Will BYU football take another beating from Boise State in 2015? BYU’s match up with the Broncos has not been kind to the Cougars. Boise State is 4-1 all time against the Cougars with last year’s beating leaving a bitter taste. This is the too early preview of the Boise State Broncos.
Head to head:
Boise State has won four out of the five matchups so far. The first time these teams met the Cougars took a 50-12 beating during the Crowton era but we don’t like to count that one, because…. Crowton. BYU lost by one the next year in Boise 28-27.
In 2012 BYU started playing a home and home series that extends to 2023. This yearly matchup started with the Cougars losing 7-6 in classic defensive show down. My favorite Bronco Mendenhall era moment happened in this game. Despite the loss BYU flexed its muscle with this great goal line stand:
I’m just glad Bronco and I have the same dance moves!
In 2013 BYU beat Boise 37-20 with Taysom Hill starting to show us what he could do as a passer with his second straight 300 yard plus passing game. He also ran extremely well.
Last year Boise State beat BYU 55-30 in BYUs fourth straight loss after losing Taysom Hill to injury although lack of Taysom Hill wasn’t the biggest problem for the Cougars. The game seemed to be an accumulation of all of BYUs problems last year. Any Defense that gives up 55 points doesn’t deserve to win. The way the defense was against Boise was the reason they lost those 4 straight games in that period.
What more could we have asked from Christian Stewart? He went 23/38 passing with 259 yards, a touchdown and one interception. The backup quarterback put 30 points up which is usually enough to win on any other Bronco Era team.
I won’t torture you with the highlights.
Boise State Offense:
Right now you would guess that the Boise starting quarterback would be Sophomore Ryan Finley because he took snaps last year, but look out for Freshmen Brett Rypien. Rypien was a big time recruit who broke Boise State legend Kellan Moore’s high school passing records in Washington. I wouldn’t be surprised if either one of these starts in week 2 against the Cougars.
With Jay Ajayi now in the NFL, last year’s back-up running back and former Ute wide receiver commit, Jeremy McNichols, will be taking over as the feature back in the Boise State offense. Last year he was a change of pace back and played some wide out. He had four carries for 32 yards against BYU last year.
Boise State has consistently recruited offensive line and wide receivers over the last few years. They get the most out of the guys they have every year at these positions.
The Bronco defense looks to be as talented, if not more, this year than last year. The linebackers were the bright spot last year and with Tanner Vallejo returning to lead this defense, it won’t be a cake walk for BYU. The secondary lacks depth which is saying a lot when they played against mostly Mountain West competition last year.
Too Early Prediction:
Assuming BYU is with a healthy Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams, they should take advantage of Boise States lack of experience at QB and RB. I also see Bronco making this a statement game with the defense. They won’t be embarrassed like last year. Cougars win a close one at home 28-24. Go Cougars.