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The once high-powered Boise State offense has taken a considerable amount of criticism this season because of their lack of production. Fair or not, new offensive coordinator Robert Prince has been the target of many of those critiques.
However, when you look at the job Prince has done, it really isn't all that bad. In fact, a closer look reveals that he is doing a solid job with the challenges presented to him.
Yes, the Broncos are only averaging 25.2 points per game. Yes, the quarterback play has not been what Boise State fans are used to.
Still, Boise State is 5-1 and they are finding ways to win.
As far as players go, quarterback Joe Southwick has been the most criticized. Although his stats haven't been that bad for a first-time starting quarterback, every Bronco fan knows how high the bar was set by Kellen Moore. So, deserving or not, many fans continually compare Southwick to what used to be.
That's like comparing an old boyfriend or girlfriend to the current one. Sure it might make you feel better for a moment, but it really doesn't help the situation. In fact, it probably hurts the relationship quite a bit.
In the case of football, the fan base of Boise State is used to winning—and winning big. Now that the Broncos are simply winning, some in that fanbase are not happy at all.
We have all seen that kid in the candy isle at the store—screaming, demanding, stomping their feet and falling to ground simply because a parent won't buy them what they want.
What did you think of that child? Exactly.
There is nothing wrong with criticizing a football team or its players, but there is a tasteful way to do it. In fact, part of what makes Bronco Nation so great is the high expectations of the coaches, players, administration and the fanbase.
In saying all of that, let's get to the grades.