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Boise State Broncos Betting – 2011 Boise State College Football Preview

Posted by on 6/13/2011 6:39:24 PM
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If you want to make a good sports bet for the upcoming college football season, pick either Boise State or TCU to win the Mountain West championship in 2011.

Sure, it has been a difficult and jarring experience for Boise State backers. A year ago in the offseason marked by college conference realignment, the Broncos - fresh off a Fiesta Bowl victory over TCU - accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference. This is what the wider college football community wanted Boise State to do: join BYU, Utah, and TCU to form a beefed-up conference with middle-of-the-pack slate (Air Force, San Diego State) which was superior to anything the Western Athletic Conference had produced in prior decades. The new Mountain West was going to provide a list of teams with the chops that would give the conference automatic-qualifying status in future rounds of Bowl Championship Series negotiations. In half a year, though, the Mountain West that Boise State had signed up for was gone. BYU and Utah immediately bolted the league, while TCU planned an exit that will become official in 2012 when the school plays football in the Big East Conference. The three upper-tier schools with box-office power that Boise State had hoped to challenge had all decided to move along. The MWC addressed this problem by quickly adding three additional teams from the very same WAC dumping ground that Boise hoped to leave behind. This move – in which Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada will join the league, effective next year – was as frustrating to Boise State as its overtime loss to Nevada last November, the loss that cost the Broncos a Rose Bowl berth, the one TCU got. Now that these two teams are in the Mountain West without BYU and Utah, they’re likely to meet for the conference title.

Ultimately, even MLB baseball betting experts would concede that the Boise State Broncos are indeed the class of the Mountain West in 2011. The Broncos return seven starters on each side of the ball, including Heisman finalist Kellen Moore at quarterback and two All-WAC offensive linemen in Nate Potter and Thomas Byrd. Doug Martin, also an All-WAC selection, will return at running back. If Moore can find some new talent at wide receiver, there should be no reason to think that Boise State won’t be right in the thick of BCS bowl contention – and perhaps national-title contention - yet again. The defense returns four All-WAC performers from a squad that dominated the WAC last season, surrendering just under 10 points per game during conference play if you eliminate defensive scores or other points that can’t be legitimately attributed to a defensive unit. The MWC has better offensive talent than the WAC, and the Broncos will be replacing key figures Ryan Winterswyk and Winston Venable on their defense. With that being said, Boise is still a proven commodity and will fit nicely into the Mountain West Conference. After this season, when TCU leaves for the Big East, the Broncos should be able to rule the roost on a regular basis.

The schedule is favorable, with top-end MWC teams like TCU and Air Force, plus former WAC rival Nevada, all making the trip to the blue turf in Boise. An opening-weekend contest with SEC power Georgia will give the nation another hefty dose of Bronco Nation and keep this team in the national spotlight. Much like the Virginia Tech victory last year, a win over the Bulldogs could very well propel the Broncos back to the forefront of college football’s biggest and most urgent conversation.

The Broncos remain a sports betting dream in the cosmos of college football.

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