College Football Week 1: Why Boise State Will Beat Virginia Tech
Crazier things have happened. How about George Mason's Final Four run, Butler in the national championship, the Giants beating the Patriots, and even Boise's win over Oklahoma in 2007.
There's just something magical about the Boise State Broncos. Even thinking about their win over the Sooners gives me goosebumps; I could watch those highlights all day and never get sick of it.
However, this is 2010 and the Broncos are working towards making a new memory that everyone will remember. Right now, they're in the perfect spot to make a run at the national title if they can climb the hurdle of Virginia Tech on Labor Day.
Yes that is much easier said than done, but I have no doubt in my mind that they will be ready. Boise State is always ready for the big game, as shown by the Oregon and TCU games last season.
The Oregon game is really comparable to this year's Virginia Tech game, and not just because it's the season opener. Boise's obviously not the favorite this year and they weren't last year.
The Broncos did, however, beat a team that ended up playing in the Rose Bowl. That's not an easy task, and they still didn't get credit for it.
However, the win this year definitely would get them national respect and most likely a chance to play in the BCS National Championship game.
So here's the part where I'll try to persuade you that Boise will win the game
First, I'm going to flashback to the TCU game last year. Coming into the game was an offense that 41 points a game, and was held to just 10 by the Boise State defense. The exact same defense that will be playing this year.
The Broncs return 21 of 22 starters, which means all those guys who beat a very good TCU team, and a very good Oregon team will be back. That's huge for a game early in the season like this.
Second, is Kellen Moore. He played very well in the two big games last season as well. He threw for 211 yards against TCU, a good defense, with a 60 percent completion rate and no interceptions.
As for the Oregon game, he threw for 197 yards, a touchdown, 65 percent, and again no interceptions.
The no interceptions stat is key.
If you remember back to the Oklahoma game in 2007, the way that Oklahoma got back into the game was by turnovers. They took the lead finally off of an interception thrown by Jared Zabransky.
If Moore can keep a zero in the interception category, which he has shown that he can do, the Broncos should be well off. Well, for offense at least.
On defense, they'll be going up against a tough runner in Ryan Williams, but the Broncos' defense again has shown that it can handle good running backs. Against TCU last year, the nation's fifth best rushing team, the Broncos held TCU's best runner to 22 yards.
TCU simply couldn't get the running game started, or any of its offense for that matter.
So, like I said, the Broncos will be ready to this big game. I know the Broncos don't play in a BCS conference, but they've shown that they can win against BCS talent; and not just in their two BCS wins.
The game will be a very close one, and very entertaining. However, the Broncos look like the team to beat here, with all of their talent returning.
Still, though, the game gets to be played on the field. It's going to be one for the books.
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