Boise State 2013 Football Schedule Breakdown (Part 1)
With College Football just around the corner, I thought now would be a good time for my yearly breakdown of the upcoming Boise State Football schedule.
At Washington: 8/31/13
The Broncos continue their trend of kicking off the year with a marquee game, this time against the Pac-12’s Washington Huskies. Rarely do we get to see teams play each other in a bowl game and then open the next season against each other, so this has made for some great offseason storylines if you follow either Boise State or Washington. The Bronco’s won the last meeting in the Las Vegas Bowl 28-26, capping off the game with an interception.
There are plenty of questions going into the first game of the season for both teams, however I feel that the Broncos have the edge, even going into the recently renovated Husky Stadium. There are plenty of questions on the Washington sideline with their star TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins breaking his finger a few days ago. With plenty of new faces around their 12 returning starters (5 offense, 7 defense) as well as a battle at running back, the Huskies with be difficult to prepare for.
Boise State should come of here with a win as long as the team plays like it during the last 4 games of last season.
Bold Prediction: Boise State 31 – Washington 24
Vs. Tennessee-Martin: 9/7/13
The University of Tennessee at Martin, representing the Ohio Valley Conference in the FCS, comes into Boise in the third week of the season after the Broncos come off a bye week. The Skyhawks went 8-3 (6-2 OVC) last year, with their three loses coming against FBS opponent Northern Illinois, #19 ranked Eastern Kentucky, and a close overtime loss at Tennessee Tech. While they may play in a lower division of football, the Skyhawks are a solid football team. However, this is a team that will be replacing senior QB Derek Carr (nope, not that Derek Carr), their top two running backs and their top receiver. These losses, as well as a trip on to the Blue should prove to be far too much for the Skyhawks.
Bold Prediction: Boise State 42 – UT Martin 7
Vs. Air Force: 9/13/13
The Air Force Falcons come into Bronco Stadium to open up Mountain West play. Air Force and their triple option offense always seem to prove difficult for the Broncos, however the advantage of playing in Bronco Stadium should be enough to edge out the Falcons. With only 9 returning starters (3 Offense, 6 Defense), as well as a competition at quarterback, Air Force most likely won’t be able to edge out the Broncos on the Blue. However, senior running back Anthony LaCoste could prove to give out defense some trouble.
Bold Prediction: Boise State 24 – Air Force 13
At Fresno State: 9/20/13
The Broncos continue Mountain West play in week 5 of the season, facing off against the Fresno State Bulldogs. This will be the first real test for the Broncos in conference play, as they face the favorite to win the Western Division. More than likely, the Broncos will be facing Fresno twice this year. Winning this game could be the deciding factor of where the second matchup takes place, possibly forcing a trip to Boise for the first ever Mountain West Championship game. The Bulldogs are led by senior quarterback Derek Carr. Even after losing Rouse (RB, 2012) the Bulldogs return an impressive 15 starters (7 Offense, 8 Defense). With their defense’s impressive ability to turn the ball over, Boise needs to be careful. This group was one of the best at getting take away’s last season, and turned that into an impressive 9 win season, losing to Oregon in Eugene, by one on the road against a strong Tulsa team, and against Boise on the Blue. They went 6-0 at Bulldog Stadium last year, so the Broncos will need to be on high alert.
Fresno put up some impressive numbers at home last year, scoring no less than 37 points. This includes putting up 69 points on Colorado, 48 against Air Force and 52 against San Diego State. Look for this game to be a high scoring affair, with the Broncos hopefully edging out a win.
Bold Prediction: Boise State 42 – Fresno 40
At this point in the season, Boise should be sitting at 4-0, with some of the toughest games yet to come. While Boise State’s home schedule isn’t very impressive, they run the gamut when playing teams on the road. If they can get past Washington and Fresno however, they have a very good shot of going 12-0 in the last year of the BCS. I am excited to see how things play out in the revamped Mountain West this year, especially with the additions of Utah State and San Jose State, which will bring two experienced teams into the fold. Be on the lookout for part 2 and part 3 of this series, breaking down the remainder of the Bronco’s 2013 Football Schedule.
How do you think the Bronco’s will do this year? What do you think is their most difficult test? Let me know in the comments down below!