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College Football 2018 Preview: Boise State Broncos

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Boise State Broncos 2018 College Football Preview

The Boise State Broncos are gunning for back to back Mountain West titles in 2018.

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College Football 2018 Preview: Boise State Broncos

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Overview: Head coach Bryan Harsin has the talent and depth on both sides of the ball to make Boise State the team to beat in the MWC.

Offense:  Quarterback Brett Rypien returns for his senior season to give the Broncos passing attack a fearsome look despite losing leading receiver Cedrick Wilson from 2017. Sean Modster and AJ Richardson are the top returning receivers with a combined 65 catches while Octavius Evans and CT Thomas enter their second season. Alexander Mattison topped Boise State on the ground with 1,086 yards and 12 trips to the end zone and more of the same is expected with five offensive lineman back with starting experience which helps offset the graduation of two starters.

Defense: The Broncos get back almost every contributor but MWC Defensive Player of the Year Leighton Vander Esch which is a major loss. Defensive end Curtis Weaver gave Boise State eleven sacks in 2017 as freshmen while Tyson Maeva will look to pick up some slack at linebacker with the departure of Vander Esch. BSU returns their entire D-Line so the team is poised for another top 20 ranking against the run.  Corner Tim Horton garnered All-MWC honors with DeAndre Pierce and Kekoa Nawahine giving the Broncos over 190 tackles a year ago at the safety position.

Special Teams: Boise State ranked in the top 30 in special teams in 2017 with PK Haden Hoggarth making 18-23 field goals while Avery Williams returned two punts for scores. Punters Joel Velazquez and Quinn Skillin are back as well so the unit is poised for another huge season.

Outlook: Boise State will need a boost from their passing game but Rypien appears to have the necessary options. A loaded defense gives the Broncos the ability to dominate on both sides of the ball and what we have is a squad that on paper is the best in the MWC.

Schedule:

9-1 at Troy

9-8 vs. UConn

9-15 at Oklahoma State

9-29 at Wyoming

10-6 vs. San Diego State

10-13 @ Nevada

10-19 vs. Colorado State

10-27 at Air Force

11-3 vs. BYU

11-10 vs. Fresno State

11-17 at New Mexico

11-24 vs. Utah State

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