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Bring the Mississippi Molasses
You have probably heard the old saying, "slower than molasses," or "slower than molasses in January." Well, Southern Miss will need to bring a big bucket of Mississippi molasses with them if they want to have a chance against these Broncos.
That molasses, of course will have to come in the form of sticky, stingy defense.
Last week, the Boise State offense moved the ball effectively against Fresno State, amassing 561 yards of total offense and running 100 offensive plays in the game.
To have a chance against Boise State, the Golden Eagles will need to find a way to slow down Joe Southwick and company.
It won't be easy, but it would start with shutting down the running game and getting pressure on Southwick. If they can do those two things, they have a chance.
Serve Up Some Fresh Fumblia
The third thing the defense will need to do is force turnovers.
It cost Boise big time against the Bulldogs, and to have a shot at an upset, Southern Miss will need to have some takeaways.
Boise State running back Jay Ajayi has found himself in quite a pickle. He has fumbled in the red zone twice this season, and it got him yanked from the game Friday.
True freshman Aaron Baltazar did good in his replacement of Ajayi, but Boise State needs both of them as they continue this season.
As nervous as Ajayi might be, the Golden Eagles will, no doubt, be gunning for stripping the ball from his grip. If that happens, it could help reverse points and neutralize Ajayi, who would probably get pulled quickly.
Forgo Southern Hospitality
Although not hosting this game, to win, the Golden Eagles will need to play this game with a serious chip on their shoulder and forgo all niceties.
They will need to be aggressive and fearless, as they take on the Broncos in Bronco Stadium.
They did some of that against Arkansas last week, but they will need to raise the bar even higher this week to beat Boise State.