EAST LANSING, Mich. -- KTVB's live coverage from Michigan continues with an exclusive story featuring insight from two of Boise State's top former players, now in the NFL.
On Friday, the 24th ranked Boise State football team will take on the 13th ranked Michigan State Spartans. While it's obvious that BSU is going to be the underdog team in Friday's game, fans shouldn't lose hope.
That's because according to recent history, the Broncos excel at scoring come-from-behind victories.
That's just what BSU did to beat the Oregon Ducks in 2009. In 2010, the Broncos did the same thing when they took down Virginia Tech. Continuing that theme, BSU upset a powerhouse Georgia team in game no. 1 of the regular season in 2011.
Many ask just how Boise State manages to consistently beat higher-ranked teams on the road. We turned to two former Broncos who happen to play for the Detroit Lions and asked the same question.
Here's what Kellen Moore and Titus Young have to say:
"We usually have a lot of time to prepare for the first games of the season, and Coach Chris Petersen does a great job of preparing us and letting us know what to expect," Young said.
"I think it comes down to practice," Moore said. "It's what they've always preached there. We'll practice the play -- we'll practice in an environment that'll create crowd noise, just be comfortable with all of that stuff so they'll be ready for all that's gonna be thrown at them."
Young added: "The basic focus is to out-prepare your opponent, so every single day we took it one-day-at-a-time, and I'm pretty sure those guys are doing the same thing right now."
Moore's explanation should be familiar to anyone who happened to walk by Bronco Stadium this week. That's because the Broncos were obviously trying to crank-up the volume at practice, conditioning players for what they'll face at Spartan Stadium.
That includes 75,000-plus fans who will be in attendance cheering for the downfall of the Broncos.
However, two very high-profile Bronco fans will be sporting blue and orange in that sea of Spartan green and white. That's because Moore and Young say they both plan to be in attendance at Friday's game. Young even said they two plan to car-pool together.
Just a reminder: the Bronco / Spartan game will be televised on ESPN, but will only be available on cable and satellite.
Fans can also watch the game at Boise State for free. That's because BSU is hosting a "Game Day at the SUB" viewing party in the first-floor dining area in the Student Union Building.