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QB Joe Southwick
Ever since the departure of quarterback Kellen Moore, Boise State has been off the national radar in college football.
But even without Moore, running back Doug Martin and several other players who made the Broncos such a formidable team, you could still pencil them in for the conference championship game in the Mountain West.
After all, who could possibly challenge head coach Chris Petersen and company in the Mountain Division? Utah State is a decent team, but after that, there's Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming and Air Force. With apologies to the aforementioned programs, Boise State laps each in the talent department.
After losing 38-6 to Washington to open this season, it seemed as if the Broncos would fail to regain their magic. Then they pulled it together and made it all the way to Nov. 23 with just one conference loss, a 41-40 defeat at Fresno State.
Along the way, they scored an 11-point victory at Utah State and controlled their own destiny for the conference title game. A 34-31 loss at San Diego State proved to be their ultimate undoing, however, as the once-mighty Broncos were left out of the battle for the Mountain West crown.
Petersen's squad began the season No. 19 in the AP poll, so the expectation seemed to be that even if a return to the BCS was out of the question, the Broncos would still be a quality team wreaking havoc in their non-AQ conference.
With the return of sophomore running back Jay Ajayi in 2014, don't expect the Broncos to suddenly become average. However, 2013 will always be classified as a building year that could have produced so much more.