Boise State is hosting BYU on Thursday night in one of the tougher games on the Broncos and their path to an undefeated regular season. Do not be fooled by BYU’s record of 4-3 as they have played a top-20 schedule and all of their loses have come by a combined seven points.
The big matchup in this game is the rushing attack between two of the nation’s running backs in Jamaal Williams of BYU and Jeremy McNichols of Boise State. Both are in the top five in rushing yards per game and each already have double-digit touchdowns.
Those two players likely will have good outings but they may not decide the outcome in this game. That could come down to quarterback play. BYU’s Taysom Hill is very capable of moving the ball downfield by extending plays and running. His passing game is based on shorter to intermediate passes with a nearly non-existent deep passing game. Hill averages just 6.3 yards per attempt and has only eight plays of 25 or more yards.
As for Brett Rypien, he is off to a good start and better in some categories as a true freshman but also behind a few from the year prior. Rypien has had great games like the New Mexico win but he has struggled in some games and specifically in the Washington State win where he threw three interceptions which are the only three he has thrown all year.
When: 8:15 p.m. MT
Where: Albertsons Stadium (36,387), Boise, Idaho
Radio: KBOI 670 AM/KTIK 93.1 FM
Weather: Low 60s to upper 50s, light wind
Odds: BSU favored by 7
All-time series: Boise State leads 4-2, and undefeated at home
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