Boise State’s trip to the islands to play Hawaii Saturday is less about the Warriors than it is about the Broncos. Boise State needs to find its missing offense, younger players need to step up to fill the shoes of injured or suspended Broncos, and the team certainly needs to rebound after the upset at the hands of San Diego State.
Sure, it’s a Mountain West Conference game, but the Warriors are struggling and sit at 0-5 in Mountain West Conference Play and 1-7 overall. According to ESPN, the team ranks No. 104 in the nation in passing yards per game, No. 109 in rushing yards, No. 107 in points scored per game and No. 122 in points allowed. Ouch.
The Warriors’ only win was a 52-2 thrashing of Lamar back in September.
The Broncos, on the other hand, lost more than the game against the Aztecs. They dropped from the rankings (expected), are no longer leading the conference standings, lost a key player and misplaced the offense in the second half. Some of those things can’t be changed, but the last item on that list—the MIA offense—needs to be found and in a hurry.
On paper, this game is a huge mismatch. Boise State should win this game handily, but what is at stake is much more than a win. Boise State is struggling to find itself offensively, and while the defense has played well, it has been riddled with injuries to starters and suspensions.
This game almost goes from the category of must-win to must-perform. With that in mind, here are some of the keys to the game at Hawaii.