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Boise State vs Ole Miss Preview

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ole missATLANTA, Ga – The Boise State Broncos ended 2013 at 8-5 following a 38-23 Hawaii Bowl loss to Oregon State and look to start 2014 differently with a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against the Ole Miss Rebels who also went 8-5 but finished with a 25-17 win over Georgia Tech in 2013.

Two former Arkansas State head coaches square off as Bryan Harsin leads Boise State against Hugh Freeze’ Ole Miss squad.

Offensively, Harsin returns the Broncos’ leading rusher in Jay Ajayi who had 1,647 all-purpose yards in 2013. Also returning is senior quarterback Grant Hedrick who was crafty enough with his feet to be the team’s second leading rusher last season. Hedrick will have a familiar target in leading receiver Matt Miller who had 88 catches for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013.

While the defense returns a lot of experience at every position with stingy cornerbacks Donte Deayon and Bryan Douglas back along with senior nose tackle Corey Bell to shore up an already solid unit.

Senior quarterback Bo Wallace will lead the Rebels’ offense looking to improve on his 3,700 yards of offense in 2013 and will rely on top target Laquon Treadwell to keep the passing attack on track. The units’stop two rushers return as I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton look to build on their combined 1,000 yard season.

Senior linebacker Serderius Bryant led the team with 78 tackles, 12.5 for loss and three sacks. The defense needs to improve on the 23 points allowed per game in 2013.

Keys for Boise State Win

The Broncos need to have success in the running game out of Ajayi to open up passing lanes for Hedrick. The defense will have to keep its discipline against Ole Miss dynamic offense.

Keys For Ole Miss Win

Wallace must take care of the football and be consistent in his production since so much of the offense relies on his output. The Rebels must win the battle at the line of scrimmage.

Key Injuries :

None

Favorite:

Latest Line, Boise State -10.5

Conclusion:

Boise State has another great chance to grab another win against a P5 conference in this match-up.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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