College Football: Louisiana Tech @ #17 Boise State Preview
If tonight's WAC opener between #17 Boise State (3-0) and Louisiana Tech (2-1) can match the drama of last night's game, viewers will be in for a treat. Middle Tennessee (2-3, 1-2 Sun Belt) knocked off defending Sun Belt co-champion Florida Atlantic (1-4, 0-1) thanks to a touchdown pass from Joe Craddock to Malcolm Beyah as time expired. The successful point-after gave the Blue Raiders a 14-13 win and their first conference victory of the season.
Despite having the football for little more than twenty five minutes, Middle Tennessee found themselves trailing by just six before their game-winning drive thanks to four FAU turnovers. Next up for FAU is a showdown with Troy next Tuesday, while Middle Tennessee will take on Florida International on the 11th.
Louisiana Tech @ #17 Boise State, 8PM EST on ESPN
Can the Broncos crash the BCS party yet again? After winning three non-conference games to start the season, Chris Peterson's squad looks to reclaim the WAC title after losing out to Hawaii in 2007. The star thus far has been redshirt freshman Kellen Moore, who has looked rather comfortable in running the Boise State attack. Moore leads the conference in passing efficiency (179.8 passer rating) and has thrown five touchdown passes to just one interception. Other dangerous weapons include RB Ian Johnson and WR Jeremy Childs.
The Bulldogs counter with Georgia Tech transfer Taylor Bennett under center, but his numbers haven't been up to par in the early going. Bennett has completed just 41% of his passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions, but the Bulldog offense ranks third in the WAC in rushing compensate. WR Phillip Livas currently leads the conference in all-purpose yards so keep an eye on him whenever he touches the football.
Defense will tell the story of this one, as the Broncos hold the advantage in all major statistical categories. If Louisiana Tech can't slow down Moore through the air (Boise State- 1st in pass offense, Louisiana Tech 9th in pass defense) it'll be a long night on the "smurf turf" for Derek Dooley's team. And even if they do have some success against the pass, I like the Broncos to move to 4-0.
- Florida LB Dustin Doe will miss at least two weeks following surgery to repair a double hernia. Doe suffered the injury in the Gators win over Miami back on September 6th and aggravated it this past weekend.