The Boise State Broncos have come back to national relevance. The 5-0 Broncos are now ranked as the #15 team in the country. With no Power 5 teams on the schedule, the Broncos will without a doubt have to go undefeated to have any chance at a big-time bowl game. They will continue their campaign for an undefeated season this week as they welcome the 3-3 Colorado State Rams to Idaho this weekend.
The Broncos have dominated everyone in their path, as they have outscored their opponents 184-93 so far this season. For the Rams, their weakness has been their defense, as they have shown the ability to put up points but unable to stop their opponents, being outscored 172-149.
This game will be each team’s third game against a Mountain West opponent. The Broncos have beaten MWC opponents in their previous two games, beating the Utah State Aggies 21-10 at home and then the New Mexico Lobos 49-21. The Rams lost to the Wyoming Cowboys 38-17 but then rebounded with a comeback 31-24 win against Utah State.
The Broncos should be able to handle the Rams with little problem. The Broncos essentially have the same exact cast coming back after last year’s 41-10 victory against the Rams in Colorado. In last year’s matchup, Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien threw for 339 and one touchdown on the Rams’ defense, while Jeremy McNichols ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams also couldn’t stop Broncos’ wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck, recording 178 yards and two touchdowns on only five receptions.
Rypien, McNichols, and Sperbeck are all leading the team in the Broncos’ offensive categories. Rams head coach Mike Bobo went with true freshman quarterback Collin Hill to start the season, after having split quarterbacks last season. Hill has been very productive for the Rams, throwing for 1,096 yards and eight touchdowns, while also adding a touchdown on the ground. Unfortunately for Hill and the Rams, he suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season. Last year’s starter Nick Stevens will return as the team’s starter. Stevens went completed six throws for 80 yards in last year’s matchup, who split time with Coleman Key.
Rypien should be able to have full control of this game from the start. He is coming off his best game of the season, completing 21 of 28 passes for 391 yards and five touchdowns.
The Broncos should easily handle the Rams in this matchup. Their offense is stronger than last year and they are playing like a top team in the country. The injury to Hill does not do any favors for Colorado State. If the Broncos have any playoff aspirations, they must handle their business without question against the Rams.