Boise State will try to bounce back from their most lopsided defeat in the Chris Petersen era as they host Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.
In Week 1, the Broncos made the trip to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies and were dismantled 38-6. The Broncos must now lick their wounds and quickly try to get back to playing elite football.
They should have few problems doing that in this matchup. Tennessee-Martin doesn't have the talent to match Boise State. However, the Skyhawks did post a 31-21 win in their opener over Chatanooga.
When: Saturday, September 7 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Live Stream: ESPN 3
Spread: Boise State -35 (According to Covers.com)
Tennessee-Martin Injuries (via USA Today)
Boise State Injuries (via USA Today)
Tutulupeatau Mataele, DE, Questionable, (Academics)
Jonathan Brown, NT, Out (Knee)
Kyle Sosnowski, TE, Out (Knee)
Chanceller James, S, Out for Season (Leg)
Key Storyline: Can Boise State's Secondary Turn It Around?
For the past two seasons, the Broncos secondary has been the glue of this team. However, after losing cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins, the Broncos were full of holes against the Huskies.
In that game, the Broncos secondary was slashed as Keith Price threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns. While this does not bode well for the Broncos' secondary, it's not the end of the world.
Price is a supremely talented quarterback and Boise State's secondary should make strides as that group gets more game time together.
However, if that secondary is victimized in this game, it will be time to start worrying.
Prediction: Boise State 31, Tennessee-Martin 13
The Skyhawks might be nearly as upset about Boise State's blowout loss in the opener as the Broncos themselves.
Tennessee-Martin is now going to face a grumpy group of Broncos looking to take out their frustrations on a lesser opponent. That is bad news for the Skyhawks.
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