ESPN game offers a national showcase for Boise State

Will the Boise State starters play close to a full game Tuesday night when the Broncos (6-0, 2-0) host Louisiana Tech (3-4, 2-1)?

That’s really the most interesting question for Boise heading into the contest against the Bulldogs, as the last time Kellen Moore and the first-stringers played all four quarters was against Oregon State on Sept. 25.

Kellen MooreICONBoise State QB Kellen Moore looks to rack up more impressive numbers against Louisiana Tech.

Will they be rusty? Hardly, considering they have outscored their three opponents since that game against the Beavers 164-14. No matter if the first-stringers are on the sideline, the Boise train keeps running smoothly. And the No. 3 team in the BCS standings knows that it must take advantage of every opportunity along the way, continuing tonight with a national telecast on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

We know all about Heisman Trophy candidate Moore, running back Doug Martin and the receiving tandem of Titus Young and Austin Pettis. And the fact that Boise has the longest winning streak in the nation at 20 games. In addition, the Bulldogs have not lost a home, regular-season game since September 8, 2001.

But what’s the skinny on Louisiana Tech under first-year head coach Sonny Dykes?

The Bulldogs finally may have righted the ship with back-to-back victories against Utah State and Idaho the last two weeks. Quarterback Ross Jenkins, running the spread offense efficiently after being benched earlier in the year, was named the WAC offensive player of the week after completing 31-of-44 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns. Richie Casey and Ahmad Paige were his favorite targets in the passing game, while Lennon Creer logged 179 yards and two scores on 23 carries. Offensively, Dykes may have this unit ready for more fireworks in the second half of the year.

Defensively, however, the Bulldogs have struggled. The pass defense allowed 513 yards and five touchdowns to Idaho and ranks 118th in the country in that category. Moore could have some fun Tuesday night against this unit.

In terms of total defense, the Bulldogs give up nearly 450 yards per game.

Because the Louisiana Tech throws the ball so much, this could serve as a good test for a Boise team that will have to contend with Hawaii’s aerial attack on Nov. 6.

While head coach Chris Petersen maintains that the team’s BCS ranking means nothing right now, the Broncos must continue to win if they want the ranking to matter come December.

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