The 2012 season has many questions for both these teams. If you take into consideration the coaching and system changes with the University of Hawaii Warriors, no matter who is playing, it is hard to figure out how well they'll do. And the Boise State Broncos will have lost so many starters (17 in all) that trying to evaluate where Boise State might be is nearly impossible.
Rumors and prognosticators have the Broncos ending anywhere from .500 to undefeated, so I won't begin to try and decipher how they'll do in 2012. Of course, the same could be said of the Hawaii Warriors who most feel will be a middle-of-the-road contender - but with a new staff and a mix of different players, it's hard to make sense of how well they'll do this year.
Questions including at quarterback
In just one of many instances, both teams have the same problems at quarterback with last year's established starters gone. New Hawaii head coach Norm Chow recently chose Sean Schroeder, a relative unknown, to be the Warriors starting quarterback. Boise State has still not picked who they will have as a signal caller; however, Joe Southwick is the leading candidate (source - Idaho Statesman).
The Broncos will have just come off a tough Mountain West Conference home game against a quality opponent in San Diego State, while Hawaii will be back home after a long Mountain West road trip on the mainland that finished up against rival Fresno State.
Although they lost several key starters, Boise State's offense should be well balanced in 2012 but the big question will be how well the quarterback does. The Warrior defense will be quick and the secondary will be one of the better ones in the conference if not the country. So the Broncos will have to rely on the run to control the game - but the problem there is they don't have much experience at the running back position.
Thin Bronco D
Also, the Boise State Bronco defense will have plenty of holes to fill and that in-turn will create depth issues all year, especially on the defensive line, which is depleted with not a lot of experience. The Hawaii Warrior offense will be more balanced than in years past but their best unit is still the wide receiving corps and could put a few scores up on the board against a thin Boise State defense.
By the way, Boise State lost several coaches off their staff as well and that might affect continuity and add unique problems for the Broncos to overcome.
Depth will be a real concern for Boise State but they're great recruiters and should have enough talent to beat Hawaii. Plus, this late in the season, the Broncos should have their early key issues resolved. Yes, it will be a close game … for awhile, and although Boise State isn't good enough to be a 2012 BCS contender, their talent level is more than adequate enough to win on the road in Honolulu. Expect the Broncos to win by two touchdowns or more.
The game will be played on November 10th in Aloha Stadium with a tentative kickoff time of 2:00 PM Hawaii Time - and be broadcast by NBC Sports (formerly Versus).
After this contest, the Broncos continue to wind down their final season in the Mountain West with their next to last game at home versus Colorado State. The Warriors head back on the road, traveling 3,400 miles one-way to Colorado Springs to play a conference game at the Air Force Academy.
Sources - Boise State, Hawaii
Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of Hawaii since visiting there 40 years ago and dozens of times since. Go 'Bows!