COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: #19 BOISE STATE BRONCOS

HEAD COACH: Bryan Harsin (5th Season)

RECORD AT BOISE STATE: 42 – 14

CAREER RECORD: 49 – 17

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Zak Hill

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Andy Avalos

STADIUM: Albertson’s Stadium (36,387)

 

FIVE – YEAR WINNING TREND

2013: 8 – 5

2014: 12 – 2

2015: 9 – 4

2016: 10 – 3

2017: 11 – 3

 

2018 SCHEDULE

September 1 at Troy

September 8 Connecticut

September 15 at Oklahoma State

September 29 at Wyoming

October 6 San Diego State

October 13 Nevada

October 19 Colorado State

October 27 at Air Force

November 3 BYU

November 10 Fresno State

November 17 at New Mexico

November 24 Utah State

 

2017 RESULTS

Troy 24 – 13

Washington state 44 – 47 3OT

New Mexico 28 – 14

Virginia 23 – 42

BYU 24 – 7

San Diego State 31 – 14

Wyoming 24 – 14

Utah state 41 – 14

Nevada 41 – 14

Colorado State 59 – 52 OT

Air Force 44 – 19

Fresno State 17 – 28

Fresno State 17 – 14

Oregon 38 – 28

 

2017 STATS – OFFENSE

SCORING: 35.2

RUSHING: 143.5

PASSING: 262.6

TOTAL: 406.1

 

2017 STATS – DEFENSE

SCORING: 22.9

RUSHING: 120.2

PASSING: 212.4

TOTAL: 332.6

 

RETURNING STARTERS OFFENSE: 6

WR AJ Richardson

LT Ezra Cleveland

LG John Molchon

RG Eric Quevedo

QB Brett Rypien

RB Alexander Mattison

 

RETURNING STARTERS DEFENSE: 9

DE Durrant Miles

NT Sonatane Lui

DT David Moa

MLB Tyson Maeva

CB Tyler Horton

CB Avery Williams

S Kekoa Nawawhine

S DeAndre Pierce

 

2018 UNIT CONFERENCE RANKINGS

QB: 1

RB: 2

WR/TE: 3

OL: 2

DL: 1

LB: 4

DB: 1

 

PRE—SEASON MOUNTAIN WEST SELECTIONS

QB Brett Rypien (First Team)

AP Alexander Mattison (First Team)

OL Ezra Cleveland (First Team)

DL David Moa (First Team)

DL Curtis Weaver (First Team)

CB Tyler Horton (First Team)

S Kekoa Nawahine (First Team)

PR Avery Williams (First Team)

WR AJ Richardson (Second Team)

DL Jabril Frazier (Second Team)

DL Durrant Miles (Second Team)

LB Tyson Maeva (Second Team)

DB Avery Williams (Second Team)

OL John Molchon (Third Team)

DL Sonatane Lui (Third Team)

 

2017 CONFERENCE STANDINGS

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

Boise State 7 – 1

Wyoming 5 – 3

Colorado state 5 – 3

Air Force 4 – 4

Utah state 4 – 4

New Mexico 1 – 7

 

WEST DIVISION

Fresno State 7 – 1

San Diego State 6 – 2

UNLV 4 – 4

Nevada 3 – 5

Hawaii 1 – 7

San Jose State 1 – 7

 

TOP RETURNING LEADERS

PASSING: Brett Rypien, 218 – 348 –2,877 – 16TD – 6TD

RUSHING: Alexander Mattison, 212 –1,086 – 12TD

RECEIVING: AJ Richardson, 33 – 494 – 2TD

TACKLES: Kekoa Nawahine, 108

SACKS: Curtis Weaver, 11.0

INTERCEPTIONS: Kekoa Nawahine

 

2018 TOP RECRUITS

WR Khalil Shakir, Murrieta, California

TE Tyneil Hopper, Roswell, Georgia

S Chris Mitchell, Mission Viejo, California

WR Stephan Cobbs, Keller, Texas

RB Andrew Van Buren, West Hills, California

Kukea Emmsley, Kapolei, Hawaii

DT Scale Igiehon, Del Valle, Texas

CB Tyric LeBeauf, Long Beach, California

QB Riley Smith, Augustine, Florida

LB Brandon Hawkins, Georgetown, Texas

 

2018 PROJECTED RECORD: 11 – 2, 7 – 1 MOUNTAIN WEST

 

2018 BOWL PROJECTION: Las Vegas Bowl

 

2018 MOUNTAIN WEST PREDICTIONS

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

  1. Boise State
  2. Utah State
  3. Wyoming
  4. Colorado State
  5. Air Force
  6. New Mexico

 

WEST DIVISION

  1. San Diego State
  2. Fresno State
  3. UNLV
  4. Nevada
  5. Hawaii
  6. San Jose State

 

 

2018 RECRUITING RANKINGS

  1. Boise State
  2. San Diego State
  3. Nevada
  4. Colorado State
  5. Fresno State
  6. Hawaii
  7. San Jose State
  8. UNLV
  9. Utah State
  10. Air Force
  11. Wyoming
  12. New Mexico

 

FINAL PREDICTION

Boise State is the class of the Mountain West Conference.  QB Brett Rypien could have been a banner season if his receivers produce beyond their one starter in AJ Richardson. The running attack is in good hands with Alexander Mattison. The offensive line returns three starters including sophomore Ezra Cleveland. The defense and special teams returns a boatload of talent. There is little reason to believe the Broncos won’t make a second straight Mountain West championship and contend for a New Year’s Six Bowl.