Boise State (5-1, 2-0) at Utah State (3-2, 2-0)
When: Friday, October 16th, 2015
Where: Maverik Stadium, Logan, UT
Time: 9:00 ET
TV: CBSN Radio: XM 202
There might not be a hotter team in College Football right now then the Boise State Broncos. They’ve scored over 40 points in each of their last four games and have outscored their opponents in those games 204-24. Now, they’ll face their biggest obstacle in trying to win another Mountain West Conference title when they visit Utah State. The Broncos are led by freshman quarterback Brett Rypien who has pumped life into the offense by completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,057 yards, 7 touchdowns and only 1 interception. Wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes has caught a team-best 35 passes and moved into third place on the school career receptions list with 205. The Broncos may be without running back Jeremy McNichols, who suffered a head injury in last Saturday’s victory over Colorado State. McNichols has scored a nation-best 14 touchdowns through six games while rushing for a team-high 485 yards. Boise’s defense is ranked 5th nationally in yards allowed and 2nd against the run.
Utah State is coming off a 56-14 route at Fresno State in which sophomore QB Kent Myers threw for 260 yards and a touchdown and the Aggies rushed for 201 yards while holding the Bulldogs to only 194 yards. The Aggies defense intercepted Fresno State three times and are now ranked 17th in the Nation in total defense. They have forced 10 turnovers (5 fumbles, 5 interceptions) over their last three games and are led by junior inside linebacker Nick Vigil, who has 52 tackles and junior safety Devin Centers with two interceptions. Myers is 7-1 as a starter, and has completed 65.2 percent of his passes this season. He took over for senior Chuckie Keeton who is out the rest of the year with a knee injury.
Boise State is just playing out of their minds right now on both offense and defense. This line seems about right. Utah State will play tough and probably keep it close for a half, but the Broncos should easily put this one away in the second half.
Pick: Boise State -9.5