The Boise State football program hasn't been in this position since the spring of 2006. In that year, the Broncos were coming off of a disappointing 9-4 2005 season, which included a heartbreaking loss to Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl.
The Broncos also lost their head coach when Dan Hawkins decided to take the University of Colorado job. It was at that time when Chris Petersen was promoted to become the next head coach.
Boise State fans were nervous at what would happen to their highly successful program without Hawkins, but many knew that promoting an offensive coordinator like Petersen was a good move.
Of course, no one knew just how good it would be.
In 2006, as a first-year head coach, Petersen took his team to new heights. The team went undefeated, and then beat mighty Oklahoma in a Fiesta Bowl that people still talk about.
Of course, Petersen didn't do it alone, he had some very talented coaches and players by his side. One of those coaches was a young offensive coordinator named Bryan Harsin.
While no one is predicting a repeat of 2006, new head coach Harsin is poised to have a very good first season. The talent is thick on the roster, and he has surrounded himself with incredible assistant coaches.
The 2014 schedule is also favorable for Boise State, but there are some big challenges facing Harsin and his team.
Let's look closer at that schedule in an effort to determine the five most challenging games the Broncos will face in the coming season.