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Boise State: Broncos' Season-Opening Loss to Spartans Will Be Their Last

EAST LANSING, MI - AUGUST 31: Joe Southwick #16 of the Boise State Broncos talks with one of his coaches on the sideline while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on August, 2010 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 17-13. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2012

A season-opening loss for any program in college football is normally a devastating event, but in Boise State's case, it isn't that big of a deal.

There is a very realistic scenario that could see Boise St. running the table, making their loss to the Michigan State Spartans their only loss of the season.

Looking at their schedule, the Broncos' highest-ranked opponent this season is the Spartans, and beyond that, the competition doesn't figure to get any tougher.

It's safe to say that Boise St. should have no problem defeating their remaining opponents with the likes of Miami (OH), UNLV, BYU and Hawaii left to play to name a few. None of those teams will give the Broncos problems like the Spartans did on either side of the ball.

The Broncos offense was downright dreadful in Boise State's first game of the year, a fact that could be attributed to something as simple as a bad start to the season.

Quarterback Joe Southwick didn't look so hot in his first game as the starter for the Broncos. He failed to complete 50 percent of his passes and couldn't get his team in the end zone, not to mention the pick he threw.

The Broncos' only touchdown came from an interception return that was taken to the house.

Boise State's rushing attack was also non-existent in the first game. Southwick was the Broncos' top rusher, and that is never a good sign.

D.J. Harper carried the ball 15 times for a pitiful eight yards in the contest, and that is something that must and will change. In all, the Broncos' ground game was only able to muster up 1.5 yards per carry.

This team might not be as explosive as last year's version, but the Broncos are far too talented to play like this the rest of the way.

With more time to gel and get their feet under them, the Broncos offense should improve drastically as the season moves along. If that happens, there's no reason why Boise St. can't win the rest of their games and finish the season with only one loss.

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