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Boise State Betting Odds Preview

It’s a new era at Boise State after the departure of head coach Chris Peterson. After taking the Broncos to new heights Peterson heads to Washington to take the top job. To replace a legend Boise State decided to stay in the family. Bryan Harsin comes home after only one year at the helm at Arkansas State where he led the Red Wolves to a Sun Belt championship and a bowl. Harsin was the offensive coordinator on the blue turf during the Broncos' glory years and he’ll try to lead them back up the mountain after a bit of a step back last season.

The Broncos went from 11-2 in 2012 to a somewhat disappointing 8-5 mark last season. Even more concerning, when the Broncos lost last season their defense usually got lit up. Boise State surrendered at least 34 points in their five losses and allowed on average 30 points a game last season. They were especially weak against the pass, ranking sixth in the Mountain West. Obviously, improving the defense will be one of Harsin’s goals this season, but they should have more experience with eight starters returning.

Boise State Odds to Win MWC: +155 at 5Dimes
Boise State Odds to Win College Football Championship: +50000 at 5Dimes
Boise State Regular Season Win Total: 10 at Bovada

On offense, which used to be the Broncos' calling card, Boise State boasted the No. 3 unit in the conference last season. With a veteran presence at quarterback, running back and wideout they could be a force again this season. QB Grant Hendrick has a record-setter in wide receiver Matt Miller, who caught 88 balls last season for 1140 yards and 12 touchdowns. Running back Jay Ajayi could be the real difference maker coming off a 1400-yards rushing season and 18 TDs.

As the Broncos stumbled to their 8-5 record last season they also beat up on bettors' bankrolls. Boise State was 6-7 ATS last season, including a lame duck 2-6 ATS record at home on the Smurf Turf. They also disappointed when favored at 5-7 ATS

MWC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of August 15

Boise State +155
Utah State +300
Fresno State +325
Nevada +800
San Diego State +1200
Colorado State +2200
San Jose State +3500
UNLV +4000
Wyoming +4000
Hawaii  +4000
Air Force +4000
New Mexico +8000