Saturday, October 15, 2011
Pregame: Boise State at Colorado State
By Andrea Adelson
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- It is a gorgeous day here in Colorado for Boise State's first game as a member of the Mountain West, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s.
The big question surrounding the Broncos, of course, is whether they will be long-term members of the Mountain West with so much speculation surrounding them. But there is a football game to be played, so here are a few keys:
1. As you saw in the pregame video -- what will the plan be to neutralize Nordly Capi? Capi is second in the nation with eight sacks, so we will see how the Broncos neutralize him.
2. Will Geraldo Boldewijn have a big game? Boldewijn played in his first game last week, with three catches for 33 yards and two touchdowns, and he is supposed to give the Broncos the deep threat they have been missing so far this season. Chris Petersen said earlier in the week, "I say this to take pressure off of him -- Geraldo’s caught 10 passes for us in the past year. It’s not like getting Austin Pettis or Titus Young back. He’s a young guy that’s a work in progress. But I thought he did well."
3. Boise State pass rush. The Broncos are generally one of the best in the country in this category, but only have nine sacks this season. Petersen was not too concerned when asked about that earlier in the week. "That's where numbers can lie to you," he said. "If you look at the overall numbers, a lot has to do with what those guys are doing up front."