With so many pieces returning on the offensive end for Boise State, it isn’t difficult to argue that Joe Southwick and Co. will be Chris Petersen’s strongest asset in 2013.
But while the Broncos could have a potent offense much earlier in the season than when the offense came alive in 2012, the addition of several teams from the now-defunct WAC bring added defensive challenges.
In other words, the Broncos might be better on offense this season, but the competition will also be better on defense.
To help drive that point home, a list compiling the top five defenses that could give Boise State trouble this coming season has been created. The list not only takes into account the projected strength of a defense for 2013 but also last season’s results as well as coaching factors.
The Mountain West isn’t typically known for its lockdown defensive play, but in the case of the Broncos, these five teams pose a real threat on that side of the ball.
Here are those five teams, starting with an old WAC rival.