Last year, the Broncos finally overcame their three year losing streak to Air Force. The triple option has given Bronco fans nightmares for years now, and every game against the Falcons is an adventure. Let’s look at what Boise State needs to do to come away with a victory:
Time: 5:00 MT
Location: Falcon Stadium (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Televison: CBS Sports
Can Rypien continue to spin it?
Rypien had his most efficient performance of the year against Colorado State, completing 22 of 26 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns. If Rypien can play anywhere close to that clip and avoid the turnover bug, the Broncos should be in good shape.
Can the offensive line continue to improve?
While it wasn’t great, the Bronco offensive line showed signs of improvement against the Rams. The running game was slightly improved, and Rypien had more time to work his magic in the pocket. With two new starters, the offensive line will have some issues, but they need to continue to take steps in the right direction.
Will the defense step it up?
For two straight weeks, Boise State’s defense has struggled. Teams have been able to move the ball with relative ease, but, luckily, the Broncos have been able to force some turnovers in the red zone. Air Force always gets its yards, but the Broncos need to force field goals and prevent the Falcons from gaining yards in big chunks. Last year, the Broncos were able to win in convincing fashion by forcing turnovers. In both of their losses in Colorado Springs, the Broncos had a difficult time passing the ball and turned the ball over. If the Broncos can force a few turnovers and play a clean game, they should be able to come away with the victory.
Will the Broncos be able to avoid more injuries?
The injuries to David Moa, Sontane Lui, and Deandre Pierce will be more noticeable in this game than they have in past contests. All three of those players have experience against the option and have been effective in stopping it. It also seems like there are always casualties when the Broncos face the Falcons. Hopefully both teams leave Colorado Springs in good health.
Can Mattison overcome the 100 yard hurdle?
This might be Mattison’s best chance at a 100 yard rushing performance. The Broncos need to find a way to get Alex going before they enter a tough stretch of games.
Boise State 42, Air Force 28. The Bronco linebackers will continue to struggle, giving up more rushing yards than they should. However, the offense will have enough firepower for the Broncos to come away with a victory.
Be sure to tune in and see how the Broncos addressed these questions in “The Final Verdict” on Sunday.