Last season Boise State powered its way to a 10-2 regular-season record on the shoulders of its blue-collar work ethic. Not every game was pretty, but the Broncos certainly showed a fair amount of grit as they pulled off some very challenging close games.
The 2012 defense was a big reason the Broncos did as well as they did, especially early. However, in 2013 the mirror image might be what head coach Chris Petersen is peering into.
With a decent offense returning for the Broncos in 2013, the defense seems to be the one with unanswered questions as the season approaches.
With the loss of several key starters to graduation, including the two best cornerbacks in Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins, and both of its starting linebackers in J.C. Percy and Tommy Smith, the Broncos were already facing an uphill battle.
Add to all of that the loss of star defensive end Sam Ukwuachu who transferred to Baylor after being dismissed from the Broncos for an unspecified team rules violation, and you have quite the rebuilding project for Boise State.
However, they had an even bigger task of rebuilding in 2012, and that seemed to work out just fine.
In 2013, Boise State will look to re-establish its offensive fire power. It has the talent to do it and the coaching staff to make it happen. The Broncos may struggle in a few areas, but overall they seem to be in good shape for another Mountain West Conference title run.
Let's rank each position group going into the 2013 season and try to determine the greatest strengths and weaknesses of the Boise State Broncos.