Chris Petersen has yet to announce a starting quarterback for the Broncos' season opener against AP No. 11 Michigan State, Boise State's fourth consecutive season opener against a ranked foe (and third on the road). The most experienced candidate is redshirt junior Joe Southwick, who has appeared in 16 games in his Boise State career and has thrown for two touchdowns. Southwick will have to fend off redshirt sophomore Grant Hedrick and true freshman Nick Patti. "I think we have four good quarterbacks," Petersen said. "You just need to see where they are physically and where they are knowledge-wise. They're all talented; we just need to push the envelope and get these guys ready for what we want to do."
Replacing Kellen Moore is a huge task, and to think it is anyone else than Joe Southwick would be just wrong. No matter how often Petersen says that the quarterback race is wide open. As for being ranked No. 23 it is pretty much the respect Boise State has earned over the years by finishing the year with 10-plus wins and being ranked near the top 10.
Boise State is just like Texas, Florida State and Georgia, but just on a smaller scale.
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