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Internal affairs: News from around the non-BCS and Independents

9/17/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Johnson's legacy: Ian Johnson is hoping to leave some sort of mark on the Boise State program when Saturday's game against No. 17 Oregon is all said and done. Johnson said he wants Boise State to be known for more than its 13-0 campaign and Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma in 2006. The Broncos have never beaten a BCS team in a true road game, and Johnson, a senior, said he doesn't want to leave Boise with thoughts of what he could have done.

East Carolina better than Alabama?: Tulane coach Bob Toledo didn't hesitate to call East Carolina a better team than Alabama, the Green Wave's season opening opponent. Toledo justified his assertion by saying that East Carolina is a more seasoned team that Alabama, which is playing with a lot of younger players.

"In my mind they're better than Alabama," Toledo said. "These guys are an experienced football team. They're very physical and they're very athletic... There's such a fine line between a major team and a mid-major team. I just think there's much more parity in college football and I see it on the film."

UNLV moves forward: UNLV running back Frank Summers said that after Monday he was done talking about the Rebels' upset win over No. 15 Arizona State even though he admitted that the thought of the win was something he's having a hard time getting over. He said he had 25 voice mails and text messages following the game and he saved all of them to commemorate the moment. But after Tuesday, Summers said, the messages would be gone and he's be focused on beating Iowa State, a team that's never won a road game under head coach Gene Chizik.

Ball State not there yet: Despite the 3-0 record, Ball State quarterback Nate Davis isn't ready to give his team the Mid-American Conference crown. He said his team didn't play well against Akron and still has a long way to go if it wants to compete against the likes of Central and Western Michigan. The Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time since 1988, but that season Ball State started strong and went on to lose two of its last three.

Navy in reverse: Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo will spend this week trying to figure out how his high-power rushing offense came to a screeching halt in the second half against Duke last Saturday. The Midshipmen had 130 total yards and three first downs in the second half and the bulk of that came on a 68-yard touchdown pass. Niumatalolo said this weekend's game against Rutgers will be a must win for both programs.

"It's going to be a circle-the-wagons game for them. Just like it for us," he said. "We're both the same. Our backs are against the wall. We're in a very similar situation. It's going to be a dogfight."