Anyone that watched the Boise State-Michigan State game on Friday probably had to pinch themselves. No, not in that “these guys are amazing…are we sure this is Boise State?” kind of way. Rather in the disbelief that the Bronco offense could play so poorly and yet the Broncos still almost won the game.
Boise State had 206 yards of total offense. According to an Idaho Statesman story, that is the lowest offensive output since Chris Petersen first joined the BSU coaching staff back in 2001. The Bronco offense also failed to score a touchdown—something that has not happened since 1997.
It was pretty ugly. Sure, the Broncos graduated a lot of fine football players, but then every team graduates players every year. There were veterans coming back and experience at virtually every position.
Face it, the Broncos didn’t play well. The Broncos have been ranked for 62 straight polling weeks. Bronco fans can expect that streak to be broken. The Broncos didn’t lose by much to a Top 15 team, but they sure didn’t look all that great doing it. That will speak to the pollsters; it won’t matter that BSU covered the point spread, or could have won. What will matter is that the offense stumbled in East Lansing and the Bronco football team that took on the Spartans was a far cry from teams of the past.
The BSU coaches have their work cut out for them. Here, though, are some of the take-aways a couple of days removed from the loss.