Things are different at Boise State. The nagging question about whether the Broncos can win the big game against the big conference team has been answered with a resounding, “Yes” thanks to Boise State’s 43-42 overtime win against Big 12 champion Oklahoma in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The question about Boise State reloading talent stripped from its roster by graduation has been answered time and time again as the Broncos have run off a streak of five straight conference titles, tied for most in the nation with USC.
Gone are the questions surrounding Chris Petersen and whether the first-year head coach could continue the success his predecessors enjoyed at Boise State; that one answered with a perfect 13-0 record, the most wins by a first-year college head coach in over 100 years.
The question now - not if, but who will step up to replace one of the winningest quarterbacks in college football history?
Who will replace three senior wide receivers who are in NFL camps and were never better than they were in the unbelievable Fiesta Bowl victory?
Which unknown defensive lineman will fill the shoes of the remarkable former walk-on that worked his way to being an All-WAC performer?
Who will step in for the pair of play-making linebackers that wreaked havoc on opposing offenses over the last four years?
And which young safety will assume the roll of enforcer on a Bronco defense that seems to get better and more talented even with the loss of some of the greatest players in school history the last five seasons.
Check back each day this week on BroncoSports.com for a position by position breakdown of the upcoming 2007 Boise State football program.