It is no secret in the college football world that Boise State is struggling on offense.
In three games this season, the Broncos have been held without a single offensive touchdown in two of those contests.
The only variation from that pattern exists in the home game versus Miami (Ohio). Against Michigan State, the Broncos were held to only field goals and a defensive touchdown, and against BYU they could only muster a defensive score.
So what is the difference?
Well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. The difference is the quality of the opposing defense.
With all do respect to the RedHawks, they are 94th in the nation in points against, and they have allowed 56, 30, 27 and the Broncos' 39 against them this season.
Michigan State, on the other hand, has allowed just seven, 20, seven and the Broncos' 13 points against them this season. They are the 11th-ranked defense when it comes to scoring against, not to mention they are big, physical and brutal up front.
BYU is also very physical, and they are ranked 13th in scoring against the defense at 12.5 points per contest.
These defenses are by far the best Boise State faces all year, and that could bode well for their new quarterback and the offensive success of the Broncos.
The next two weeks of the season will be absolutely crucial to Boise State in correcting what ails them on the offensive side of ball. If they can do it, the rest of the year could go very well.
If they don't, there are teams on the schedule that could give them trouble.
Let's look at five reasons the Broncos should be able to step it up on offense over the next two weeks of the season.