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Powerhouse Boise State comes to "The Rent" on Saturday. A quick look ahead.

POSTED September 10, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


STORRS: Now that the smoke has cleared after the Casey Cochran announcement that he will no longer be playing football due to concussions, the UConn Huskies have to get ready to face Boise State on Saturday at noon at Rentschler Field.

This is simply not going to be an easy task.

To say the Broncos could be considered a defensive problem for any team would be an enormous understatement but for the Huskies, it could be a case of Deja-vu.

This team is not unlike the BYU team UConn faced in week one, a 35-10 loss but in that game, the Huskies faced a multi-faceted weapon in quarterback Taysom Hill who threw for three scores and ran for a pair as well.

Boise State brings Grant Hedrick, a red shirt senior who threw for 352 yards and a pair of scores against Colorado State in a 37-24 win in their second game of the season.

The Broncos dropped a 35-13 decision to Ole Miss in their opening game of the year.

Aside from Hedrick, running back Jay Ajayi presents s real challenge from the running back position where he galloped for 216 yards against Colorado State.

Scoring has been the name of the game at Boise for a good long time. They rank first in the entire country in average points per game since 2000 with over 40 points per game.

First year head Coach Bryan Harsin and his team plays in the tough Mountain West Conference and is consistently a power in the region and country.

Boise State has not cracked the Top 25 polls this year, something they are not used to but hope to get back in.

The Broncos defense has surrendered 59 points in their first two games but is still considered a talented unit.

For the Huskies, fifth year senior Chandler Whitmer will be at the helm for the second straight game with Tim Boyle second in line to take snaps and head coach Bob Diaco said on Tuesday that he will see time on Saturday.

It will be important again that the UConn offense gives their defense a chance to catch their collective breath after dealing with a high octane for the second time in three weeks.

Whitmer and Geremy Davis connected six times against Stony Brook for over 100 yards and will be a critical part of the Huskies game plan come Saturday.

The running game is still a work in progress with Max Delorenzo getting the bulk of the carries but true freshman Ron Johnson and Arkeel Newsome have shown flashes.

Diaco had stated all along that the first three games would be preseason and he has praised how the team has grown every week.

Deshon Foxx was the difference maker a week ago with a 72-yard punt return that gave the home team the lead for good.

Getting off to a better start is going to be critical on Saturday. In their first two games, turnovers have put the Huskies behind the eight-ball early.

Keeping the playing field level against a team that would love to tilt it will make for an interesting challenge for an UConn team looking for its identity.

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