It wasn’t always pretty, but the Broncos did what they needed to do and left Albertsons Stadium with a convincing victory. However, that victory may have come at a cost, as the Broncos endured some significant injuries that are likely to impact next week’s game against a resurgent Utah State squad. With that being said, let’s take a look at my keys to the game and how they turned out for the Broncos.
How banged up are the Broncos? Will Bachmeier be ready to go?
Very and no. The Broncos entered this game knowing that they had lost DeAndre Pierce for the season, but backup quarterback Chase Cord missed the game as well. Also, John Molchon sat out after the first drive to prevent further injury and Curtis Weaver appeared to suffer a significant injury, as he was seen on the sideline in a boot. If the Broncos can find a way to pull off the victory next week, it will be one of the greatest feats of the Bryan Harsin era.
Can the offensive line take steps in the right direction?
Not really. When New Mexico decided to blitz, the Broncos struggled to pick it up and Jaylon Henderson took some hits that could have been prevented. I expect the Aggies to be extremely aggressive next week. The offensive line will need to have its best performance of the year in Logan.
Can the Broncos finally make a statement against an inferior team?
The Broncos have underperformed in these kind of games in recent years. The offense had an up and down performance, but the defense took care of business and this one was never in doubt. It was exactly what Boise State needed, a blowout where some backups got some much needed reps.
My prediction: I predicted a 35-17 Boise State victory. I thought New Mexico would come out with some fire early in the game and put some points on the board. But the defense stymied the Lobo offense and kept them out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter. Final Score: Boise State 42-New Mexico 9, Boise State covers the 28 point spread.