For many years, the Bronco football motto has simply been: achieve 1-0 every week! Every week is as important as the last, and the preparation must be adequate to each situation.
Against the Aztecs last week, the focus was on shutting down a ranked opponent and celebrating in victory. That’s exactly what happened…
Now, the Broncos must clear their heads and shift their focus to the next opponent.
As the Broncos return home for their match up with the Cowboys, they start their own mini revenge series. Part of last season involved two difficult road losses. The first shot at retribution, this year, comes against Wyoming.
No matter the feeling of revenge, the Broncos need to keep their motto. The goal is going 1-0 vs. the Cowboys.
If the Broncos execute the following aspects, they could take down the Cowboys:
Take Away the Bread and Butter: Coming into the game against the Broncos, the Cowboys offensive production rests in the passing game. It all starts with senior quarterback Josh Allen. Allen, though mobile, can throw on the run; many of his touchdowns came from his ability to scramble and throw.
In a recent interview with Blue Turf Sports, junior STUD Jabril Frazier mentioned the physical presence of Josh Allen. He said, “First of all, Josh Allen is an amazing quarterback, he has an arm if you haven’t seen that yet, he’s a big quarterback, 6’5″ 240 pounds… We just have to get after him.” Containing him will be a priority for the Bronco defense.
The work on the defensive line will also be key again for the Broncos. The week prior, the defensive line produced chaos for SDSU quarterback Christian Chapman. If they can produce the same quality of havoc, while making the necessary adjustments, Wyoming’s offense could be in trouble.
Ball Security: One of the major factors in the Broncos win against the Aztecs was the turnover margin. While producing one of their own defensively, the Bronco offense did not have any. Thus, it will be crucial to cause the Wyoming offense to stumble, but maintain perfection on offense.
Focus on all 11: Last week, the major goal was shutting down Reshaad Penny, but also accounting for the other 10 players on the field. This week, the Broncos are tasked with the same priority.
Before the beginning of the season, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen was projected as a 2018 first round draft pick. Thus, the commotion has been mostly centered on him. However, a football team is not made up of one star. It’s about a collection of individuals fighting against the opposition. The Broncos need to simply play assignment football and account for everyone.
For the Cowboys, they boast a company of underclassman running backs. True freshman Trey Woods and sophomore Kellen Overstreet take the majority of the snaps. Even though they are young, the defense must contain their ability to bounce outside.
The Cowboys also boast two young 200+ yard receivers in Austin Conway and C.J. Johnson. Allen has many options to choose from in both modes of the offense. Keeping it all accounted for will be key for Andy Avalos and the Bronco defense.
Don’t get ahead of the ultimate goal- It’s easy for players to get caught up in the emotion of the game. It’s even easier to bask in the glory of the previous week. Sometimes certain games mean more, and the weight, anxiety, and adrenaline can be difficult to control. However, the Broncos need to keep their poise. The Cowboys are 4-2 (2-0 in the MWC), and most recently beat the Aggies of Utah State. If they look to beat the Cowboys the goal needs to remain the same from the opening kickoff to the final horn: 1-0.
The Fashion Announcement for the Game
Boise State football handle released this tweet regarding apparel for the game:
Our game vs. Wyoming is 3 days away, but it's never too early to get your Boise State colors ready!
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) October 18, 2017
They also released the player uniform combination:
The Broncos will rock the All-Blue look Saturday night against Wyoming! #BleedBlue
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) October 20, 2017