Boise State vs. Washington State: How To Watch, Stream, Odds, More
The Broncos have a chance to upset the Cougars.
You will want to stay up late to watch this game
Boise State goes on the road for the first time this year as they take on No. 20 ranked Washington State. The big question on every Broncos fans mind is what is going on with the offense, and specifically at quarterback with Brett Rypien and Montell Cozart.
When: 10:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 9
Where: Martin Stadium; Pullman, Washington
Live stream: Watch ESPN
Line: WSU -10.0 O/U: 58.5
Both played last week in the Broncos win over Troy, but the offense moved better with Cozart and he also had the only passing touchdown in the game. Each quarterback is taking it in stride and share a common goal of playing their best.
“I always have to play good no matter what, whether Montell was here or not. I still have to play good because we need to win,” Rypien said via the Idaho Statesman. “That’s something I think I’ve always dealt with here. I can’t really focus on the external factors. I have to focus on the day-to-day process and getting myself better from Week 1 to Week 2.”
Splitting time does have some issues in getting into a grove.
“It’s definitely tough, but I feel like when two guys have a great relationship and are able to talk, share what they see on the field, I feel it can help a little bit,” Cozart said. “You’ve always got to stay ready, because anything can happen. I definitely feel like it’s a little tough, you can’t get into a rhythm maybe, or coming off the bench cold. When the opportunity presents itself, you’ve just got to go out there and handle it.”
If Boise State keeps winning then it doesn’t really matter and this game against Washington State will test that. The Broncos are a 10-point underdog and that amount is the most that Boise State has been spotted since their 2008 opener against Oregon, which the Broncos won.
Also, the last time that Boise State has even been an underdog one would have to go back to the 2014 Fiesta Bowl where they were 2.5-point underdogs to Arizona, once again Boise State won.
If the Broncos are going to get the win they will need that offense to be a lot better to keep up with a Luke Falk-led passing attack. There needs to be consistency moving the ball and reduce the amount of penalties which seemed to happen all too often in their opener. They only had seven for 47 yards but the offense sputtered with those and also just being stopped too often.
Whether it is Rypien or Cozart the offense needs to be able to run the ball better with Alexander Mattison and Ryan Wolpin. It would help if offensive line were to make a huge jump from Game 1 to Game 2 and allow this offense to be more explosive.
Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, and others, were stuck with crossing and over the middle routes, but maybe this week the offense will open up with a bit more of a vertical game to mix things up.
The big matchup is the Broncos defense which shut down a very good Troy quarterback in Brandon Silvers who was only 17 of 33 for 139 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. The Cougars’ Falk is a different beast because of how much they will throw in the Air-Raid.
Even though Falk threw 71(!) times last year against Boise State, look for the Cougars running attack to possibly be the difference in this game. Historically a Leach offense has had success from the backfield.
“I don’t know if it’s evolved or not,” Leach said. “You feature the players you have. Back in the Big 12, our running backs would lead the conference or in the top two or three as far as production. It really hasn’t changed a lot.”
Special teams could be a game-changer as Boise State had a huge performance from Avery Williams who had an 81-yard punt return and averaged 28.67 per return.
If the Broncos do come away with a victory they almost will assured to be in the top 25 heading into Week 3.