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Boise State will enter the 2012 college football season as a different team. They have been right up there in the rankings over the past few years with only a few hiccups along the way derailing an undefeated season.
This success could without a doubt be attributed to their starting quarterback Kellen Moore. But he is now gone along with two NFL first round draft picks in running back Doug Martin and defensive end Shea McClellin.
How they respond to these losses and another slew of talented starters is the big question heading into 2012. And they will get a huge first test in their opener as they go on the road to face Michigan State on Friday, August 31.
Michigan State is coming off a year where they finished 11th in the AP Poll last season with a 11-3 record. High expectations are placed upon them again in 2012 as they go into the season ranked 13th.
And just like Boise, they too will be replacing a starting quarterback in Kirk Cousins who was their leader for three seasons. Cousins left as the career leader at Michigan State in passing yards and touchdowns. Andrew Maxwell gets the honors of replacing him as the starter but has just 51 career passing attempts.
The Broncos have had such an explosive offense with Moore under center so the big question is how will they fare this season with him gone. This new offense will get a huge test early against the Spartans who enter with such a stout defense.
Michigan State is riding 14-game home winning streak and BetOnline Sporstbook feels this will continue as they have the Spartans favored by 7 in their College Football Betting Odds. The OVER/UNDER in points is set at 45 1/2.
Friday’s matchup between Boise State and Michigan State can be seen live on ESPN at 7:30 pm ET.