Boise State Vs. BYU: An Early Look

September 15, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson (13) drops back to pass during the second half against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah defeated Brigham Young, 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Here is your first look at the BYU Cougars who are traveling to take on the Boise St. Broncos on Thursday night.

GAME: BYU at Boise State
WHERE: Broncos Stadium, Boise, Idaho
DATE/TIME: Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. MT
TV: ESPN and WatchESPN.
TICKETS: Right here, and after BYU's loss to Utah, prices have come down. So for those procrastinator, waiting pays off.

This game is the first of a lengthy series that BYU and Boise State have agreed to, so get used to this game.

BYU at a glance, but nearly everyone is familiar with the Cougars since they were in the Mountain West for about a decade.

CONFERENCE: Independent
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2012 SEASON: 2-1, with wins over Washington State and Weber State, lost a close one to rival Utah last week, and here is how it ended:



SB NATION BLOG: None for Cal Poly, but Cowboy Altitude has more about this game.

COACH: Bronco Mendenhall is in his eighth year at BYU and has a record of 68-25. He preaches execution all day long and truly believes if his team runs his plays like they should then they will be successful.

KEY OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: I guess I will say quarterback Riley Nelson, he is a gutsy, ra-ra guy and has a motor for legs. However, he is impatient in his reads and likes to run early. He will make some big plays, but he also will make some odd throws. The real playmaker on their offense is wide receiver Cody Hoffman, who is one of the best receivers in the country, and will have over 100 yards on Thursday. There is also running back Mike Alisa, who should be a star if the offense gave him the ball on a consistent basis. He could possibly do what Le'Von Bell did against Boise State, if he gets the carries.

KEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Linebacker Kyle Van Noy is a stud and will be heading into the NFL once he leaves BYU. This is someone that the Boise State offensive line must keep an eye on the entire game.

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