1. Strength vs. Strength
Not much has gone the Cajuns’ way this season, but running the football isn’t on their list of things that have gone wrong. Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire have gotten off to solid starts this season, and quarterback Terrance Broadway has shown a knack for finding the first-down markers on the ground. But the Broncos present a challenge the likes of which the Cajuns haven’t seen this year. Boise’s run defense has been suffocating, allowing just 1.58 yards per rush.
2. Strength vs. Weakness
Looking for a couple areas where one team has a dominant edge over the other? The Cajuns have been the most giving team in the country this season with nine turnovers through three games, whereas the Broncos come into the game with seven interceptions, the second-highest total in the country. The Cajuns’ pass defense has been a wreck through three games, while the Broncos have put together a nice start through the air, completing more than 70 percent of their passes for nearly 900 yards.
3. Weakness vs. Weakness
As bad as the Cajuns pass defense has been from a yards allowed standpoint, the Broncos have been even worse. They allowed nearly 400 yards to Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace in the season opener before allowing 434 yards the following week to Colorado State. On the year, the Broncos are giving up more than 350 yards per game. The Cajuns are only averaging a little better than 200 passing yards per game, and are only gaining 5.7 yards per attempt. Something’s got to give here.
4. Smurf turf
The Cajuns had some colorful descriptors for why they don’t think it would bother them to play on the bright blue turf at Albertsons Stadium. Senior linebacker Trae Johnson said, “If they can play on it, I feel that we can play on it. Green, blue, both of them are in the color spectrum.” The biggest challenge will come for the assistant coaches who are in the press box. They will have difficulty discerning which blue-clad personnel Boise substitutes onto its blue field.