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Predicting The Broncos’ Season

Last Year’s Predictions

Last year many predicted an undefeated season. Personally I have a head and heart approach. My head is more pragmatic, whereas my heart says ‘hope springs eternal.’

Thus, last year my heart saw the Broncos undefeated and winning the National Championship. My head told me at the very least the Broncos regular season might be 7 – 5.

It was felt Florida State would be a loss along with Marshall. Air Force—well we know that history. Also, I expected Wyoming to be a loss as well as Utah State. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect BYU to hand the Broncos a defeat. This all shows a person what predictions are really worth–zippo.

Last season can be chalked up to good coaching and over achievement. Likely for those who like to blame everything on coaching that’s hard to swallow. But it’s true; when your best offensive producers are a freshman quarterback (Hank Bachmeier) and a freshman running back (George Holani) it has to be a combination of coaching and playing above expectation.

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This Year’s Predictions

Let’s start with the heart. Okay, another National Championship pennant to hang in old Boise State’s Amazon Stadium (Jeff Bezos paid 500 million to rename the stadium).

Everybody with a brain wave and pulse of a turtle is predicting at least a ten-win season for the Broncos. Although assessing many of the prognosticators, the feeling is if the Broncos make it unscathed through September, they stand a good chance of going undefeated.

I’m stalling.

The possible defeats in September may be Air Force, Florida State, and Marshall. Those will be competitive contests.

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More stalling.

For the rest of the season, the concern is nearly unanimous for the BYU and Wyoming games. Again, those will be tough matches.

Okay, here it is, no more stalling; what I have been trying to avoid—a prediction. My heart undefeated and my head, 13 and 1.

Here is my conclusion; Boise State will be the favored team in every game this year. The problem with going undefeated is that it’s near impossible. Skill is not only required but some luck as well.


About Kenton Lewis

Kenton lives in Boise. He is the former publisher of the Boise State sports site, Smurf Turf; writing exclusively about Broncos football and basketball. He is also a novelist and short story writer.

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