Rams, meet ‘Popeye’

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Rams, meet ‘Popeye’

CSU to host No. 5 Boise in league debut
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Ezra Thompson and the Colorado State Rams will host No. 5 Boise State on Saturday in the Broncos’ Mountain West debut. CSU hasn’t beaten a ranked team since 2002, when they upset seventh-ranked Colorado, and the highest-ranked opponent Colorado State ever has beaten is sixth-ranked Arizona in 1994.
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D.J. Harper and fifth-ranked Boise State will open Mountain West play Saturday at CSU in Fort Collins. Oddsmakers have installed the Broncos, formerly of the Western Athletic Conference, as more than four-touchdown favorites.

Rams, meet ‘Popeye’

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Rich Abrahamson/The Fort Collins Coloradoan file photo
Ezra Thompson and the Colorado State Rams will host No. 5 Boise State on Saturday in the Broncos’ Mountain West debut. CSU hasn’t beaten a ranked team since 2002, when they upset seventh-ranked Colorado, and the highest-ranked opponent Colorado State ever has beaten is sixth-ranked Arizona in 1994.
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Matt Cilley/Associated Press file photo
D.J. Harper and fifth-ranked Boise State will open Mountain West play Saturday at CSU in Fort Collins. Oddsmakers have installed the Broncos, formerly of the Western Athletic Conference, as more than four-touchdown favorites.
Big East targets Boise State for its football conference

NEW YORK – The Big East is considering adding Boise State football to help bolster the conference’s chances of retaining its BCS automatic bid, though both sides still need to be persuaded it’s the right move.
A college football official, who spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the Big East’s plans, said some Big East presidents are resisting adding Boise State, and the school itself has reservations about joining a conference in flux.
The Big East said earlier this week it would like to expand to 12 football schools.
Boise State has been one of the winningest programs in college football over the last decade, and its record of success, some Big East officials believe, will help the league retain its automatic bid to the BCS. Without that, the Big East could lose millions in revenue, not to mention prestige.
Last month, Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they would be leaving the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, leaving the Big East with six football members: Louisville, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Rutgers, Connecticut and USF.
Air Force and Navy also have been targeted as football-only members, and the Big East is considering Temple from the Mid-American Conference and Central Florida and East Carolina from Conference-USA as members in all sports.
SMU and Houston from CUSA also are possibilities, allowing the Big East to regain the presence in Texas it thought it was going to have with TCU.
Last week, TCU reneged on its decision to join the Big East in 2012 and decided to join the Big 12 instead.

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