Boise State almost did it again. However, this year it was not to be.
The fourth quarter of the Broncos opening game saw a slim 13-10 lead over No.13 Michigan State fade away down the stretch. This was, of course, caused by the powerful legs of Le'Veon Bell and Michigan State's relentless rushing attack.
The hard thing for fans now is that the Broncos have a bye week. However, Chris Petersen is probably happy to have the extra week to tweak some things and prepare for Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15.
The Michigan State game was a tough game that was sloppy at times, but it proved that the Broncos are going to be very difficult to beat once again this season. The offense was stifled, but they were playing one of the best defenses in the nation—with a new quarterback.
Expect the Bronco offense to rebound in a big way against Miami (Ohio).
The defense was a mixed bag.
On one hand, the secondary played outstanding. On the other hand, the front four and linebackers had trouble tackling Bell for most of the game. Of course, when you look at Bell's size and speed, you can understand. But, don't expect coach Petersen to let his boys use that excuse.
There were several players who looked good on Friday, but there can only be three that make the players of the week list. Let's look at those, and what they accomplished.