to set the tone for the year. If the Vandals can get the win, then we look like a team moving in the right direction, maybe back toward a modicum of respectability. If we screw the pooch, it's gonna be a long two months 'til hoops season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Bulldog Q&A with The Red Wave

The Aggie football team travels to Fresno State on Saturday and nobody knows the Bulldogs better than their own fans so we enlisted the help of Todd Kaufmann, the founder of The Red Wave to help you get a better feel for the Fresno State Bulldogs. And yes, we stole the name for this segment from our buddy Jack Nixon.

Injuries have played a big part in this season for the Bulldogs, who have been the biggest losses for the Bulldogs personnel wise?
Let's start with Cole Popovich, losing a great leader like him I think was a big blow to the Bulldog offensive line and especially to lose him so early in the season hurt as well.
 
The next name I'd bring up is senior defensive tackle Jon Monga.  Having him inactive for the past 6 games has really shown how important he is to this defense, especially after giving up 472 yards rushing to Nevada last Friday night.  That's embarassing to give up those kind of numbers, especially if you're a team who was ranked in the Top 25 for the first, what, 3-4 weeks of the season?  Since his injury, the Bulldogs have only had one game (Hawaii - 172) where they gave up less than 200 yards rushing.  Getting Monga back for this game, being as it could be the game that decides whether or not Fresno State plays in a bowl game this season, is at the exact right time.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Warrior Q&A with Warriors Will Throw

The Aggie football team hosts Hawai'i on Saturday and nobody knows the Warriors better than their own fans so we enlisted the help of Tombo Ahi, the founder of Warriors Will Throw to help you get a better feel for the men from Manoa. And yes, we stole the name for this segment from our buddy Jack Nixon.

This has been a decidedly different year than last year for the Warrior football team, how patient have the fans been with this team and is there any sort of "grace" period because the team made it to a BCS bowl last season?
I think the hugeness of last year has made the inconsistency of this season a little more hard to take.  I and many others expected a fairly smooth transition despite the loss of Colt Brennan, June Jones, Davone Bess, etc.  UH was keeping the same offensive scheme, and a lot of the defensive and special teams personnel were coming back.  So it's understandable that some of the fans are freaking out.  On the other hand, a lot of fans have been pretty patient and are hoping the team has found its legs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Bronco Q&A with One Bronco Nation Under God

The Aggie football team hosts the 11th ranked (BCS, AP, ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll) on Saturday evening and nobody knows their football team better than their own fans so we enlisted the help of Kevan, one of the founding editors at the sometimes irreverant (okay, okay, always irreverant) but always highly entertaining One Bronco Nation Under God to help you get a better feel for the Broncos. And yes, we stole the name for this segment from our buddy Jack Nixon.

bleedCrimson.net: What is Boise State's bigger strength, offense (32.6 points per game) or defense (allowing just 11.3 points per game)?
One Bronco Nation Under God: Had you asked me this question two or three weeks ago, I probably would have said "offense" - not because that answer is right, but because that answer is the answer I have been in the habit of saying over the past 10 years or so. Funny what several consecutive scoreless quarters will do to you.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Cornhusker Q&A with the Big Red Network

The Aggie football team heads to Lincoln, NE to take on the Cornhuskers on Saturday evening and nobody knows their football team better than their own fans so we enlisted the help of Brandon, one of the editors at BigRedNetwork.com to help you get to know the Husker football team better. And yes, we stole the name for this segment from our buddy Jack Nixon.

bleedCrimson.net: What can Aggie fans expect to see from Nebraska in this game now that the team is under the guidance of Bo Pelini?
Big Red Network: Depends on what you saw from Nebraska last year. The biggest consensus change thus far is increased effort on defense but that’s tough to see if you weren’t forced to watch the 2007 season, so I’ll use an analogy: Say Nebraska was your little brother. Last year he was the sort of brother who, when picked on, just rolled up into a ball and took it.

This year he’s the sort of little brother who, if you give him the old stiff arm to the head, he’ll keep swinging his arms furiously. Still not 100% effective (allowing 351.5 yards/game), but better.

bc.net: The defensive line suffered a tough loss when Barry Turner went down with a broken leg. It's been reported that Pierre Allen will be taking his place on the line. How does this impact play along the defensive front?
BRN: The loss of Turner hurts but Pierre Allen came in last week and played pretty well with 10 tackles against San Jose State. Thus far, the defensive line has been the strength of the team and you probably won’t notice much difference right away, but you will see some guys on the second team getting their first snaps of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>