Boise State Football: Breaking Down Broncos' Prime-Time Matchup with Hawaii

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2012

While the Boise State Broncos (7-2) will undoubtedly enjoy their trip to Hawaii to play the Warriors (1-7) in Week 11, the visitors can’t afford to take the home team lightly in this case.

As much as the Warriors don’t look like legitimate threats, the journey to Hawaii may be enough to give Boise State the complacency that will cost them the win. After a loss in Week 10, falling to the Warriors would be catastrophic

The Broncos must remain focused on the task at hand despite the tranquility that surrounds them.

If Boise State can keep its eyes on the prize and finish every play the way it has at times in 2012, the Warriors of Hawaii don’t stand a chance.

The Broncos can enjoy the great state of Hawaii after their big win.


When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

Watch: NBC Sports Network

Radio: Free Football Radio 


What They’re Saying

Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen told Dave Southorn of the Idaho Press-Tribune about his team’s goal this week and how the Broncos must play after a tough loss last week to San Diego State:

Our goal should be all about Hawaii—period, that’s it…We’ll see if we can refocus and hopefully play the best football we’ve played all year. The guys are pretty resilient. I think they’ll come back. Win or lose, we have to have an edge to us.


Boise State Player to Watch: D.J. Harper, RB

With Hawaii boasting a terrible run defense, the biggest focus of the Boise State offensive attack will be the running of senior back D.J. Harper. The Broncos will get out to an early lead, but it will be the play of Harper that determines how the team controls the clock.

If Harper can get first downs at will and extend Boise State drives longer than the potent air attack can, the coaching staff will load him up with extra carries and secure this win. The Broncos will want to put up serious points because of their Week 10 loss, though, so Harper won't be overworked.

Against the Warriors’ porous defense, Boise State fans should expect 20-22 carries for the senior and at least 130 yards and a touchdown Saturday night.

It will be a great game for Harper and the entire Broncos offense


Prediction: Boise State 42, Hawaii 17

The Warriors are utterly and thoroughly outmatched in this matchup, which will reflect on the scoreboard Saturday. If you’re a Boise State fan, this will be the game that gets the offensive unit back on the same page and heading in the right direction.

Hawaii’s defensive unit is ranked 122nd in the nation (allowing 42.6 points per game), and if the Broncos can’t exploit the Warriors' defenders, Boise State doesn’t deserve the win anyway.

Add in the fact that the Broncos defense is ranked eighth in all of college football—allowing just 14.4 points per game—and there is no doubt that Boise State walks out of Hawaii with a huge victory.


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