Boise State vs. Utah State: Keys For A Broncos Victory
Can the Broncos keep its streak alive vs. Aggies?
Here are the keys for a Boise win
Week 8: Utah State At Boise State
When: Saturday, October 24th, 2020 – 5:00 pm MST
Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
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Boise State opens up the season hosting Utah State in the first game of the 2020 season.
1.Controlling the Quarterback Carousels
Aggie Coach Gary Anderson announced that he would use a two-quarterback approach with Jason Shelley (Rs-J), a Utah transfer, and Andrew Peasley (So). Boise State will likely have a similar system as last year with Hank Bachmeier (So) serving as the clear number one while still getting time for USC transfer Jack Sears (Jr).
If Boise State can force the Aggies to keep switching quarterbacks and not allowing them a rhythm, they will be able to limit their productivity. On the flip side, if the Broncos can keep Bachmeier protected and allow Sears to enter as a bit of a change-up, they will be able to avoid the slow starts that plagued them last season.
2. Test The Passing Game Early
Utah State has some great experience in their secondary, but there has been some considerable moving around. Boise State’s offensive line struggled early last year with pass protection and are returning limited experience outside of Left Tackle John Ojukwu. Boise State does return all of their skill positions from last year so this is an area that the Broncos could still be able to capitalize early on.
3. Embrace The Weird
We can all acknowledge that this season hasn’t started how anyone thought. With almost everything associated with college football either starting late, being condensed, or being limited, it’s easy for the unlikely to creep into every game. The conferences that have already begun to play have all seen upsets with teams like Florida and LSU losing to unranked opponents, and most have had games postponed. Boise State needs to embrace the wired, roll with it, and focus on the game plan.
Boise State returned a lot of production from both sides of the ball, especially in the skill positions on offense. The chemistry that the Broncos come in with there should lead to a fast start with the ball. The defense returns 4 of their top 5 tacklers from last year, and most of this year’s starters have some starting experience with the Broncos. Those things combined with the game being on The Blue should lead to a comfortable victory for the Broncos, but with this year being what it is, I don’t think it will be that easy. Boise State is favored by 16 points in the game, and while they will win, I don’t see them covering that point total.
Boise State 34, Utah State 20