Decade of dominance
Boise State has accomplished more in a decade than most teams have in an entire century.
Here’s a list of BSU’s top football successes between the 2000-2009 seasons:
-Boise State owns the nation’s best home record of 63-2. No. 2 is Oklahoma at 60-2 and No. 3 Texas with a 56-4 record.
-The Broncos have compiled the nation’s highest overall winning percentage at .868 percent with an overall record of 112-17. No. 2 Texas (.853 percent) with a 110-19 record and No. 3 Oklahoma (.821 percent) at 110-24 overall.
-No team has dominated its conference like the Broncos. BSU is the nation’s top conference performer this decade with an overall Western Athletic Conference record of 73-4.
-BSU scored more points than any team in the country during the past decade scoring 5,341 points for an average of 41.40 points per game. Texas is second scoring 5,071 points and Texas Teach is third with 4,732 points.
-The Broncos dominated the West Coast by winning 112 games across the span of the decade. That’s compared to USC (102 wins) and Oregon (87 wins).
The 2010 Boise State football team appears primed to embark on a path untraveled by any non-automatic qualifying school prior.
Coming off its second Fiesta Bowl win in four years after defeating TCU 17-10, the Broncos are ideally positioned to compete for college football’s greatest prize — the BCS National Championship.
Make no mistake, playing for a championship is within BSU’s grasp. Boise State will start the season slated inside the Top-5 of every major poll, which gives the Broncos serious national respect. On the field, the Broncos are stacked at every position with veteran talent. BSU returns 23-of-24 starters from its 2010 Fiesta Bowl team.
Cornerback Kyle Wilson is the only player not returning after being chosen No. 29 overall by the New York Jets in the 2010 NFL Draft.
This sets the stage for the season-opening Labor Day showdown with Virginia Tech at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Sept. 6.
What might as well be called a home game for the Hokies is being dubbed a neutral site showdown. Virginia Tech, also eying a preseason Top-5 ranking, must replace half of its defense and most of its offensive line.
Offensively, the Hokies are stacked with three running backs who each have big play capability and return senior star quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Tyrod “T-Mobile” Taylor.
For the Broncos, any chance at the BCS National Championship essentially comes down to what happens against the Hokies.
Quarterback Kellen Moore, a junior from Prosser, Wash., has already been named to several Heisman Trophy watch lists for the upcoming season.
Moore threw 39 touchdowns to only three interceptions during the 2009 season and displayed one of the most accurate arms in WAC history. Making few mistakes has separated Moore from other quarterbacks throughout the nation and has become the staple of his play.
The 2009 WAC Offensive Player of the Year led Boise State to its second consecutive undefeated regular season and ended the year 14-0 after defeating TCU. That mark put BSU into an elite class with Alabama (2009) and Ohio State (2002) as the only three teams to win 14 games in a single season.
Throwing for 3,536 yards and compiling the nation’s second best passing efficiency at 161.65 in 2009, Moore has raised the bar for himself again.
While it may be difficult for Moore to improve on his numbers from 2009, it’s still possible for him to develop into a better all-around quarterback and increase the efficiency of the Bronco offense.