Boise St. Broncos 2010 Season Preview/Prediction
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WAC 2010-2011 Football Previews: Boise St. Broncos
Coach: Chris Petersen
2009 Record: 14-0
Boise St. Gambling Odds from Sportsbook.com to win BCS: +1200
Since Boise’s magical 2006 Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners, the Boys on the Smurf Turf have been a perennial BCS threat. Last season, the Broncos beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl again. Furthermore, the team that represents the best news in Idaho since sour cream and chives might have an even stronger team in 2010.
Junior southpaw QB Kellen Moore is back, after hucking a remarkable 39 TDs to only three picks – one of the craziest ratios this author has ever seen.
The Broncos return 20 starters, ten on both sides of the ball. The only glaring departure is CB/special teamer Kyle Wilson.
Boise has a couple tough non-conference games, but it goes without saying the Broncs should simply cruise through the Western Athletic Conference.
In short, everything. A team that went unbeaten last season returns experience at every important position. Sure, going 14-0 isn’t the same in the WAC as it is in the SEC or Big 12, but it still speaks volumes for Boise’s 2010 prospects.
Of note, RB Jeremy Avery (a 1,000-yard rusher) WR Titus Young (a 1,000-yard receiver), WR Austin Pettis (team’s second-leading 2009 grabber) and defensive stalwarts Ryan Winterswyk and Jeron Johnson will be back in the thick of things. Oh, and Moore is also the best QB in the conference.
Boise State is fantastic for the conference it plays in; some would argue we would never really know how excellent the Broncos truly are until they played an entire season in a major conference. Boise does take a bump up to the Mountain West in 2011-12.
If this team is vulnerable, Kyle Wilson’s replacement at corner (likely sophomore Jamar Taylor) may have a target on his back.
Boise also breaks in a new starter at left tackle, though that is less important as it isn’t Moore’s blind side.
2010-2011 Boise St. Football Prediction: 13-1
As somewhat of a Boise pessimist, I predict the Broncos losing their first game to the strong Virginia Tech Hokies in Landover, MD on Sept. 6. After that, though, Boise should cruise. Oregon State in Week 4 is a bit of a challenge, but Coach Petersen’s players can handle it.
If Boise can beat V-Tech right off the hop, it has an excellent chance again at going unbeaten in 2010 and playing in a major bowl – maybe even the title.
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