I know this loss sucks. It really does. To lose in the same painful fashion in back to back years is really depressing. And lord knows, I was ripping mad at Goodale and the secondary during and after the game. But now that I've calmed down, I've realized that the future is still bright for this program, despite what the haters and Boise State-bashing media are going to say for the rest of the season.
At quarterback, we are loaded. Grant Hedrick's running ability adds a new wrinkle to our offense, which is usually oriented towards accurate pocket passing. I don't think he's starting material, but he can be deadly coming in for some different looks, maybe to run the option. Nick Patti has been hailed as the right-handed Kellen Moore. Will he truly be the next Kellen? That remains to be seen, but I'm definitely excited to see him hit the field. And weren't there rumors on Twitter of Tanner Mangum switching his commitment to Boise? What's the news on that? Regardless, while what Kellen has done for this program is irreplaceable, all is not lost.
The running game is still very solid, even without Doug Martin. DJ Harper is coming back, and we saw today up until the hit that took him out of the game that he can run with speed and with authority. And as for the passing game, Matt Miller has turned out to be an absolute beast. 'Nuff said.
The defense worries me. The young secondary NEEDS to step it up next year if we want to stay competitive. No more stupid penalties, no more getting torched on every deep ball. And the NFL talent-laden D-line is going to be tough to replace. But the current D-linesmen were freshmen once as well, and were coached up into the superstars they are today. Hopefully the next crop of D-line players will have NFL scouts salivating once again.
But enough about the roster. The program is actually still in a good position despite our crushing loss. Contrary to popular belief, Boise State will not shrivel up and crawl away into irrelevance. We've still got an invite from the Big East, an AQ conference, and unless we get a miracle BCS bowl invitation, we won't have to pay a lot to leave the Mountain West. We've got a new stadium with state-of-the-art facilities and expanded seating in the pipeline - big-name schools might actually want to come to Boise now, and blue chip recruits will be impressed. We've still got Coach Pete, we've still got two BCS bowl wins, and we've still got the media's rapt attention.
Chill out, Bronco Nation. All is not lost. This is only the beginning of our transformation into a national football powerhouse. Go Broncos!