Returning Starters – Offense: 8 Defense: 8
Preview: Boise State continues to churn out great campaigns as the Broncos went 12-2 last season including an impressive 38-30 win over Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl. Boise State fell off the map a bit in 2014 after starting 3-2 with losses coming against Ole Miss and Air Force, but they closed the season on a 9 game winning streak. Boise State will compete towards the top of the MWC again this year as they return 16 starters to a rock solid program.
There is some worry for Boise State as they need to replace both their starting QB and RB from last season and both Hedrick and Ajayi will be tough to replace. The decision on replacements won’t be made right away and right now it looks like former backup QB Finley could take over under center with RB going to more of a committee position this season. The rest of the offense is loaded with returning talent along the line and at the receiver positions.
Boise State showed potential on the defensive end at times last season and with 8 returning starters this unit is expected to take a step forward this season. Last year the Broncos frequently gave up the big play, but with more continuity with a veteran unit this is expected to be less of an issue in 2015. The headliners of the defense include CB Deayon who grabbed 6 picks in 2014, Thompson who grabbed 7 picks in 2014, and sack leader Correa.
Prediction: Boise State is expected to compete for the MWC title again in 2015 and the Broncos have a shot at the playoff potentially if they open the season with win over Washington and BYU paired with running the table. It’ll be a lot of fun with Washington coming to town in week one as former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen tries to beat his former team. It isn’t the easiest schedule, but if Boise State can go 4-0 through their nonconference a perfect regular season will on the table.
Projected Record: 10-2 (7-1)