Boise State's Peterson talks Michigan State, Miami

Boise State head coach Chris Peterson called his team's play on offense "below average" in the Broncos' season opening 17-13 loss against Michigan State Aug. 31 in East Lansing, Mich.

The loss was the school's first season-opening defeat in seven years with the last one coming at Georgia in 2005.

"They're good on defense, but we had a chance to make a couple plays and couldn't do it," Peterson said. "Our defense played hard, got some turnovers, but they were on the field too much."

One player Peterson would like to see improve is quarterback Joe Southwick. The junior completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards with no TDs and an interception.

"He was OK," the coach said about Southwick. "That's the problem. We need better than OK. That's kind of where we are there."

As for the Broncos' rushing attack, it was pretty much non-existent. They ran the ball 24 times for only 37 yards.

"We were very disappointed in terms of starting with that area of our game," the coach said. "We just did nothing there. I don't even think our backs had a chance to do much."

Overall, Boise State has a young team this season. The Broncos are still trying to figure out what kind of team they are.

"We are a work in progress," Peterson said.

In a perfect world, the coach said he would like to be 50-50 run vs. pass, but they'll take it game by game and see where they're at as the season progresses.

This week, Boise State will no doubt be prepared to play the RedHawks, as it has had plenty of time to get ready for Saturday's game.  

"It seems like it has been forever since we've played," Peterson said about the 15 days in between games. "It's not ideal for us. I think once you start, you want to go play and work out some kinks and see what you got. We're anxious to go play again for sure."

Miami departs for Idaho on Friday and will kickoff at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

Boise State is not ranked, but is receiving the most points of any school outside the AP Top 25. The Broncos are a 21-point favorite vs. Miami.

Peterson didn't say much about the RedHawks other than he has respect for their program and he thinks they have a good quarterback and wide receivers with a solid group of veteran defenders.