2017 Football Preview – Mountain West – Broncos
Looking for 2017 Boise State Broncos predictions? The Broncos had another nice season in 2016. They finished with a 10-3 record which put them in second place in the Mountain West Conference. As good of season as they had it was disappointing as they didn’t come home with the Mountain West Conference, something that is their goal every year. Coming into this season they feel like they have the pieces to rise back to the top of the Conference.
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So can they win the Conference Title again this year? Or will they fall short again?
2017 Boise State Broncos Predictions: Team Strengths
Stability at Quarterback: One of the biggest strengths for this team is at the quarterback position.
Quarterback Brett Rypien is back for another year after earning First Team All Mountain West honors last year. Last year he had 3646 yards passing and 24 touchdowns. He also did a good job not turning the ball over.
He only threw eight turnovers, and did a good job of not turning it over when pressure was the highest.
If he gets hurt they also have Kansas transfer Montell Cozart to lead the team.
The one thing he could improve on, and the whole offense could improve on is scoring touchdowns. Last year they settled for too many field goals, and it cost them some games. If they want to win the Conference championship they need to put the ball in the end zone more.
Lower Expectations: I am not sure if it is necessarily a strength, but the expectation is always a Mountain West title, but with the coaching changes, and the Mountain West getting better, if they don’t come away with the title it seems to be accepted a bit better then years past.
2017 Boise State Broncos Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Lack of Talent?: Lack of talent might be a deceiving word for a Boise State team that has a ton of talent, but compared to last years team the talent is lacking.
Jeremy McNichols was a star last year for the Boise State Broncos and he decided to leave early for the NFL draft, and that is a huge talent that they have to try to figure out how to replace such an elite player.
Overall this team lost 18 seniors last year and a lot of those guys were impact guys. If they can win the Mountain West with the talent they have the field, it’s going to be a huge credit to Bryan Harsin.
Who’s At Running Back?: Like I said above Jeremy McNichols was a star last year, and everything the offense did was run through him.
He could run the ball, he was speedy, he could be a power back, and he could catch the ball out of the back field. Now they do have some good recruits, and guys were on the team last year, but they won’t be able to fully replace him this year.
The rest of the offense is going to have to get creative for them to have the similar success without him as they did last year.
Boise State Broncos Prediction: 9-3
This season is all going to come down to how they close out games. Last yer they struggled doing that, and that cost them a Mountain West title.
This year I think they will have a better year, and close out games better, but I think they will come up just short.
I think they will run the table in non conference play, but they will struggle in conference play, and that will put them in second place in the Mountain West.
2017 Boise State Broncos Football Schedule
- 9/2/17 3:45 PM ET TROY
- 9/9/17 10:30 PM ET @WSU
- 9/14/17 8:00 PM ET UNM
- 9/22/17 8:00 PM ET UVA
- 10/6/17 10:15 PM ET @BYU
- 10/14/17 10:30 PM ET @SDSU
- 10/21/17 TBD WYO
- 10/28/17 10:00 PM ET @USU
- 11/4/17 TBD NEV
- 11/11/17 11:30 PM ET @CSU
- 11/18/17 TBD AFA
- 11/25/17 4:30 PM ET @FRES
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