The Broncos head to Provo to take on the BYU Cougars this Saturday. The game will be filled with many questions for both teams, as injuries will most certainly come into play. BYU will look to be the spoiler to Boise State’s New Year’s Six bowl hopes. Here are some things to look for:
Location: Provo, Utah (LaVell Edwards Stadium)
Date/Time: October 19th at 8:15 MT
Head-to-Head: The Broncos have a commanding 7-2 lead in the series, including three consecutive wins.
How will Boise State handle the quarterback situation?
After last week’s game, it is hard to be too concerned about the quarterback position. Obviously, Coach Harsin and the Broncos would like to have true freshman sensation Hank Bachmeier available. But, Chase Cord has proven that he can step into the spotlight with little to no drop-off. The biggest question might be how the Broncos will respond in the most hostile environment they have seen since facing Florida State. Or will BYU fans be out of it after a shocking loss to South Florida?
Will the Broncos have a let down after an offensive explosion against Hawaii?
BYU ‘s defense looked very vulnerable against South Florida, especially against the run. The Bronco offensive line is going to have to give the quarterback time in the pocket, and I expect BYU to be much more aggressive than Hawaii was in trying to get hits on the quarterback.
Can the defense dominate like they should?
BYU is banged up bad; they will either be starting a quarterback coming off a concussion or a third string quarterback. They are also without their starting running back, and there were a number of other players that left with injuries. It would be disappointing if Boise State gave up more than 14 points in this game. The defense should be able to limit their time on the field by getting to the quarterback early and often. The offensive line of BYU is one of their weakest spots, which means that Curtis Weaver could be in for another big game.
Vegas Line: Boise State -5.5
I was a little surprised when I saw the line for this game. Maybe Vegas isn’t as confident in Chase Cord as Bronco Nation is. Boise State has the better team and far better weapons on the offensive side of the ball. If the Broncos continue the creative play calling that they had against Hawaii, this game should not be close. The coaches would be wise to get Shakir, Hightower, and Holani as many touches as possible. Boise State is currently 5-1 against the spread and I think the Broncos win this game but keep it close enough to keep the fans on their toes. Boise State 27-BYU 10.