Boise State heads to the East coast in an ACC matchup against Virginia and whoever starts for the Broncos at quarterback will be their first career start, and on the road. Head coach Bryan Harsin is keeping his starting quarterback decision close to the vest, and if he will play more than one, and it will be either true freshman Brett Rypien or Thomas Stuart.
Here is an expert from our game preview now hat to expect from the quarterback spot:
Here's my two takes on the quarterback situation: (1) Harsin and company are aware of the risks of failure in trying to implement a two-quarterback system and (2) the Broncos would not have burned their future star Brett Rypien's redshirt unless they intended to give him significant playing time. In his place they could have sent in QB Alex Ogle, 6-3, 209 lbs. Look for Stuart to start and Rypien to step in after the Broncos jitters settle down.
The Broncos will seek to control the ball and will want to establish a running game against the Cavaliers. Last week the Broncos worked hard on the run. RB Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 205 lbs, rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries and charged in for three touchdowns; RB Kelsey Young, 5-10, 198 lbs, had eight carries and added two rushing touchdowns; his brother, RB Cory Young, 5-10, 200 lbs, ran for 69 yards on nine carries; and Devan Demas, 5-8, 175 lbs, the second leading rusher on the team, added 65 yards and a touchdown. In total, the Broncos amassed 344 rushing yards on 58 carries last week. But that won't happen Friday night.
Despite starting a new quarterback, the Broncos are a slight road favorite and that likely has to do with the defense Boise State presents which a legitimate top 25 defense.
WHERE: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA (60,000)
TV: ESPN, 8 p.m. ET
ODDS: Boise State is a 2.5-point favorite