Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Boise State doesn’t get the best bowl matchup by any means and that’s unfortunate for a team that had a strong campaign standing 10-2 overall heading into the postseason. Boise State has picked up a number of solid wins this season against teams like Washington State, BYU, and New Mexico, but with the division on the line the Broncos came up short in their regular season finale losing to Air Force on the road by a final of 20-27. Boise State does a lot of things well ranking 16th in the nation in passing, 28th in scoring, and 29th in total defense. Brett Rypien has thrown for 3,341 yards while RB Jeremy McNichols has picked up 1,663 yards on the year.
The Baylor Bears fell off a cliff in the second half of the regular season and that can happen with less than inspiring coaching. Things were going to be tricky for the Bears this year given the dismissal of their head coach Art Briles in the offseason and Baylor fell apart this year losing their last 6 games in a row heading into the postseason. Baylor will head in a new direction now that they bring in Temple’s head coach to try and stop this ship from sinking. Baylor’s program has really built itself up over the past decade and it would be a shame to see the Bears head back into the basement of the Big 12. Even though Baylor had some defensive issues, the offense still largely performed ranking 28th in the nation in passing, 12 in rushing, and 33rd in scoring average.
QB Seth Russell will be out for the bowl game and there’s just a lot of uncertainty in general surrounding this Baylor football program heading into bowl season. There’s reason for some motivation with a new head coach coming on board for Baylor, but we still like the position and consistency of this Boise State squad. Take the Broncos to come through as they win and cover the spread.
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