Boise State opened the season once again against a highly-ranked, difficult opponent from a major college football conference. In the previous three season openers, the Broncos have taken down No.16 Oregon in 2009, No. 6 Virginia Tech in 2010 and No.19 Georgia last season.
However, 2012 would not bring the same kind of success the BCS-busting Broncos are accustomed to.
Michigan State was ranked No.13 going into Friday night's contest and touting the lofty goals of a Big Ten championship and subsequent Rose Bowl. It may just achieve those dreams this season.
It was a hard-fought, tough, sloppy but exciting game in East Lansing. Boise State came to play, but Michigan State was all about protecting its house. In the end, the Spartans took the victory, 17-13, leaving Boise State with a losing record at 0-1.
When was the last time the Broncos had a losing record?
Answer: The last time they faced a No.13 ranked opponent from a major conference.
In 2005, the Broncos went to Georgia and came home 0-1 after being thoroughly thumped by the Bulldogs 48-14. Boise State then went on to lose its second game that same season to Oregon State, 27-30, but most fans who remember that game know that a very controversial call gave the Beavers the win.
Boise State finished that season 9-4 after losing to Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl.
So, how will the Broncos respond to this year's disappointment? Will they rebound against Miami Ohio? Let's look at what we learned from the Michigan State game and what it might mean for the rest of the 2012 season.