The 2015 Fiesta Bowl Champions now know what lies ahead of them for the 2015 season.
A road to another possible Fiesta Bowl berth should be much easier for Boise State. Opponents on the Broncos’ 2015 scheduled combined for a record of 76-77 in 2014.
The Broncos will kick off their season in primetime when they welcome Washington to Albertsons Stadium on Sept. 4.
The Thursday game will mark the return of former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, arguably the greatest coach in school history. Under his tutelage the Broncos won two Fiesta Bowls and were a mainstay in the top 25. However this time he’ll coach from the other sideline.
Despite this, many students are excited for Petersen’s return.
“I think it should be a good game because he knows Boise so well,” junior anthropology major Ben Broderick said. “I’m expecting a lot of ‘Beat Coach Pete’ chants.”
The other non-conference games for the Broncos include an away game at BYU, home against Idaho State, and an away game against Virginia.
The non-conference schedule is a mixed bag for the Broncos. Washington and BYU both won eight games last season. Virginia on the other hand, only won five and Idaho State, playing in DI-AA, won eight games.
The MW conference schedule should present little challenges for Boise State.
Because of the restructured MW due to conference realignment, left off the schedule this season are traditional rivals Nevada, San Diego State and Fresno State.
The Broncos instead will be facing Hawaii, San Jose State and UNLV. Boise State will host Hawaii, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Air Force. Only Air Force had a winning record last season.
The Fighting Falcons defeated the Broncos last season in Colorado Springs, 28-14.
As with the 2013 season, the Broncos road schedule will present several struggles.
Boise State will hit the road for two consecutive weeks for match-ups against Colorado State and Utah State on Oct. 10 and 17.
Combined the teams boast a record of 20-7.
Boise State will travel to UNLV for a Halloween showdown with the Rebels before returning home for consecutive home games against New Mexico and Air Force.
The regular season finale will be on Nov. 28 at San Jose State.
The football program will not be made available to the media until spring practices begin on Mar. 6.