Boise State hosts Southern Miss on Saturday after suffering a heartbreaking 41-40 loss to Fresno State last week.
The Broncos (2-2) compiled 561 total yards of offense in the loss, but also allowed 522 total yards while committing two turnovers.
Southern Miss (0-3) has had an ugly start to its 2013 campaign, losing to Texas State and getting blown out by both Nebraska and Arkansas.
The Golden Eagles rank 102nd in the country in average points allowed and 122nd in average points scored. FYI, there are 125 FBS teams in the country.
Will Boise State suffer a letdown on Saturday in Idaho?
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10:15 p.m. ET
Where: Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Boise State -27.5
Southern Miss Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: CB Deron Wilson (Foot)
Questionable: WR Ricky Bradley (Undisclosed), DT Adam Williams (Undisclosed)
Boise State Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: LB Jonathan Brown (Knee)
Top Storyline: Boise State Defense Reeling in 2013
Boise State ranked eighth in the nation in points allowed per game last season, but the Broncos rank 78th in that category this season.
Boise State, which lost cornerback Jamar Taylor and five other defensive starters in the offseason, allowed Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr to explode for 460 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 41-40 loss last week. That included allowing the Bulldogs to march 87 yards downfield for the winning touchdown with 2:14 remaining.
The Broncos will likely be good enough defensively to beat Southern Miss on Saturday, but it's all about improving from week to week at this point.
Prediction: Boise State 38, Southern Miss 13
How bad is Southern Miss?
Well, the Golden Eagles lost their 15th straight game last week and rank among the bottom 25 in the nation on offense and defense. They're also ranked 117th in the Massey Ratings, a composite of rankings from across the country.
They are a bad football team, and I don't mean they are tough.
Boise State has its issues defensively this season, but the Broncos held Air Force to 20 points. There's no reason why they can't do better against Southern Miss.
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