Boise State sets their eyes on Round Two against Fresno State

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For the Broncos, the goal every season is making it to the Mountain West Championship.

This season the Broncos “took care of business” going 7-1 in conference play. Thus, they have earned the right to represent the Mountain division in the conference game.

As of Sunday, November 26th, the Broncos learned they would be hosting the game .

Accepting the challenge of traveling to Boise, and taking on the Broncos, will be the Bulldogs from Fresno State.It will be a rematch of the previous week that saw the Bulldogs on top, 28-17.

The lights will be bright, the stage will be set, and a winner of the Mountain West Conference will be crowned.

Fresno State Round 2

For the Broncos, a quick turn around against the Bulldogs will be necessary to achieve their ultimate team goal.

This game will also be a sort of “round 2” for both schools as they played against each other in the 2014 championship game.

In that game, the Broncos started off fast and held the lead down the stretch. Final: 28-14

This time around, the setting is the same, but the feeling is different. Much like this season, the Broncos played the Bulldogs previously in 2014. However, the Broncos won that game in mid-October 37-27.

This season might be different, but the attitude is the same: “Business as Usual.”

Keys to the Game

Typically, creating the key elements to any football game is a process of looking at the previous season, and working it into the present play of the team.

In round two against the Bulldogs, the keys to the game will reflect the direct play of the previous week.

If the Broncos achieve these concepts of the game, they very well could be wearing championship hats at the end of the night:

The Turnover Battle

Coming into this season, one of the necessary improvements was increasing the number of takeaways.

Last season the Broncos only produced 9 turnovers. This season the Broncos already have 21 of them to their name.

One of the major issues in the first matchup with the Bulldogs was the Broncos inability to cause any turnovers. In the same regard, however, Fresno State didn’t produce any either.

However, the Broncos are much better when they produce turnovers. When producing 2 or more turnovers this season, the Broncos are 7-1.

*The one loss was a road contest against Washington State. The Broncos produced 3 turnovers.

The most notable turnover, created by the Bronco defense, might just be the fumble in overtime against Colorado State. The fumble was caused by recent Mountain West Defensive Player of the year recipient Leighton Vander Esch.

That turnover ultimately ended the game, giving the Broncos an overall record of 8-2.

In the previous two home games this season, the Broncos produced 3 turnovers in each of them. With a margin of 6 produced to none given, the Broncos proved they must win the turnover battle.

*The Broncos also produced 3 turnovers in the 2014 Mountain West Championship. Maybe it’s the magic number…

Finishing Drives

An odd stat line for the Broncos this season- 2/16 on 4th down conversions.

That stat ranks last (129th) in all of division 1 football.

In the first game against the Bulldogs, the Broncos did not convert when they needed roughly a foot.

In his recent interview with the press, Harsin gave his input on the attempted fourth down conversions this season. “When you’re that pathetic on 4th down… it just comes down to making plays.”

For the Broncos it will be key to make these critical plays.

Game Prediction

Boise State 28- Fresno State 14

What’s your prediction Bronco Nation? 


About Darrek Harris

Darrek Harris
Darrek was born and raised in Boise, ID. Currently, he has an associates degree in English from the College of Western Idaho. He plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He enjoys sports in many fashions: playing, cheering, and coaching. Bleed Blue, Go Broncos, Amen!

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