Dominant Boise State Puts Blow Behind Them, Focuses on Pummeling Miami-Ohio

Zachary Ball@MLBDraftCntdwnAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2009

BOISE , ID - SEPTEMBER 13:  D.J. Harper #6 of the Boise State Broncos runs with the ball against the Bowling Green Falcons at Bronco Stadium on September 13, 2008 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Less than a week after the Broncos put a serious hurt on the Oregon Ducks, it's becoming obvious that the 19-8 drubbing will be more known for the right hook LeGarrette Blount threw, than the Broncos victory. Much like the 2006 Fiesta Bowl performance, the Broncos dominating style of play has been overlooked due to an end of the game event (i.e. Hook and Ladder, Statue of Liberty, Ian Johnson proposal).Ā 

Luckily, the Bronco players welcome a soft Miami of Ohio team to the blue turf this week, and can do their best to take out some of their frustration on the poor Redhawks. Also luckily, it can't get much worse for the Hawks, who lost a tight one, 42-0 to the Kentucky Wildcats last weekend. Or can it?

The Broncos just about ran all over, under, and through a porous Ducks defense last Thursday, and you can expect more of the same this Saturday. Offensive wiz Bryan Harsin has established that the Broncos are going to run the ball until their opponent shows they can stop it.

That said, expect a big helping of Jeremy Avery and D.J. Harper this weekend, as well as some backfield looks for Titus Young, Doug Martin and possibly even Michael Choate.

By the way, did I mention that Kentucky ran for 245 yards against the Redhawks, for an average of five yards per carry?Ā 

My only concern about this game is that the Broncos commitment to running the ball might not enable the Broncos receivers and star QB Kellen Moore to stay as sharp as they want to be heading into next weeks game at Fresno State, who looked pretty sharp in a 51-0 rout of U.C. Davis (yeah, I know...it's UC Davis).Ā 

Fresno also might have the advantage of hosting Boise after coming off a strong victory over a very weak Wisconsin team who they travel to play this weekend.Ā 

All that said, I don't expect the Boise-Miami game to be all that close, something like a 45-10 score, but I just hope Harsin keeps the Broncos passing attack sharp enough to keep them hungry for next weeks game, which could potentially be the second biggest game on their schedule if Nevada's performance against Notre Dame is any indication of where their season is headed.


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