The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Boise State Broncos.
No. 37: Boise State Broncos
Spring Practice Starts: March 19
Spring Game: April 14
Boise State Broncos Spring Status
The wins just keep on coming. There might have been losses to Washington State and Virginia early on to take away the national attention, but everything worked from the start of October on, taking down the Mountain West title and ripping up Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl.
But even with 21 wins over the last two seasons, this is a program that’s used to winning all the big games and being involved in the New Year’s Six bowl hunt.
There are a few losses, though, without WR Cedrick Wilson, TE Jake Roh, and two starters on the offensive line. However, QB Brett Rypien is a special veteran, Alexander Mattison is yet another great Boise State running back, and the holes should be filled in a hurry.
Leighton Vander Esch went from being an unknown to the best defensive player in the conference. He’s gone, along with LB Gabe Perez, and that’s it. Nine starters are back on defense – it’s going to be outstanding.
And so will Boise State.
Boise State Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Top pass catchers. Wilson was everything to the passing game at times, catching 83 passes for 1,511 yards and seven scores. The No. 2 receiver? Roh, who caught 39 balls with nine scores. There are wideouts ready to do more, and now it’s time for A.J. Richardson and Sean Modster to shine – along with several young options – and the tight end situation will need work.
Boise State Biggest Issue
Fourth down conversions. There are a few other concerns – there need to be more plays behind the line without Vander Esch, the kick coverage could stand to be better, and the ground game has to be stronger – but the Broncos have to start converting a few fourth down tries.
The 2016 team converted 53% of the time, and the 2015 offense converted 63% of its chances. Last year? 3-of-17 – 17.7% of the time. There wasn’t enough power or pop on the line.
Boise State Biggest Positive
The defensive front. Good luck running on this group. Colorado State was able to run for 261 yards and five scores in the wild shootout – a Bronco win – but no one else hit the 200-yard mark on the ground. It was possible to score on the Boise State D line, but the yards weren’t there. The front three around David Moa will be special.
Really, Why Are The Boise State Broncos Ranked Here?
Fresno State will be outstanding, San Diego State will be a player again, and Wyoming and its defense will be awesome. But Boise State is loaded for another big run for the Mountain West title, and maybe more.
There aren’t any massive holes – demand at least ten wins and to be in the mix for the New Year’s Six bowl slot.