Has The Blue Turf Run It’s Course At Boise State?
Boise State is famous for its football program and notable football alumni, but mostly, the blue turf at Albertsons Stadium. Installed in 1986, it may have given us an unfair advantage. Between 1999 and 2018, the Broncos only lost nine home games, but lately, it hasn't exactly been the friendly confines it used to be. Since 2019, the Broncos have lost seven games at home.
The Psychological Mind Game
Playing on the blue turf messes with the heads of visiting teams. I mean, think about it. You're used to playing on green grass, and suddenly, you're stepping onto this striking, bright blue surface. You have to get used to it, which can affect your game plan. The contrasting colors make it challenging for opponents to quickly read the field and react to plays.
The Camouflage Effect
Boise State players wearing blue uniforms on that blue field create a kind of camouflage. It's like they blend in, making it hard for the other team to track their movements. This blending effect can lead to confusion and put visiting teams at a disadvantage when trying to figure out who's who.
Maybe It's The Fans
Boise State has some of the most dedicated fans in college football. The noise levels can go through the roof when they're in that stadium. This deafening roar can disrupt communication between opposing teams and mess with their ability to execute plays. Between the blue turf and the pumped-up fans, it can be a hostile environment for visiting teams.
Maybe other teams have figured out how to play on the Smurf Turf. Or, maybe the coaching staff and the recruiting aren't what they used to be.