In addition to the weekly previews that we’ll do to showcase the Cougars match up that week we are going to provide you with an “insider” perspective as well. Each week we’ll ask questions of a blogger for BYU’s opponent that week and post their answers as a post for you to read. We’ll give you some background info and link you to their own site so you can read all the good stuff they are doing while supporting their own teams.
Week 3 – Boise State Broncos
Respondent: Kevan Lee
Academically Ineligible: Talk about Boise’s offense and what BYU fans should expect to see this week and how is it faring without Kellen Moore at the helm?
Kevan Lee: Before last week, the offense looked awful. That probably has a good deal to do with the difference between Michigan State’s defense and Miami (OH)’s defense. The offense itself hasn’t changed now that Kellen Moore is gone. The Broncos still run a pro-style offense that is steeped in shifting and motioning. If anything, we fans thought the offense would add a read option element with a mobile quarterback, but that hasn’t been the case yet.
AI: Talk about Boise’s defense and what BYU fans should expect to see this week.
KL: Boise State does a lot of fun things on defense with its 4-2-1 front seven. Depending on the personnel, the Broncos can show a 4-3 or a 3-4, and they transition easily into a 3-3-5 and other variations – all with the same guys on the field. The Broncos have been good at bringing pressure from their front four, and they mix in a well-timed blitz package every now and then, too.
AI: How do you think the Broncos stack up against the Cougars offensively and defensively?
KL: I would expect that the Bronco offense will have a harder time against BYU since the Cougars are more Michigan State than Miami (OH). If you can make the Broncos one dimensional on offense, you have a better chance of winning. I think BYU has the defense to do that.
Based on the Utah game, I think Boise State’s defense will have a similar effect on the BYU offense. The Broncos are fundamentally sound and inherently disruptive, and I expect both those things to cause problems for the Cougars.
AI: Who are the one or two players we should watch for this week when your team lines up against the Cougars?
KL: WR Matt Miller – He helps the passing game find its rhythm, so if the Cougars can shut him down, they can limit Joe Southwick. Miller has yet to catch a touchdown pass, so he might be due.
DE Demarcus Lawrence – Lawrence had 1.5 sacks last week and seems to be hitting his groove with the Broncos. He was playing JC football last year, so I would expect him to keep getting better and better the more D1A football he plays.
AI: What is the one thing that Cougar fans don’t know about the Broncos that would be of interest to them to know?
KL: Boise State has a banner up in the stadium that says they have won two national championships. Bet you didn’t know BSU is a two-time national champion!
Note: One was a 1958 JC national championship and the other was a 1980 D1AA championship, so Boise State has taken some liberties with the banner.
AI: What is your prediction for this game and why do you feel this will be the outcome?
KL: I can see this game being somewhat low scoring and close throughout. I think Boise State has more advantages (home field, momentum, as well as some choice tactical ones), so I’ll give the Broncos the 28-21 win.
Thanks again to Kevan for his work on the blog this week.