Miami (Ohio) Redhawks (0-1) ATS 0-1, O/U 0-1 vs. No. 14 Boise State Broncos (1-0) ATS 1-0, O/U 0-1 Saturday September 12, 2009 Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho 8:00 p.m. EST
By Wilson of Predictem.com
Point Spread: Boise State -36
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The Boise State Broncos are no longer the engine that could in college football as they went undefeated during the regular season a year ago, and just knocked off No. 16 Oregon 19-8 in Boise last week. The Broncos really should have beat the Ducks by three or four touchdowns if it werent for some untimely miscues.
Kellen Moore was once again the leader on the field that he has been since taking over the helm as a freshman last year. Moore threw for 197 yards and a touchdown against the Ducks. He did have some issues under center as the Broncos have him out of the shotgun formation and under center a bit more this season in hopes of establishing a more balanced running game.
The biggest home game ever to take place at Bronco Stadium was not met without major drama. Both teams were fired up from the start but it was Oregons Legarrette Blount who not only lost the game but lost out on his final season of collge football when he decided to throw a cheap shot punch to the jaw of Boise player Byron Hout on National TV. Blount was suspended by head coach Chip Kelly for the rest of the season.
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More importantly, for Boise State, they remained in tune with their game plan and basically shut the Ducks down on offense. The Broncos defense is extremely good and I think most teams under estimate just how fast and strong they are. Boise States defense held Oregon to just 36 yards rushing! There are not too many teams in the Pac 10 that can do that to Oregon.
Boise State had 22 first downs to Oregons 6, and the time of possession difference says it all as the Broncos held the ball for over 42 minutes while the Ducks had the pigskin for only 17 minutes.
With the win over Oregon, Boise State extended their home win streak to 20 games which just four games behind Oklahoma for the longest win streak in the country.
Boise State is the real deal, and Miami (Ohio) better be ready to play on the blue turf come Saturday. The Broncos will not look past the Redhawks as they are a well coached squad under Chris Peterson who is nearly impossible to beat at home.
The Redhawks opened their season with a 42-0 loss to Kentucky. Unfortanately for them it wont get any better this weekend as Boise State is too dominant at nearly every position.
Michael Haywood made his debut as the head coach for Miami (Ohio) and was handed a pretty healthy beating by UK, but he is rebuilding a program that has been down in recent years. The Redhawks started four true freshman and it showed as they were simply too overmatched.
This Saturday will likely be another learning curve for the Redhawks and a chance for Boise State to work out some kinks before heading into more challenging competition.
On a side note, Boise States QB Kellen Moore now has some familiar company on the team as his younger brother Kirby Moore is a freshman wide receiver; rumor has it that little brother is even more talented than Kellen but Im not sure I buy that just yet.
Wilsons Pick: Boise State 45 Miami (Ohio) 10. Take the OVER 52. Luck to ya.