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...and a little bit about why Boise State WILL NOT win.
You’re probably familiar with the gist of
The 2008 Broncos surely have aspirations to soar where their predecessors have. But do they have the talent?
They’ve got the right scheme – at least from the perspective of us Duck fans. Head Coach Chris Petersen earlier this summer told ESPN that BSU was making some changes following back-to-back losses to
For a game and a half, it was all clicking.
Then it all came to a halt.
The Broncos fumbled on their first possession of the second half against
So who will it be in Autzen Saturday? Bottom-feeder bullies or the team the locked up for a half against
Ian Johnson (#41, 6-0, 196 lbs., Sr., CA) gets a full two pages in BSU’s press notes. A pre-season all-american in some publications, Johnson ranks second (behind
The X-factor for
Hmmm… Freshman QB, making his first road start, in Autzen, facing a defense which now may need to carry the team following another QB injury. Not exactly a recipe for success. The intensity and sheer noise of Autzen is a far cry from Prosser High - a road stop between Kennewick and Yakima, WA - or a cozy BSU home game against Idaho State. Far more experienced QBs than Kellen Moore have lost it on Rich Brooks Field (Mark Sanchez and Rudy Carpenter come to mind).
Is it really any more difficult than this? Take away Ian Johnson, or at least contain Ian Johnson. Play disciplined and maintain leverage against misdirection and trickery. Play sharp on special teams. Then let the young QB take his best shot against one of the best secondary units in the nation.
Boise State may always be the non-BCS team that could, but historically they've been the been the team that could not on the road against Pac-10 teams.
A few more interesting
● Sophomore kicker Kyle Brotzman was a 2007 Groza Award semi-finalist.
● For active players in ’08…Ian Johnson is the leader in NINE rushing and scoring categories.
● Ian Johnson holds the BSU record for TDs in a game – 5 versus
● Jairus Byrd with wear Todd Doxey's No. 29 jersey against Boise State.