The end is nigh. After 231 long days, Bronco Nation can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and the return of Boise State football. Boy I hope everyone is ready for a show.
Frankly, the Broncos’ season opener against the Ole Miss Rebels in this year’s Chick-fil-A kick-off game is a must-win if Boise State wishes to prove they are still a football power on the national scale. A loss would send the Broncos down the rankings, with few opportunities to climb back up in the MWC.
To defeat Ole Miss, Bryan Harsin is going to need to bring back some of the magic that made him one of the nation’s most coveted offensive minds.
The Broncos have many strengths: they have experience and great play-makers in their offensive skill players, a ball-hawking secondary, and an athletic, senior quarterback in Grant Hedrick. After that, we pile on the weaknesses.
Inexperience along both the offensive and defensive lines spells doom against SEC teams, even a school like Ole Miss that have a long way to go before they are in the same conversation as Alabama, Auburn and LSU.
Hedrick has proven he has the ability to get the ball to playmakers like wide receivers Matt Miller and Shane Williams-Rhodes. Jay Ajayi has to be in the conversation as one of the best running backs in the nation.
But if Hedrick spends his night on the big stage in Atlanta on the run, and Ajayi is constantly met by Rebel defenders, does it really matter?
Boise State has the opportunity to do some real damage to Ole Miss, but their holes along the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense are just too glaring to ignore.
Hedrick will struggle against a hostile defense (and crowd) and Ole Miss’ offense, despite being inexperienced, will find plenty of opportunities to exploit Boise State’s defensive line.
Sorry Bronco fans. Harsin will likely lead Boise State to a 10-win season this year; you’ll just have to wait a little longer for that first win.
Ole Miss- 23, Boise State- 17