After falling to a mediocre record of 8-5 in 2013, the first time since 2005 not to win at least 10 games, the Broncos are eager to prove last season was a fluke. An opening game at Ole Miss is a crucial contest for Boise. A win over the Rebels (currently a projected loss) and the Broncos could go undefeated. Stiff challenges await in conference play though as Fresno State, San Diego State, and Utah State look strong enough to derail the Broncos dreams. An abundance of tough non-conference games may send a message that the conference is weaker when in truth, overall, every team seems improved over 2013. Take a look at the scheduled competition with the power five conferences: Ole Miss, Colorado (2), Boston College, Southern Cal, Nebraska, Utah, Washington, Oregon State (3), Washington State, Arizona (2), Arizona State, North Carolina, Auburn, Minnesota, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Oregon and Michigan State. In addition there are games against 4 “group of five” teams, all contending for their conference crowns, Rice, Arkansas State, Texas-San Antonio, and Northern Illinois. Brigham Young, an independent, but certainly a power five quality team is on the MWC schedule 4 times. Billingsley predicts a record of 2-28 in those contests. Even if Boise State, or any other MWC team goes undefeated, that conference record doesn’t look good to a selection committee.
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