Boise State Football: Five Must-See Games in 2015

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2. BYU – Sept 12

The toughest opponent on the schedule this year is arguably BYU. Not only is it the first road game of the year, but BYU has a talented roster. You’ve probably heard of quarterback Taysom Hill, but the talent doesn’t end there.

BYU has both talent and depth at a few positions, but especially at linebacker. Harvey Langi and Fred Warner are huge play makers, but are just a few skilled players at the position. BYU is almost always very strong against the run, which means Boise State will practically have to get something out of their quarterback(s) in order to win. BYU has a very good defensive line, but a questionable secondary. Even a good Bronco’s defensive performance may not be enough if Boise State gives to ball back to what could be one of the top offenses in the country.

BYU won’t have as strong of a ground game as they had hoped, since starter Jamaal Williams is taking the year off. Nate Carter and Algae Brown will fill in well, but may occasionally struggle against tough defenses, which probably includes Boise State’s. BYU’s offensive line should be improved and will challenge Boise State’s stout defensive line. BYU’s receiving core is tall and has an extremely high ceiling.

BYU does have good special teams, where Adam Hine returned a touchdown against Virginia late in the game last year. BYU’s kickers return but, coaches are still deciding on how to manage the punting game.

If Boise’s defense can even slow down Hill and the offense a bit, then the team has a shot at an upset. But more than any other game on this year’s Boise State schedule, the passing game must be good or BYU may end up completely shutting down the Bronco’s offense.

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