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Boise State @ New Mexico Preview: BSU Edition

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The Broncos head south to take on New Mexico

NCAA Football: New Mexico at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State enters week twelve with new hope. Many people had written off the Broncos after a loss to San Diego State and other recent struggles. The Broncos entered last week’s showdown against Fresno State as underdogs at home for the first time in more than a decade. They are now ranked again and head to New Mexico looking to secure a play-in game against Utah State next Saturday. Here are some things to keep an eye on:

Time: Friday, November 16th 7:00 MT

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico (Dreamstyle Stadium)

How to watch: CBSSports Network

Can the Broncos avoid a letdown?

Boise State is known for playing to the level of their competition; that can’t happen this Friday. The Broncos need to enter Dreamstyle Stadium ready to make a statement. This is their last chance to impress the playoff committee (even though it is a long shot) and the voters before their game against Utah State. If the Broncos are smart, they will try to build an early lead and rest some players.

Can the Broncos continue to run the ball effectively?

Boise State had their most impressive rushing attack of the season against the best defense in the Mountain West in Fresno State. The Broncos would be smart to give their running backs a heavy load on Friday night. This might be a good opportunity to get true freshman, Andrew Van Buren, some more carries. However, the Lobos have sold out against the run versus the Broncos in the past.

Will Rypien continue to kill the Lobos?

Rypien missed last year’s game against New Mexico following a concussion against Washington State. The Broncos struggled offensively in his absence. During his first two seasons, Rypien put up huge numbers against the Lobos. Will he be able to do that again?

Can the defense continue to piece together solid outings?

Down four starters against one of the best teams in the conference? No problem for the Broncos. Boise State held Fresno State to 17 points.

Which true freshman will see action?

The Broncos have been utilizing the new rule that allows true freshman to play in four games, recently. Will they continue to do the same against New Mexico?

Avoid injuries at all costs:

The Broncos have had a plethora of injuries this year. It is important that they avoid injuries against the Lobos and have a healthy squad for Utah State.

Vegas Line: Broncos -20

My Prediction:

The Broncos build on the momentum they had against the Bulldogs and put on an offensive show. The defense will have huge letdowns, but the majority of that will come with reserves on the field. Boise State cruises 49-17.