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Boise State Broncos 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 10
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 14

The Boise State Broncos are the little team that could. Being from the WAC, the Broncos success was always written off as playing against inferior opponents. In 2010, all that has changed. Boise State opens the preseason at number three in national polls. The days of no respect for the Broncos are long gone.

Boise State had a perfect season in 2009, culminating in a Fiesta bowl win over Texas Christian (TCU). The statistics put up by the blue field warriors are simply stunning. Quarterback Kellen Moore threw for 3,536 yards, 39 touchdowns and only three interceptions. That’s a 13:1 TD to INT ratio…and he was only a sophomore.

Boise State College Football Cheerleader

Moore will have just about all of his starting players back around him, led by wide receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis. The two combined for 142 catches, 1,896 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. The Broncos are also blessed with multiple talented running backs capable of rushing for 100 yards a game.

Jeremy Avery led the team with 1,208 yards rushing, but Doug Martin and D.J. Harper (who missed most of last year with an ACL tear) could also be starters. All three backs averaged over 5.5 yards per carry. A lot of the credit goes to the polished offensive line. The entire starting unit will be back, along with three reserves that have starting experience.

Boise State’s defense was just as good as its offense, it not better. With the exception of cornerback Kyle Wilson, all other starters return to a top 15 unit. Senior defensive end Ryan Winterswyk led the team with nine sacks and is a Defensive Player of the year candidate.

The linebackers are a talented bunch and the secondary is full of accomplished playmakers. Safety Jeron Johnson has led the team in tackles twice, and cornerback Brandyn Thompson was the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP. The only unproven player is cornerback Jamar Taylor, who will be taking over for Wilson.

Outside of a very difficult opening game against Virginia Tech and a matchup against Oregon State, the rest of the season should be no problem for the Broncos. As dramatic as it may sound, the opening game could make or break their year. No matter what, Boise State has a ton of talent and must be considered among the best teams in the country.

Boise State’s odds to win the National Championship: + 750

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