The first couple things that probably pop up when mentioning Air Force are:
- The Broncos are 0-3 in their last three meetings
- The Triple Option
For theory and tips on defending the triple option, check out our Film Breakdown.
For many Bronco fans, the game against the Falcons has probably been circled on the calendar since late May.
The game will take place on senior night, which, in turn, will provide the Broncos with an even stronger reason to win.
That being said, it will be tough to see at least 14 of Boise State’s finest play in their last home game of the season.
However, there is still business to take care of.
If the Broncos can accomplish these football concepts against the Falcons, they could extend their winning streak to 7 games and an overall record of 9-2.
Consistent Assignment Football
Consistency, at times, is a tough word to swallow. It’s difficult to be consistent, but the root definition of the word is as necessary as winning the game itself.
So far this season the Broncos have done a good job at assignment football.
Against New Mexico, whom also runs a version of the option, the Broncos did a good job at defending it. It took them just over a quarter of play to adjust to Bob Davies’ offense, but they did and succeeded at it.
All in all, the New Mexico offense only established 198 rushing yards. The previous week they established 254 rushing yards against New Mexico State.
At minuet 1:16 and 4:19, in particular, the Broncos play smart assignment football:
San Diego State
Though it’s not necessarily assignment football, the Broncos managed to play their assignment against Rashaad Penny and the SDSU offense.
They, along with defensive coordinator Andy Avalos, had a plan that was consistent and unforgiving.
Penny had 53 rushing yards in that game. In the two most recent games, and for each game, he’s attributed over 200 rushing yards for the SDSU offense.
The defensive effort was successful, consistent, and persistent for almost the entire game.
All in all, the Broncos played a complete game against those two schools. This is what they will need to do against Air Force if they wish to compete.
In his recent interview with the Idaho Press, senior wide receiver Cedrick Wilson talked about what the Broncos must do in order to beat the Falcons.”If we do what we have to do, all four quarters of the game, we should accomplish what we want to accomplish.”
The goal will take into effect on November 18th on the Blue.
Rely on an Improved Offensive Line
At the beginning of the season, one of the lacking features of the offense was the productivity of the offensive line.
At times, it was a little frustrating to watch, but the unit has perpetually improved throughout the season.
The last three weeks, against Utah State, Nevada and Colorado State respectively, Brett Rypien has had an adequate pocket setting up an accurate throw.
In those three games, Rypien has thrown for 850 yards. Out of the 10 games played this season, those 3 make up half of his total production thus far.
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) November 4, 2017
Creating Running Lanes
Coming into this season, the Broncos had boasted a 1,000+ yard rusher the past 8 seasons.
This season, however, the running back position for the Broncos was up in the air. Who would start? Who would attain the most yardage?
The clear answer as of now: Alexander Mattison
In the two road games against Utah State and Colorado State, Mattison had over 450 yards rushing.
*That’s about 50% of his season rushing totals
His 242 rushing yards from Colorado State is third on the all-time rushing list at Boise State.
Part of the success lies in the productivity of the offensive line. Against Colorado State, there were multiple occasions where one of the Bronco running backs had a clear hole to run through.
During the touchdown in overtime, Mattison had a wide hole to run through. The whole left side of the line including left tackle Ezra Cleveland, left guard John Molchon, and tight end Jack Roh, cleared their guys completely out of the way!
This set up a rushing touchdown for Alexander Mattison:
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) November 12, 2017
Wide lanes for a running back to run through is like a child at Christmas.
It’s also a running backs best friend as Bronco Nation witnessed in the Eagles game against the Broncos:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 5, 2017
Provide more run blocks like that either of those examples, and the run game will be unstoppable against Air Force.