I wasn’t the only one who took a look at Boise State’s opener from last season for some insight. Over at Team Speed Kills, Year2 did the same and shared a few observations about what he saw, like this one:
… Watching Boise’s defense felt a lot like watching Auburn’s defense from a year ago. If you’re running it up the middle on them, or they guess correctly about what you want to do, they will stop you. They got a fair amount of pressure in the backfield too. However when Tyrod Taylor had time to throw, he picked apart the Bronco secondary. He posted a 169.2 passing efficiency for the game, his second-highest of the season against good teams. It would have been even higher if not for two obvious pass interference penalties that Boise’s secondary committed to prevent long plays from succeeding. Boise State also had issues with Taylor’s athleticism, as it doesn’t have elite athletes on defense to combat the other team’s elite athletes.
For what it’s worth, Aaron Murray’s passer rating in last year’s Auburn game was 170.83. And I doubt Boise State will be trotting out anyone like Nick Fairley.
But here’s the easier said than done part of his analysis.
… What Mike Bobo will want to do is find ways to get his elite athletes in space. Orson Charles sticks out to me as the biggest potential mismatch, but he’s got some good ones in Tavarres King and Isaiah Crowell also. He’ll also need to be productively unpredictable because you can gash Boise if the defense guesses incorrectly. BSU’s defense also had a distinct bend-but-don’t-break flavor to it, so Bobo can’t get impatient and stop taking what the defense gives him.
This part is spot on, though.
… If Georgia can come into it focused and treat it like any other game, it will have an excellent chance to win. I just don’t know where this team will be at mentally in the wake of last year, after the hype of the “Dream Team” recruiting class, and with the desire to vindicate the head coach.
Hell, nobody knows right now.
If I had to lay out my three keys to the game in descending order, this is what I’ve got:
- The lines on both sides of the ball have to play well.
- Whatever funk grabbed this team last season at crucial moments has to be fully banished.
- Mike Bobo needs to show up for an entire 60 minutes without thinking of the word “balanced”.