Six Burning Questions For Boise State Football
Getting the answers you need to know for the Broncos season
How hyped should Boise State be for 2019?
We continue our series of burning questions with Boise State and we chat with our Boise State staff and editors of the site.
1. What does a successful season look like?
@RajaBleedsBlue – Win the conference makes the year a success. Considering the schedule (with Air Force and Utah State) there really is no reason that Boise State should not get to the MWC Conference title game. All the other normal stuff should be in play: spending time ranked in the AP, winning 10 games, getting New Year’s Six buzz, and winning five or six games on the BLUE turf,… but ultimately its conference championship or bust this year.
@JeremyMauss – Get to the conference title game. That is one of the expectations that Boise State should have each year. They have gone to three and are 2-1.
@MattK_FS –The answer for Boise State is pretty straightforward: Win the conference.
@erik_smiley54 – Conference Championship. I want to aim higher and say NY6, but I feel like as long as they bring the MW championship trophy back home most fans will be happy with how the season went.
2. What does an unsuccessful football season look like?
@RajaBleedsBlue – A successful season is probably the inverse of the previous question, not winning the conference. But I would say a true unsuccessful season and reason to panic would be to either win eight regular season games or not making the conference title game. If either of those happen, then the season is truly a disaster.
@JeremyMauss – Look back at my prior answer so technically not making the title game but that is not realistic. Boise State can have 10 wins and not go to the conference title game and that may not be the ideal situation but not successful would be inaccurate with double-digit wins. Winning “only” nine games would be a disappointment. That means a likely loss to Florida State and two league games which would mean they don’t win the Mountain Division.
@MattK_FS – Because the bar is set higher for the Broncos than anywhere else in the Mountain West, I think even a “high floor” season, where Boise State wins ten games but fails to win the title or even make it to the championship, would be viewed as a disappointment. And that’s a credit to the program’s track record since they’re facing similar questions to other teams in the conference but still bring a lot back, anyway.
@erik_smiley54 – Three losses or more (talk about spoiled). Losing to Florida State, wouldn’t be a huge surprise to many, but dropping any other out of conference game or two conference games would be incredibly disappointing.
3. Who is a player that no one is talking about that we should know now?
@RajaBleedsBlue – Well we are all talking about him in Boise, but the rest of the conference better get to know true freshman running back George Holani. Jeremey McNichols and Alexander Mattison both played as true freshmen and I expect Holani to follow in their footsteps. There may not be an Ajayi, or McNichols, or Mattison on the 2019 Broncos but Boise State’s running game will be better than expected.
@JeremyMauss – True freshman defensive back JL Skinner. Head coach Bryan Harsin really likes him and earning a spot on the two-deep in what should be a solid defensive secondary is a big deal. Being the No. 2 at his position means that he will be thrust into action in nickel and dime packages plus a rotational player from time to time.
@erik_smiley54 – The return of DeAndre Pierce. Boise State’s pass defense hasn’t been great over the last few seasons and last year they were in the bottom half. Part of that is because teams usually had to throw to catch up, and missing Pierce for most of last season with a lacerated spleen.