Attack the future is a mentality that Bryan Harsin lives and breathes.
His first game as the Boise State football head coach will be against a ranked SEC foe at Ole Miss, with a hostile southern crowd jeering for a Broncos defeat – Harsin couldn’t be more ecstatic.
“We are ultimately just excited,” Harsin said. “I am more excited than anxious, and I am excited for my players and coaches.”
Boise State is continuing the trend of opening the season against nationally ranked opponents. Ole Miss is starting the season ranked 18th.
“We are playing a quality opponent that is very good,” Harsin said. “We are playing a team that is one of the top teams in the SEC going into the season and have high expectations of winning their conference.”
The Rebels are returning 16 starters which includes All-American defensive back Cody Prewitt, first team preseason All-SEC defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and second team All-SEC Quarterback Bo Wallace.
“They are very good football players and a force to be reckoned with,” Harsin said. “They will pose a challenge for us.”
Harsin, though, is focusing more on just how big of a moment this is for his team.
“To me, it’s a great opportunity more than anything else,” Harsin said. “What an awesome opportunity after all this preparation to play this type of opponent, on this stage and have this chance to start the season off.”
Even though Boise State is the heavy underdog going into its first game, Harsin has all the faith in the world in his team.
“If our guys go out and treat it as ‘what an opportunity to go out and play in a game like this’, we will be fine,” Harsin said.
Harsin has been putting his team through the grind this off-season, but he knows that is nothing compared to being in a real game situation.
“In camp you don’t feel that type of anxiety and adversity when you are in a game playing four quarters,” Harsin said. “This game will come down to what team handles that better.”
The game kicks off at 6:00 p.m MDT in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the Chick-fil-A kickoff and will be nationally televised on ESPN.