College Football News Preview 2020: Boise State Broncos Keys To The Season
Biggest Key To The Boise State Broncos Offense
Keep Hank Bachmeier in one piece. It’s not that Chase Cord can’t play, and it’s not like Jack Sears wasn’t a great get from USC.
And it’s not like the offense didn’t go on to win the Mountain West title when Bachmeier went down and Jaylon Henderson took over, but the hope to get to a New Year’s Six game – and win another Mountain West championship along the way – might just come down to the health of the main man.
More than that, the season should be about the offensive line and its ability to come together in a hurry. John Ojukwu is a good tackle to start with, but the other four starters are gone from a line that struggled in pass protection.
The receivers good, the running backs are great, and Bachmeier is a potential superstar. The front five has to do its part.
Biggest Key To The Boise State Broncos Defense
Get into the backfield, and come up with playmakers who can hit the quarterback on a regular basis.
Everything about the Boise State defense started with a pass rush that dominated game-in-and-game-out. It even worked in the blowout loss against Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl, and it worked in the loss to BYU.
When the Broncos came up with four sacks or more, they were 5-0.
The program is 18-2 in its last 20 games when it gets to four sacks or more, and now the entire front four needs an overhaul of talent with the hope that someone rises up and produces, like …
Key Boise State Broncos Player To A Successful Season
DE Demitri Washington, Soph.
Curtis Weaver was sacking force over the last three seasons. Leighton Vander Esch was a star, before him was David Moa, before him was Kamalei Correa, before him was Demarcus Lawrence, before him was Shea McClellin, and on and on and on.
Who’s going to be next?
The hope is for the 6-3, 260-pound Washington to be ready to rise up and produce, or for 6-4, 274-pound Aisa Kelemete to be on the verge of something special, or for anyone to be the next Weaver, or Vander Esch, or Moa …
Key Game To The Boise State Broncos Season
at Air Force, Sept. 12
The home date against Florida State is the one the Broncos need to think big, and going to Wyoming late in the year will be a thing in the Mountain Division race, but it all has to start out well.
Lose at Air Force to kick off the conference season, and Boise State will be chasing.
There’s no San Diego State, Fresno State or Nevada on the slate, and Air Force isn’t good enough to run the conference table, but there might not be any wiggle room the rest of the way if the Broncos can’t win their fourth straight in the series.
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2019 Boise State Fun Stats
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Boise State 136 – Opponents 64
– Sacks: Boise State 40 for 224 yards – Opponents 27 for 167 yards
– Time of Possession: Boise State 31:12 – Opponents 28:48