Boise State will look to start their Mountain West Conference slate off on the right foot Saturday against New Mexico.
The Broncos are 2-1 and currently ranked No. 24 in the country. Their offense is a far cry from last year's dynamic attack, but they're still dangerous with Chris Petersen running the show.
New Mexico is 2-2 and shouldn't provide much of a test, but crazier things have happened.
Let's preview this game from top to bottom.
Where: University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
When: Saturday, September 29 at 6 p.m. ET
Watch: KTVB (Boise State local affiliate)
Radio:Bronco Radio Network
Betting Line: Boise State (-26.5) according to covers.com
Who Might Not Play for Boise State (according to USAToday.com)
S Taylor Loffler - Knee - Out for Season
WR Geraldo Boldewijn - Ineligible - Out
Who Might Not Play for New Mexico (according to USAToday.com)
DL Fatu Ulale - Eligibility - Probable
S Matt Raymer - Undisclosed - Questionable
DB Freddy Young - Undisclosed - Questionable
QB David Vega - Suspended - Out Indefinitely
BCS/Top 25 Implications
Boise State would like to start their Mountain West schedule off on the right foot, but they aren't going to be in BCS contention at the end of the year.
The Broncos are currently ranked No. 24. A win over the Lobos wouldn't do much to increase their standing, but a loss would certainly drop them from the Top 25.
At 2-2, New Mexico is just trying to win for their pride's sake.
What They’re Saying
Boise State coach Chris Petersen spoke to The Associated Press (via CBS Sports) about his offensive struggles this season. The Broncos are scoring less than 20 points per game, a far cry from their normally prolific attack:
"I know people want us to fire guys, get new players and new coaches, but that's not what this is about. I'm convinced everyone wants to panic, wants us to yell and scream at one side of the ball. That's the last thing that's going to happen around here."
It's certainly a change of pace. With Kellen Moore no longer behind center, Joe Southwick and company have struggled to get anything going at times.
New Mexico provides an easy opportunity for the Broncos' attack to get back on track.
Who to Watch, Boise State: Joe Southwick, QB
Southwick has 618 yards and two touchdowns this season, but he's also thrown two interceptions.
Following in Moore's footsteps can't be easy, and he's under a high-powered microscope because of it. Look for the Boise State signal-caller to take his game to the next level against New Mexico. The Lobos' secondary isn't strong, and this is a chance for him to get on the right track.
Who to Watch, New Mexico: Kasey Carrier, RB
Carrier has 192 rushing yards on 37 carries this season. He only has one touchdown, but his 5.2 yards per carry is necessary on a struggling offense.
The Lobos have struggled to score against better defenses. If they want to put up points against Boise, Carrier’s production will be key. He’s undersized, but his speed makes up the difference.
Prediction: Boise State 44, New Mexico 17
The Broncos have struggled at times this season, but this game shouldn’t be a problem. Take the spread, pick the Broncos and watch this team score some points for a change.
Don’t expect Boise State to make a triumphant charge up the Top 25 rankings, but this is a game they can win.