Utah State vs. Boise State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 24
Game Time: 10:15 ET
Venue: Albertson’s Stadium, Boise ID
Utah State (10-1) vs. Boise State (9-2) Game Preview
What’s Going To Happen
The winner goes off to play Fresno State for the Mountain West title. The loser is in line for a decent bowl game.
No one saw Utah State coming, at least to be this good. On a ten-game winning streak, it got caught looking ahead a bit last week against Colorado State, surviving a called off Hail Mary to get the win and set up this showdown, keeping alive hopes of getting the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six slot.
Forgetting what happened in Fort Collins, Utah State is brutally efficient, scores in bunches, and doesn’t make the mistakes teams need to keep up the pace. The defense is fantastic at taking the ball away, and the offense is even better at capitalizing on the opportunities.
Versatile, the offense finds what’s working early on and sticks with it, but it’s the passing game that needs to open it up early on. The Broncos have a nasty defense, but it doesn’t pick off enough passes and it can get hit for the big play.
Utah State has to rise to the occasion.
But Boise State is used to this.
The program is used to getting everything thrown its way as the star of the conference – even with the success of San Diego State and Fresno State. At home, it’ll take its game up a few notches yet again, just like it did against Fresno State a few weeks ago.
The make-up is there. With a veteran quarterback in Brett Rypien keeping the chains moving – the Broncos are terrific on third downs – the time of possession will be tilted. Utah State will be effective, but the offense just won’t be on the field long enough.
The Boise State defensive front will generate the pressure to bother Love, and on the other side, the Aggies will get pounded on for the first time in a while. There won’t be massive yards, but just enough to make things easier for Rypien.
The Broncos will control the game enough to get back to dealing with Fresno State.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Boise State 27, Utah State 24
Line: Boise State -2.5, o/u: 67
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 4
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