Here is an early look at Michigan State's opening game opponent.
Boise State Broncos
GAME #1 – SPARTAN STADIUM – 8:00 PM ET
Head Coach Chris Petersen – 7th Year (73-6)
2011 Record 12-1 overall, 6-1 Mountain West
Previous Meetings First meeting
Boise State's Key Games In 2012
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
OFFENSE: The Broncos should be solid along the offensive line and at the wide receiver positions. The loss of Kellen Moore (QB) places a lot of pressure on junior signal caller Joe Southwick if he enters the season as the starter. Southwick has some experience and showed well during the spring. However, he's not alone as three more quarterbacks are waiting in the wings ready to battle if Southwick fails to deliver. While all eyes will focus on the quarterback position, fans during the season opener will need to keep an eye on senior running back D.J. Harper who has the ability to test the Spartans defense with his speed and tremendous cutting ability.
DEFENSE: The strength of the Broncos defense looks to be in the secondary with corners Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins. Junior College transfer Demarcus Lawrence could give the defense some needed pressure off the edge and young linebacker Blake Renaud looks to be one of the best the Spartans will see. With a strong offensive line returning, Michigan State could look to give the Broncos defense a heavy dose of LeVeon Bell early allowing for Andrew Maxwell to settle in at quarterback.
In the past Boise State has shown the ability to get a quick start outscoring opponents 154 – 41 in the first quarter along last season. The Spartans must keep the Broncos off the scoreboard early and show off the team's strength on defense.
While a victory over the Broncos without Moore may take away some of the shine, it would still be considered a solid victory and help push the Spartans in the polls early.