Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Boise State Broncos season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Boise State Broncos
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Boise State Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
Now that’s more like it, Boise State.
You’ll have to forgive Bronco fans for being spoiled and entitled after years and years of dominance, including Year One of the Bryan Harsin era.
The 2014 Broncos not only took down another Mountain West title, but they got the New Year’s Six nod and won the Fiesta, too, finishing off a 12-win season. But that’s what Boise State is supposed to do.
No, it’s not like being Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, or now, Georgia, who live in a national title-or-failure world, but yeah, if Boise State isn’t winning the Mountain West championship, the season didn’t work. Something went wrong.
So when the Broncos dared to finish second in the Mountain division in Harsin’s second season, and then went two years in a row without a conference title – and three of the four seasons in the championship game era – there was reason for a full-blown panic.
Oh sure, Harsin won 31 games in three seasons, but maybe this really was San Diego State’s conference.
Maybe Boise State was just another very good Group of Five program, but not the powerful force it was under Chris Petersen, and before that, Dan Hawkins.
One 17-14 slugfest win over Fresno State later for the league title, and all was right with the world.
When Boise State was Boise fricking State, it not only took down conference championships, it would own any Power Five program that dared to put a challenge on the slate. So when the Broncos melted down against Washington State, and somehow got run over by a Virginia team that couldn’t break an egg with its ground game, there was something missing.
The performance against Oregon to dominate the Las Vegas Bowl sort of filled that, but that needs to be the launching pad for something bigger and better.
This is Harsin’s best team yet in his five years, and it needs to play like it from the start.
Start with having – likely – the Mountain West’s best player in QB Brett Rypien. Along with a great line in front him, and Alexander Mattison to hand off to, the offense will be just fine despite the lack of a true No. 1 target.
The defense that was so good last season should be at a whole other level of dominance. Leighton Vander Esch might be one, but everyone else is back on a group that should own the 2018 All-Mountain West team.
Even the kicking game is great – there might be a few holes, but there are no excuses.
Boise State, this year with this team, you either win the Mountain West championship, or the season was a disaster.
Unfair? Nope. Because winning conference championships is what Boise State is supposed to do.