Boise State finished the 2012 college football season ranked No. 12 in total defense, according to the NCAA.com website.
Last year, the once powerful offensive machine of the Broncos struggled, and it was the highly ranked defense that carried the day. In 2013, the Boise State offense looks to be much better, and it should put up numbers more resembling a Chris Petersen team.
However, this season it is the defense that has the most question marks heading into fall. With only four starters returning and a large group of young, untested players lining the roster, there are many unknowns for Boise State on the defensive side of the ball.
This might be a major concern for most teams, but for Boise State it seems to be business as usual.
Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski along with the other defensive coaches at Boise have been building elite defenses for years. So, why should 2013 be any different? Last season the Broncos had to replace even more starters than this season, and yet it had one of the best defenses in the nation.
In 2013, even with the loss of some key players, the talent pool looks to be larger than last year. That bodes well for history to repeat itself.
Of course, there are several factors that determine how good a defense will be, and Boise State has proven consistent in several areas. The team will need to continue those key elements as well as some team specific issues this season if it wants to continue the dominance.
Let's dive in and take a deeper look at what the Broncos will need to do in 2013 to continue to be one of the top defenses in the land.