Boise State has not lost two games in a season since 2007, but the Broncos are in serious danger of having the worst start in years.
After losing quarterback Kellen Moore and running back Doug Martin to the NFL, Boise State is left with an offense devoid of experience. There is some talent, but it will take a while for the new players to reach the level of their predecessors.
Junior quarterback Joe Southwick struggled against Michigan State. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw an interception while the offense was only able to muster 13 points.
He did not get any help from his running backs either. Southwick led the team with 18 rushing yards, while the rest of the team combined for 19 yards on 20 carries.
Michigan State has a good defense, but this is not a good sign of things to come.
What makes matters worse is that these are not young players that should improve over time. Running back D.J. Harper is a sixth-year senior who only managed eight yards on 15 carries in Week 1. Southwick has done well in limited playing time over the last two years, but he looked far from experienced against the Spartans.
Fortunately, there was some good to take away from the Michigan State loss. The defense held Boise State to 17 points despite allowing 210 yards to Le'Veon Bell. Even the run defense is not as bad as it seems as it took 44 carries for Bell to reach that mark.
Miami also does not have enough of a run game to expose the front line of the Broncos. In two games, the Red Hawks have averaged only 2.1 yards per carry.
However, Zac Dysert is a real threat at quarterback. He has totaled 529 yards on the season, including 303 yards against Ohio State. The Boise State secondary better be on top of its game to take care of business on Saturday.
The team has had 16 days since the last game, so there has been plenty of practice time to improve. Unfortunately, the offense will need to make big strides in order to get the season back on the right track.
It all depends on Joe Southwick. He needs to show his team he can take over for Kellen Moore and be an effective leader at quarterback. Until that happens, this squad will not remind anyone of the Boise State teams that won 50 games over the past four years.
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