College football season is just around the corner, and Boise State will look to start out their season strong against Troy on Sept. 2. Like most years, the expectations are high once again, with many fans believing that Boise State should contend for the Mountain West title, and possibly make a New Year’s Six Bowl game.
“I am cautiously optimistic about this year,” said Boise State alumnus and super fan Nick Carannante. “The losses of (Jeremy) McNicholas and (Thomas) Sperbeck will obviously hurt on the offensive side of the ball, so we will need guys to step up to replace their impact offensively.” Nick believes that despite a few tough tests on the road, they are all winnable games.
“My hope for this team is to go 10-2 at the least and win the Mountain West,” Carannante said.
With road games like Washington State, BYU and San Diego State, Boise State will not have it easy this season. The game against Washington State has the possibility to be the first game against a ranked opponent since the 2014 Fiesta Bowl against Arizona.
Boise State has what some would consider a fairly easy home schedule this year, playing Troy, New Mexico, Virginia, Wyoming, Nevada and Air Force. Boise State will be looking for revenge against Air Force after losing to them for three straight years. Boise State has kept much of their talent and looks to have one of the best teams the university has seen in a while.
However, not everyone is as optimistic about the upcoming season. Some people, such as Boise State student and host of Pulse sports show Ty Zacharisen, believe Boise State’s recent struggles are a sign of the future instead of just a bump in the road. “Bringing back one of its most inexperienced teams in recent memory, my expectations for Boise State aren’t too high,” Zacharisen said. “In his third year as QB, (Brett) Rypien should be able to showcase his abilities as one of the best QBs in the conference.” Rypien has had a decent performance in his first two years, but will look to step up his game and lead them to the Mountain West Championship.
“Aside from the QB position though, there’s a lot of question marks throughout the roster,” Zacharisen said. “This is probably Boise State’s toughest schedule in recent memory. Rypien is crucial, but I think Boise State finds itself at the end of the season 8-4, failing to win the Mountain West Mountain division for the third year in a row.”
Boise State will have to answer these questions if they look to contend for the Mountain West, according to Boise State fan Zach Covert.
“Unless we show true heart and determination, we will never be the old BSU,” Covert said. “We must follow the three H’s to succeed: heart, hustle (and) Harsin. No girls, no games; the only G we need is grit.”