Following their loss to the UTEP Miners (!!) Boise State has a record of 2-2.

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So, maybe this isn’t going to be their greatest season. But when you’re a successful, overachieving team like the Broncos, losing to a program like UTEP is going to have repercussions.

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The day after Friday’s loss at the Sun Bowl, Boise head coach Andy Avalos fired his offensive coordinator Tim Plough.

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On Monday, starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier announced his intention to transfer.  Bachmeier’s decision could be related to the firing of Plough.

It could be a reaction to such a rocky start to his senior season. But it seems likely that the loss to the Miners…the lowly Miners…is what directly precipitated the changes.

Boise State went into the game as 15 ½ point favorites, looking for their third consecutive win. The Miners walloped the Broncos 27 to 10. The MINERS!  This upset is being touted as a major milestone for BOTH teams.

For UTEP it’s the most impressive victory of the Dana Dimel era. For Boise, it’s already being talked about as the worst loss since the program joined the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 1996.

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So, the question now is…should Miner fans get excited because of this win? The answer, I think, is a resounding “YES!”   It’s not often that the Miners pull an actual UPSET.  To do it so convincingly that people actually got fired THE NEXT DAY is practically unheard of.

Andy Avalos has only been the Bronco’s head coach since 2021. His current record is 7-5, including the loss to the Miners on Friday. That’s the lowest win percentage since Houston Nutt was head coach all the way back in 1997.

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