You can't really blame the Broncos for this one, but we'll try anyway.
The season opener against Georgia seemed like a big-time matchup when it was first scheduled. After all, you had two BCS participants ready to lock horns, and a win would go a long way for either team.
Now, after Georgia posted their first losing season in nearly two decades in 2010, the game provides much more upside of Georgia and much more downside for Boise State.
As it turns out, Boise State should be favored in this game, as the Broncos begin their 2011 campaign as the preseason No. 7 team in the nation. Georgia enters as the No. 22 team, riding their name credibility and the potential of some young stars more than anything else.
After the trip to face Georgia at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the Broncos take a week off before traveling to Toledo to take on the MAC favorite for 2011. Visits from Tulsa and a depleted Nevada are next before a trip to Fresno State round out the non-conference portion of Boise State's schedule.
The Mountain West doesn't exactly provide much in the way of resistance for a team of Boise State's caliber. Colorado State, UNLV, Wyoming and New Mexico should all be easy wins for the Broncos. We'll also add in San Diego State to that mix, and Boise is sure to have a grudge against the Aztecs and their coach, after throwing a teenage girl-esque hissy fit about Boise State's signature blue turn when they joined the conference. SDSU's new head coach even wanted the MWC to order Boise State to replace the turf with a green surface! Don't think Boise would be in the MWC for long if that were to happen.
As it stands, Boise State won't be allowed to wear blue uniforms at home this season, partly due to SDSU's whining. Maybe Colorado State shouldn't be allowed to wear green. Just a thought.
The big match up everyone was looking forward to—TCU at Boise State—probably won't amount to the giant showdown everyone was expecting. TCU was decimated by graduation losses after their impressive Rose Bowl victory last season, and the Horned Frogs probably won't be able to manifest the type of game a national television audience will be looking for.
The Broncos are a very safe bet to win a conference championship in their first MWC season, and if they get past Georgia, as expected, their weak schedule could have them headed for a 12-0 regular season.