Robb Akey's Idaho Vandals opened as 28.5-point underdogs in Saturday's game at Boise State. Normally, coaches who are facing an expected bludgeoning say nice things about their opponent, hoping to soften the blow.
But Akey decided to shred the coaching handbook Monday by taking several swipes at the Broncos.
"My goal is that on Saturday night that I will be the least popular individual with every administrator within the WAC conference because we have taken the BCS hopes away from our conference," Akey said. "That's my goal and desire."
He was just getting started.
"This series has been more one of tradition. It was a Vandal tradition for a number of years; it's been a Boise State tradition for the last several. It needs to turn back into a rival game. I know I'm not supposed to not to say that because I'm supposed to pay homage to Boise State. ...
"As a matter of fact, it was suggested by some people that maybe we just treat this like a bye week and don't even bother to play the game because we can't touch them. But we're going to be there. Kickoff is 1:30 so we're going to make sure we get there by 11:30 so we make sure they can't start without us. We're going to pin our ears back, we're going to get after it and we're going to have a great time with this ballgame."