2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 48 Boise State Broncos
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Boise State Broncos
No. 48: Boise State Broncos
Boise State Broncos Prespring Status
Boise State should’ve been playing in the Cotton Bowl – or at least the Mountain West Championship. It had the experience, the talent, and the schedule to come up with a massive 2016, but instead it had to settle for just another ten-win season. The offense was efficient and effective, and the defense solid, but the Broncos had a strange way of struggling to put games away and keeping things way too close.
This year’s team – once again – is good enough to win the Mountain West, but it loses several key stars on offense with six starters needing to be replaced. The defense has to try getting better despite the loss of six starters, too, along with both kickers.
Boise State Broncos Biggest Issue
The offense will be fine despite the loss of RB Jeremy McNichols and top receiver Thomas Sperbeck, but the big problem is a defense that has to be better after turning in a disappointing year. The top four tacklers and six of the top seven are done, needing to replace the top linebackers and excellent defensive backs Chanceller James and Jonathan Moxey.
Boise State Broncos Biggest Positive
All is not lost on offense. Brett Rypien came up with a good 3,646-yard season with 24 touchdowns and just eight picks, and while he loses his two top weapons in Sperbeck and McNichols, Cedrick Wilson is a devastating receiver averaging over 20 yards per catch with a team-leading 11 scores. The tight end situation should be a plus with Jake Roh returning, and while it’ll be tough to replace McNichols, Boise State has become a factory for good backs.
Really, Why Are The Boise State Broncos Ranked Here?
Head coach Bryan Harsin always seems to fill in the gaps in years when Boise State is supposed to take a step back. He has some ten-mile wide holes to fill, but there are plenty of good prospects waiting in the wings, and Rypien might just be good enough to elevate the offense. This team shouldn’t be as good as last year’s, but it should still be among the best in the Mountain West.