The No. 22 Boise State Broncos will open their 2012 College Football betting campaign on the road against a very tough Michigan State Spartans, who rank No. 13 on the preseason poll, and are being heralded to be the team to beat in the Big 10 this year.
Nevertheless, the Broncos have opened the last three seasons with mammoth wins over some powerhouse opponents, and to underestimate the possibility of them pulling off the upset in East Lansing would be a serious oversight.
Boise State (22) vs. Michigan State (13) Week 1 Preview:
- When: Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM EST
- Where: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI.
- TV: ESPN
- LINE: -7 (Michigan State), O/U 46.5
- Expert Picks: CLICK HERE
Even though Boise State has lost most of their starting line up from 2011, including recording setting quarterback Kellen More (50-3 in four seasons), they do have a few things going for them in this one.
First, they are led by the always-masterful Chris Petersen, who despite adversity, has found ways to win games, especially the ones the Broncos have considerable time to prepare for. And that’s the case here, as Boise State has appeared — from all spring reports — to have reloaded their roster with several key players on both sides of the ball that emerge poised to make some serious noise in 2012.
Add to that, new offensive coordinator Robert Prince, who prefers the quarterback option as a big part of his playbook, and the Broncos’ offense appears to be headed towards a revitalization of the more dynamic offense we have seen in the past, rather than the somewhat conservative approach we all witnessed last season.
But perhaps the biggest advantage Boise State will have in this one, will be the element of surprise, as the Broncos in 2012 are an unknown, making things tough on even a very good Michigan State defense, which is expected to be in the top 10, and will be led once again by defensive end William Gholston. A big reason the Spartans are coming into this one off back-to-back 11-win seasons.
Nevertheless, like the Broncos, MSU has lost some key players, especially on offense, but do bring back explosive running back Le’Veon Bell, who will get the benefit of an o-line that returns some solid starters from 2011.
That will pose a big problem for the Broncos, who only return two players on defense, losing nine of its top 10 tacklers from last season, many of which were huge playmakers along the BSU D-line.
I guess the biggest question here will be how quickly this retooled Broncos’ team can gel.
Matt’s Prediction: Boise State 31 – Michigan State 27
Even though Boise State has holes everywhere, the media has picked them to win the Mountain West. Maybe it is because history tells us not to bet against the Broncos. With that, I’m going out on a limb here based on the premise that if you don’t know how to prepare for your opponent, it makes it difficult to shut down any team that can execute. The Broncos are known for execution, and therefore are my dog here.