Teams: Boise State & East Carolina
Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Miles Traveled By Each Team: Boise St.(2,835), East Carolina(4,861)
Related Cereal: Dorset's Tasty, Toasted Spelt(Hey, it contains pineapple. When you're in Hawaii you've got to have pineapple.)
Breakdown: Boise State heads to Oahu with the #29 ranked rushing offense(192yds/gm, 34TD's), and the #22 ranked passing offense(283yds/gm, 32TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #10 in the nation. On defense, the Broncos' defense is ranked #24 against the run(114yds/gm, 16TD's), and #37 against the pass(211yds/gm, 16TD's). Their total defense is ranked #21, and surrenders an average of 326yds/gm and has allowed 33 total touchdowns.
Their opponent, East Carolina, comes into the game with the #38 ranked rush attack(171yds/gm, 25TD's), and the #75 ranked passing offense(206yds/gm, 20TD's). Their total offense is ranked #71. The Pirates' defense is ranked #53 against the rush(145yds/gm, 14TD's), and #115 against the pass(290yds/gm, 24TD's). Their total defense is ranked #98, and allows an average of 436yds/gm and has given up 43 total touchdowns.
Signature Wins: Boise St.-Wyoming(Start of a nine game win streak). East Carolina-UCF(A solid win over the C-USA champs).
Common Opponents: Southern Miss. Boise St. defeated the Golden Eagles 38-16. East Carolina lost to them 21-28.
Prediction: Boise State's offense should prove to be too much for East Carolina to handle. Their rush defense gives up a good amount of yardage, and Boise State should be able to pretty much run at will. Look for Ian Johnson to put up good numbers, and for the Broncos to win, 42-21.