Travel, weather, crowd to pose big challenges for Boise State in Thursday’s opener at UCF | National

BOISE — A cross-country trip, the Florida heat and humidity and a likely near-capacity crowd of 45,000 fans will make for a challenging season opener for the Boise State football team Thursday.

And that’s not even factoring in the quality of opponent in UCF.

While the Broncos will play one of the toughest teams on their schedule right out of the gate, a number of other factors will combine to make it maybe their most difficult task of the season.

“One of the main things we’re focused on is shredding the environment,” Boise State tight end Riley Smith said. “Knowing

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