The 2011 college football season could be Boise State's best shot at a title run. Senior quarterback Kellen Moore will have a solid offensive line and a strong running game.
The Broncos lost their top two receivers to the NFL and that could be their only question mark on offense. Having a quarterback like Moore should make life a little easier for the players looking to fill the void left by Austin Pettis and Titus Young.
The defense also looks as if it will be as strong as ever. Their defensive front should dominate most games and will be put to the test in their season opener against Georgia.
While there are many things that can go right for the Broncos, there are also many things that could go wrong, like a missed field goal or something.
Let's take a look at five worst-case scenarios that could ruin the Broncos season in 2011.
Moore is entering the season as a Heisman candidate and a preseason All-American. Losing him to injury at any point in the season would hurt the Broncos and their chances at a national title.
Even if Boise St. ran the table and went undefeated, they may not get many first-place votes because their star quarterback is gone. Keeping Moore upright and healthy will be a No. 1 priority for the Broncos.
The last time the Broncos played against Georgia they practiced with loud music and noises to replicate the sound of the Georgia crowd.
Ray Charles' song, "Georgia on My Mind" was played constantly in Boise leading up to the game. The game got ugly right away and the Broncos got smashed 48-13.
That was one of those games that even the late Ray Charles was glad he didn't see.
Losing to the Bulldogs in such a fashion would give all the Boise St. haters a reason to celebrate. If the Broncos want to get into a BCS bowl game this year, they cannot lose to the Bulldogs.
The Mountain West did the Broncos a huge favor by switching their game against TCU to Boise. It was a bit of a parting gift for the Horned Frogs since they decided to leave for the Big East in 2012.
Boise State defeated TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. That showed the world who the best non-BCS football team was.
Losing to the Horned Frogs in Boise would give TCU bragging rights for a very long time.
I'd like to ask everyone to answer the following question in the comment section: Where were you when Kyle Brotzman missed the game-winning field goal against Nevada?
This was one of those moments that Bronco fans will never forget. The Broncos must prevent upsets like that from happening in 2011.
They will be facing different conference opponents and it will be important for them to take care of business if they want to run the table.
The Broncos could find themselves in another BCS mess at the end of the season.
They could finish 12-0 and still not get into the national title game. The SEC champ would have to lose two games and everyone else would have to lose one game if Boise wants to play for the title.
Going 11-1 would most likely eliminate the Broncos from a BCS bowl game. A BCS bowl game not only gives the Broncos an opportunity to prove themselves against top competition, but it also gives them several millions of dollars to help improve their program.
Missing the title game or a BCS bowl game again because of a flawed system would be a worst-case scenario for the Broncos.
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