#14 Boise State Football 2012 Preview

Boise State Broncos

Overall Rank #14
#1 Mountain West Conference
Boise State College Football 2012 Team Preview
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The Broncos were everyone’s favorite Cinderella team back in 2006 when they had an epic upset victory over the powerful Oklahoma Sooners. Ever since everyone has been waiting for them to fall back to Earth, but they have proven to be a perennial powerhouse and this year will be no different.

2011 Record: (12-1 Overall, 6-1 conference)  
2011 Bowl: Las Vegas Bowl vs Arizona State (W 56-24)
Coach: Chris Petersen (73-6 at Boise State, 73-6 Overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Robert Prince
Defensive Coordinator: Pete Kwiatkowski

Returning Leaders:
Rushing: D.J. Harper, RB, 568 yards
Passing: Joe Southwick, QB, 198 yards
Receiving: Matt Miller, WR, 679 yards
Tackles:  J.C. Percy, LB, 48
Sacks: Ricky Tong-A-Tioe, DT, 2
Interceptions: Jamar Taylor, CB, 2

Other Key Returnees:  WR Mitch Burroughs, WR Kirby Moore, TE Gabe Linehan, OT Charles Leno Jr., OG Joe Kellogg, C Cory Yriarte

Key Losses: QB Kellen Moore, RB Doug Martin, LB Shead McClellin

The Broncos have an incredible all around team. They have a strong offensive line, a great passing game, balanced with a potent rushing attack, and a strong defense. With the departure of Kellen Moore the Broncos may rely more heavily on their running game as their new signal caller gets acclimated to a starting role. Their balanced attack should not miss a beat in 2012 as the offense will continue to carry them to victory. As the offense begins to gel with each other, the defense should be able to lead them to victory as they will be loaded for another stellar season.

The Broncos are not used to potentially struggling on offense. Kellen Moore has been one of the most prolific signal callers in the nation during his miraculous four year career.  Now they will have a new quarterback, and to make matters more difficult, they lost their stud running back as well. This offense will still be dynamic but it may take some time to develop. On the defensive side of the ball the Broncos need to improve their pass defense. They ranked 43rd in the nation a season ago, which is not good enough for them to earn a BCS bid. To help their pass defense they will need to find a way to generate more pressure, as they were 68th in the nation last year in that category.

The Bottom Line:
Boise State always finds a way to be competitive and finds tons of overlooked talent. Their offense will be efficient as always and will be able to score points against anybody in the nation. Their offensive line will again be one of the best in the nation, which will help them break in their new starters. The defense will be the unit to watch for the Broncos and will be the difference of losing a game or two and running the table.

Projected Bowl: Maaco Bowl

2011 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 171.92 (40th in the nation, 5th in conference)
Passing Offense: 309.38 (11, 1)  
Total Offense: 481.31 (9, 1)  
Scoring Offense: 44.23 (5, 1)  
Rushing Defense: 110.00 (17, 1)
Pass Defense: 210.85 (43, 4)
Total Defense: 320.85 (16, 1)
Scoring Defense: 18.69 (12, 1)
Turnover Margin: .62 (23, 3)  
Sacks: 1.85 (68, 4)  
Sacks Allowed: .62 (1, 1)