New Campaign Kicks Off Thursday Against Ole Miss
Aug. 25, 2014
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
Boise State Broncos (0-0)
No. 18/19 Ole Miss Rebels (0-0)
Thursday, August 28 - 6 p.m. MT
Series History - First Meeting
BOISE, Idaho - For the sixth straight year, the Boise State football team will open the season with a marquee match-up. The Broncos will square off against No. 18/19 Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Aug. 28 (Thursday). The teams are slated to kick off at 6 p.m. (MT), and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN.
Boise State previously played in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Sept. 3, 2011, defeating 19th-ranked Georgia, 35-21.
After knocking off No. 16 Oregon (19-8), No. 7 Virginia Tech (33-30) and the Bulldogs in season openers from 2009-11, respectively, Boise State has dropped its last two, falling to Michigan State in 2012 (17-13) and Washington in 2013 (38-6).
THE SERIES: The 2014 season opener will mark the first game played between Boise State and Ole Miss.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE: For the first time since 2008, Boise State opens the season unranked in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Polls.
The Broncos had opened each of the last five seasons ranked in each preseason poll:
2009 - 14 (AP) / 16 (Coaches)
Prior to this season's debut polls, the Broncos had been one of only 11 schools to start each of the last five seasons ranked in the Coaches Poll, and one of 12 schools to open each of the last five seasons ranked in the AP Poll.
HARSIN ERA BEGINS: The Broncos' match-up with Ole Miss marks the first game played under head coach Bryan Harsin. Harsin, a former Boise State quarterback from 1995-99, also served on the Broncos' staff from 2001-10, serving as offensive coordinator from 2006-10. Harsin's hire was announced Dec. 11, 2013, by Director of Athletics Mark Coyle.
At 37, Harsin is the fourth-youngest head coach in the country. Only PJ Fleck (33, Western Michigan), Matt Campbell (34, Toledo) and Kliff Kingsbury (35, Texas Tech) are younger. Harsin is also one of only 13 head coaches nationally that is currently coaching at his alma mater.
ESTABLISHING A LEGACY: The Broncos are the winningest football program in the country since 2000, with an overall record of 155-26 (.856). Oklahoma (153-34; .818), Ohio State (144-35; .804), LSU (143-40; .781) and Texas (140-40; .778) round out the top five.
16-YEAR WINNING STREAK: Entering 2014, Boise State is riding a streak of 16-consecutive winning seasons. The Broncos went 5-6 in 1997, the last season without a winning season.
SEASON OPENERS: Boise State is 32-14 all-time in season openers, though the Broncos have suffered losses in each of the last two. Boise State hasn't lost more than two-consecutive season openers since dropping the first game in four-straight seasons from 1983-86.
EARLY OPENING: The Broncos' 2014 season-opening game against Ole Miss, set for Aug. 28, marks the earliest game played in school history. Prior to this season, the Broncos opened both the 1997 and 2008 seasons on Aug. 30.
VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: After winning six of seven games against ranked opponents during a stretch beginning in 2009, Boise State has dropped each of their last three against ranked foes. The Broncos are 10-13 all-time against ranked opponents, with the last victory coming against 19th-ranked Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Sept. 3, 2011 (35-21).
VS. THE SEC: Boise State is 1-4 against schools from the SEC, with the lone victory coming in the last game played against the league - a 35-21 defeat of Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Sept. 3, 2011.
VS. RESOURCE FIVE: The Broncos are 9-4 against schools from conferences that comprise the "Resource Five" since the start of the 2006 season. Included was a streak of six-straight victories which was snapped in the 2012 season opener against Michigan State. The only other losses during that time have come to Washington (2007 and 2013) and Oregon State (2013). The Broncos are 11-20 all-time in such games.
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