It has been nearly two weeks since Boise State's football team took the field against an opponent. Since that time there have been words, opinions, discussions and a surprising amount of criticism flowing in the wind around Broncoland.
Losing a big-game opener is something the team, coaches and fans aren't used to, but it is something the team seems to be handling much better than the fan base. Local radio programs, blogs and water cooler talk seems to be angled toward what went wrong and whom to blame.
The team on the other hand, has been hard at work preparing for Miami of Ohio, and from coach Petersen to his players, the tone seems to be much more optimistic.
The problem with having a bye week after your first game is that it allows people to define a team, its players and even its season with little to go on. Which, any true student of the sport knows, it's not wise nor is it even possible to determine how good a team is after just one contest.
There is so much that happens between a first game and a second game of any season. Adjustments, corrections, advice, position moves and a whole lot of coaching occurs in a quest to get better.
Coach Petersen has proven that he is a great coach who knows how to use every situation as a teaching moment.
Expect the Broncos to come out this week with a pocket full of lessons.
On Saturday in Bronco Stadium, the team will renew its quest to remain among the elite teams in college football. This time the Broncos take on a pesky Miami (Ohio) team with a very good quarterback.
From the outside looking in, it appears that there will be three keys for the Broncos if they want to achieve their first win of the season. Let's break it down and pick it apart.