BTN Predictions: Troy Trojans
Troy is a solid Group of Five program with what should be a very good team. They’ve got fast and athletic skill players, which should take some pressure of their new QB and inexperienced lines. I feel like this game is going to end up closer than some of the more delusional end of the fanbase think. We will also see at least one social media asshat call for Harsin’s head after the game because the guys took their foot off the gas in the 4th quarter.
The Broncos need to come out and punch the Trojans in the mouth, score three or four times very quickly, and then pick right up where they left off last season. Will settle for looking as competent and fast as we know they are. Accurate Rypien. Active, aware line play. A secondary that can stop a big play. No turnovers. Doesn’t matter much what Troy (or the Alabama weather) brings in that case. Boise wins, 38 – 24.
It’s GAME. DAY. Bronco Nation. Congratulations on surviving the offseason! The opener could be a little tricky for our Broncos. Troy will be playing in front of the largest home crowd in their program’s history, in a revenge game, against a program that they aspire to emulate. They’ll be prepared to play.
Fortunately, Boise State, with their “Humble but Hungry” mantra, should have more than enough to match the baby Trojans best effort. The Bronco defense will harass an offense with inexperience along the offensive line and behind center. The Boise State offense will overcome inexperience at WR. Add it all up and a slightly tense, but ultimately satisfying week one is on the horizon for the Boys in Blue.
Boise State 34 Troy 20
Round two of the Troy vs. Boise State series is here and once again it is getting hyped as one of the best Group of Five match-ups of the season. Last season’s game was closer than many Bronco fans expected but our beloved Broncos pulled it out with some help from special teams and defense.
This year’s game is expected to be a close battle as well with our friends in Vegas predicting a 10 point win for Boise State. Call me delusional but I don’t think it will be that close. Troy may be a decent Go5 team but they are still a Sunbelt team that is coming into this season looking to replace their QB and RB from last season. With Boise State returning 10/11 defensive starters, a more experienced offensive line as well as Brett Rypien and Alexander Mattison on the offense today’s game should not be a close as last year. The biggest question mark for me is who will step up to be Rypien’s go to guy? Or will we see the ball spread around to multiple guys? As long as the Broncos don’t come out slow and Rypien manages the game well this one will be over at half-time. The defense dominates, special teams get themselves a score, and Boise wins.
Boise State 44 Troy 13
Good heavens! It’s that time of year again, Bronco Nation. Yes, I do mean college football season. I also mean the time of year when I totally botch all the game predictions. Let’s see if I can do better.
It’s hard to not place my faith in Brett Rypien this year but, considering the uncertainty of the WR corps, I will be placing all my faith in the defense today. Not that the offense won’t get their share of dominance but the Broncos D could be the best in the MWC (not _yoming). Unlike ESPN’s quartet of talking heads, I expect this game to be close for about a quarter, despite the humidity, the Fun Belt, and last year’s LSU game.
Mountain West Champs 38, Sun Belt Co-Champs 14