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Boise State Preview 2016: College Football Playoff Buster

The Boise State football outlook for 2016 season. With the firepower, the coaching, and the schedule all in place, the Broncos will have a legitimate shot to do something truly special.

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By Boise State’s impossibly high standards, 2015 was a successful failure.

It wasn’t a Mountain West title season, and there wasn’t a New Year’s Six bowl appearance like there was in 2014.

There was a win over Chris Petersen’s Washington squad to kick things off, but there weren’t any wins of note along the way. Virginia was bad, Colorado State was okay, and even the blowout bowl win over Northern Illinois was against a team that was a shadow of its earlier season self.

It’s hard to get too down about a 9-4 season that came really close to being even better, losing in a heartbreaker to BYU and to New Mexico and Air Force at home both by seven.

Boise State has made a living off of being the giant killer since this unbelievable run of success began in 1999. This isn’t a program that loses to New Mexico or Air Force, especially at home. So maybe the aura of invincibility is gone, and maybe this isn’t quite the killer it was at the highest of heights in the Petersen era, but as is, it’s still very, very good.

Between his three years combined at Arkansas State and Boise, Bryan Harsin has two conference titles in his first three seasons as a head coach. Turning 40 this football season, he’s one of the brightest young stars in the coaching world, even if he’s in his hometown working for his alma mater. Boise State has a future big-time Power 5 head coach leading the way – but Boise State also considers itself a big-time gig, too.

Harsin should have the team in place to once again show what he can do and win a third conference champ in four seasons.

Quarterback Brett Rypien leads a killer of an offense that ripped it up at times scoring 52 points or more in five of the final 11 games. The Broncos lose just two starters from the nation’s 15th-ranked attack, and this time around there are plenty of options to battle for spots.

The defense is a different story with all four starters up front gone, including pass rushing terror Kamalei Correa, who took of early to the NFL. But with five starters returning in the back seven, it’s not like the 12th-best defense in college football is starting from scratch.

No, nine wins with no Mountain West title isn’t good enough. That’s not Boise State football. This season should be back to norm.