Monday, August 30, 2010
WAC 2010-Boise State Broncos
2009 Record: 14-0 (8-0)
Head Coach: Chris Peterson (5th season, 49-4)
Offensive Coordinator: Bryan Harsin (5th season)
Defensive Coordinator: Pete Kwiatkowski (1st season)
2009 Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl, defeated TCU 17-10
Offense: What's not to love about this offense. Every single skill position player returns from last season. QB Kellen Moore is as good as it gets when it comes to playing the position. Moore has a 64-13 TD/INT ratio in two seasons and is 26-1 as a starter. He is obviously a pre season AA, and should be a top 3 candidate for the Heisman this season. He certainly has plenty of weapons in his arsenal, as WRs Austin Pettis and Titus Young are both incredible talents. They combined to haul in 29 scores in 2009, and look to lay out some more devestation to secondaries this season. TE Tommy Gallarda is a nice safety valve option again. There is very nice depth at RB behind Jeremy Avery, as DJ Harper, who is solid in his own right, was the team's leading rusher before tearing up a knee. Doug Martin joins the cast. The line is solid on the interior, but there will be two new starters at tackle. That should not matter, though, as 8 players return with starting experience all over the line.
Defense: 10 players return with starting experience across the board from last season's 14th ranked defense. Every starter returns on the line, DE Ryan Winterswyk has 19 career sacks. The Broncos usually only use two LBs (4-2-5 set) and Aaron Tevis is the only one who started last year. JC Percy will compete with Darrell Acey at the other spot, but both will play big minutes. The secondary is loaded. Winston Venable is the nickle back, and has major big play potential. Jeron Johnson is a 2 time leading tackler. CB Brandyn Thompson was the Fiesta Bowl MVP. The only worry is who will replace Kyle Wilson, who was drafted into the NFL. Don't worry...talent abounds on the smurf turf.
Special Teams: Kyle Brotzman has had issues as a PK and P, and so the staff is working with him to correct his problems. He has a big keg, but consistency is going to be a problem with him.
Wins: 9/18 @ Wyoming, 9/25 Oregon State, 10/2 @ New Mexico State, 10/9 Toledo, 10/16 @ San Jose State, 10/26 Louisiana Tech, 11/6 Hawaii, 11/12 @ Toledo, 11/19 Fresno State, 11/26 @ Nevada, 12/4 Utah State
Toss Up Games: 9/6 Virginia Tech
It's all about the Virginia Tech game, which is a virtual Tech home game. Bronco fan had better saddle up and head to the capital next weekend, as Boise has a not so great record playing outside of the Pacific/Mountain region. Every other game is a non issue for Boise's march back to the BCS.
Outlook: One game should tell the story this season, and that is a week from today. Boise should have no problem marching undefeated through the WAC in BSU's final season in the conference before joining the Mountain West in 2011. Chris Peterson also proved his commitment by agreeing to stay at Boise State, as he was offered just about every open job in America last season and felt that he was in his dream job enough to stay. This program will be loaded for years.