With the Ole Miss game behind them perhaps no game is more important for the new era of Boise State football then this one against Colorado State.
The Broncos go home for their home opener and start their Mountain West schedule against a team that they have owned in recent years outscoring the Rams 147-57 over the last three seasons.
Even with the uncertainty that has surrounded this team over the last several months, Boise State is expected to come away with a win in this one.
Colorado State hasn’t been a real contender since the Broncos joined the Mountain West in 2011 and have hovered around the mid to bottom range of the conference.
Despite finishing with the same record as the Broncos last season at 8-5 and a opening win against in-state rival Colorado last week the Rams don’t figure to be one of the top teams in the conference this season.
A win for the Broncos would give them that all important first win on the season as well as starting conference play off on the right foot and keep Boise State as one of the favorites to win the conference.
It would also give them momentum going forward as the Broncos have three out of their next four games on the road.
…but a loss to the Rams at home would be a major cause for concern and could really spell the end to the season.
The Broncos have not started the season 0-2 since the 2005 season when lost back to back games against Georgia and Oregon State.
That team went on to go 9-4 but had quarterback Jared Zabransky at the helm.
Boise State would no longer be one of the favorites in the Mountain West and serious questions would be raised of the team and the coaching staff.
The Broncos at that point would be fighting to become bowl eligible as they would still have several much tougher opponents in front of them that include Fresno State, BYU, San Diego State and Utah State and wouldn’t be favored in any of them.
If the Broncos were to lose fans can expect to be for a long season and it could be Boise State’s worst season since 1998 when they went 6-5.
If Boise State does indeed lose it will signal an end to the great Bronco teams we have been accustomed to for a almost a decade now and usher in an era of rebuilding and uncertainty.