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Boise State heads down to Mississippi to take on a struggling Southern Miss team on Saturday.
The Boise State Broncos have won three straight games heading into their matchup against the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles in Hattiesburg. However, the Broncos have looked shaky at times during that streak, and should be on alert against a Southern Miss team that pushed Louisville all the way to the edge last Saturday.
The biggest problem for Boise has been the offense, which currently ranks 72nd in the nation in total offense and 98th in scoring offense. The struggles haven't been unexpected, though, as losing Kellen Moore and Doug Martin in one offseason would set any program back a bit. Joe Southwick has shown signs of being a good quarterback, but will need to continue his progression if the Broncos want to get back to the lofty perch they've occupied for years.
The Southern Miss offense has struggled mightily this year, which bodes well for Boise's defense. The Eagles are 117th in the nation in scoring offense and 123rd in total offense, which is the second worst in the FBS. Three different players have already played quarterback for them, and none have performed well. Freshman Ricky Lloyd started in their last game against Louisville after Chris Campbell and Anthony Alford were injured, and went 2-for-8 for 25 yards. Boise State has the fifth-ranked pass defense in the nation, so it's unlikely Southern Miss will break out of their offensive funk this week.
Boise opened this game as a 9½-point favorite, but the line has already shifted to 11 or 11½, depending on where you look.
Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. MT from Hattisburg, Miss.