#18 Boise State Broncos: College Football 77 in 77

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Welcome to The Sports Bank 77 in 77. We’re previewing one team a day everyday as the college football season approaches. And we’re doing it in rapid fire sequence. Today, the Boise State Broncos

2011 was: a banner year in school history. However, they fell just shy of the BCS title game. Their defense was okay, but overall their offense was phenomenal. The ‘Broncs lost the big game at home versus TCU, and that was enough to ruin the title hopes. Sorry but last year was your year, and it still didn’t happen. With no Kellen Moore and a ton of piece to reload on defense, no hope to be that big of a national power this season.

2012 will go smoothly if:  the new signal caller lives up to the hype;the last guy was only the most winning QB in college history and the Broncos can find a new wide receiver to get into the groove with him. The running game should be alright, but this is a reload year, or rebuilding. There’s NFL talent that needs to be replaced at tailback and OT. Not to mention all the starters at defense. But there is a ton of starting experience returning at offensive line.

2012 will be rough if: there’s more questions than answers. Boise State is two missed field goals away from having a 3 year unbeaten streak, and now the kicking situation is less settled than ever. This is their last chance to win the Mountain West before heading off to the Big East, and they won’t do it unless they take care of a tougher schedule this fall. The trip to Michigan State could set the tone early.

BMOC: not listing any on defense because they have a whopping one starter returning on that side of the ball,on offense QBs Joe Southwick and Grant Hedrick, TB D.J. Harper

 All Name team: strong at this area, both with freshmen: S Chanceller James and veterans DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe

Bottom Line: 8-10 wins looks likely. They might be deserving of more, but it all depends on if they stay healthy at the positions where they have little depth and the QB play. There’s going to be a step down from last year, it’s inevitable. How much? depends on how well the youngsters on defense grow up in a hurry

All the 77s

#19 Oklahoma State

#20 Ohio State

#21 Texas

#22 Texas A&M

#23 Michigan State

#24 Louisville

#25 Stanford

#26 Auburn

#27 Kansas St.

#28 Utah

#29 Missouri

#30 Georgia Tech

#31 Virginia

#32 Notre Dame

#33 NC State

#34 Iowa

#35 BYU

#36 UCF

#37 Washington

#38 Tennessee

#39 Rutgers

#40 Penn State

#41 Baylor

#42 Texas Tech

#43 Pittsburgh

#44 Cincinnati

#45 Mississippi State

#46 North Carolina

#47 Northwestern

#48 Miami, FL

#49 California

#50 SMU

#51 South Florida

#52 UConn

#53 UCLA

#54 Illinois

#55 Vanderbilt

#56 Washington St.

#57 Wake Forest

#58 Ole Miss

#59 Purdue

#60 Iowa St

#61 Kentucky

#62 Arizona State

#63 Boston College

#64 Ohio

#65 Marshall

#66 Arizona

#67 Southern Miss

#68 Tulsa

#69 Oregon State

#70 Houston

#71 Syracuse

#72 Colorado

#73 Kansas

#74 Maryland

#75 Duke

#76 Minnesota

#77 Indiana

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