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College Football Preview: #23 Boise State

August 03, 2012

The Broncos have been one of college football’s most consistent programs over the last decade. They typically lose only a game or two each year, if at all. The team will have to regroup this season, because they lost a lot from last year’s squad. But the Broncos have faced this before and just replace players and roll right along. So do not count them out.

Losses from last year’s team include offensive coordinator Brent Pease, who took the same position at the University of Florida, quarterback Kellen Moore who is arguably the best the Broncos have had at the position, running backs Doug Martin and D.J. Harper, wide receiver Kyle Efaw and three offensive linemen, Chuck Hayes, Nate Potter and Cory Yriarte. On defense they lost pretty much the whole starting defense. So if the Broncos re-load and keep winning this year, there is no stopping them. 

Again the Broncos took down a major team last season when they went to Atlanta and dominated the Georgia Bulldogs, who wound up in the SEC Championship Game. But again they dropped a regular season game that they could have easily won (and probably should have) that ruined their chance to play for the national title. They probably won’t have to worry about that this year. They’ve lost a ton of talent. Several of their players were drafted, three of them in the first round. Boise is not typically a school who recruits near the top of the recruiting rankings, so replacing that much talent won’t be easy.

Joe Southwick will take over at starting quarterback. He is a junior who’s been watching Kellen Moore for two years, so hopefully he learned a lot. Who knows how good he is, because he sure didn’t get to play much.

As has been the case the past few years, the Broncos start with a big time team. This year they open with Michigan State. They also play Miami (Oh) BYU and Southern Miss before they get into conference play. Even though they are young, they should still be more talented than nearly everyone they play, the only exceptions being the Spartans and Cougars. Southern Miss is not to be taken lightly, but the Broncos should beat them.

If the Broncs can take three of four in the non-conference schedule, and we think they can, then look for them to be ranked significantly higher than they are now.

Betting prospectus: The Broncos are a good futures bet and a good bet to beat the spread more often than not.

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Friday, August 3rd, 2012 College Football 2012

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