Boise State Football: The State of the Program After the 2013 Season

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Boise State Football: The State of the Program After the 2013 Season
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The 2013 college football season was not business as usual for the Boise State Broncos.

In fact, the first game of the season would prove to be an ominous warning of things to come. The Broncos suffered their biggest loss under then-head coach Chris Petersen when they were beaten soundly on national television by the Washington Huskies 38-6.

Of course, an even bigger loss to the Huskies would come after the regular season, as Petersen would leave Bronco Nation and become the head man at Washington.

The season wasn't without some success however, as many programs would love to finish 8-4 overall. Boise State had wins over Mountain West Conference rivals Air Force, Utah State and Nevada.

Still, it was those four road losses against Washington, eventual Mountain West champion Fresno State, BYU and for the second year in a row, San Diego State, that put the Boise program in a bit of tailspin.

As Bronco Nation turns the page to 2014, it will be very interesting to see how its team rebounds after struggling in 2013. The biggest question, of course, will be how the entire program does in the post-Petersen era.

With the news being reported by the Idaho Statesman that Boise State has hired former BSU offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin away from Arkansas State to be the Broncos newest head coach, it appears that the team is going to be in good hands.

Harsin was the OC from 2006-2010 at Boise, and under his leadership the offense was innovative, exciting and part of an incredible 61-5 overall record.

Boise State fans have a lot to be excited about going into 2014, but those emotions will be slow in coming for some who are not over the shock of losing Petersen.

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