Boise State 2011 (via tpg85404)
Chris Petersen is 61-5 as the Bronco's head coach for a reason. Anyone that believes Boise State won't be the same typical mid-major program pushing for undefeated BCS bowl status just because they had a letdown in Reno this past Thanksgiving weekend would be severely mistaken. Quarterback Kellen Moore will finally be a senior in his fourth year of starting. This fact alone will be good enough to place the Broncos somewhere near the top of the preseason projections. While some big name talent will be leaving, plenty more is still sticking around. This won't be an all-passing situation where Moore has to carry the load either. All-WAC running back Doug Martin is a powerful threat out of the backfield and coaches have had little problem locating receivers to fit this scheme. What put Boise State over the top recently has been a fierce, aggressive defense. Depth and experience is plentiful on this side of the ball once again. In fact, it could supplant the offense as the strength of the program. The Broncos make their move in 2011 to the new Mountain West Conference. While TCU is now part of the regular season schedule for one more year (TCU moves to the Big East in 2012), Boise State still has the difficulty of overcoming the "weak schedule" argument despite the fact they landed Georgia in the opener much like they did last year with Virginia Tech. Does it really matter to a public that refuses to give this team their fair slice of the proverbial pie? What more can Boise State do in this situation? Just win, and win they shall continue to do...no question about it.