Every year, BYU and Boise State fans circle this game. Regardless of records or ranking, both teams want to come away with a victory. While the game may not have much at stake, a win can give either team the momentum needed to finish the season strong. Let’s look at what the Broncos need to do to come away with a victory over BYU.
When: Saturday 8:15 MT
Where: Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)
How to Watch: ESPN2
Let Rypien work his magic:
Rypien is having his best season at Boise State. Outside of San Diego State, he has not been rattled, and improved play by the offensive line has given him time to get it done. BYU has a formidable defense, but they are vulnerable in the passing game. Rypien will need another 300 yard game for the Broncos to come away with the victory.
Don’t abandon the run early:
The offensive line and Alexander Mattison got it done against Air Force and their highly ranked run defense. Mattison looked like he had an extra bounce in his step, and the offensive line did a great job opening holes. If Mattison can get anywhere near 100 yards against the Cougars, the Broncos should have no problem coming away with a victory.
How will BYU start at quarterback:
Will Wilson start? Or will the Cougars throw Tanner Mangum a bone and let him get the start in his own backyard?
Be disciplined on defense:
There isn’t a doubt in my mind that the Cougars are going to do everything in their power to run the ball effectively. If the Cougars can run the ball early, it will open things up for true freshman and former BSU commit, Zachary Wilson (or Mangum). If the Cougars can’t get the run game going, it will be a long night in Boise for BYU.
Hit the quarterback:
The Cougar offensive line struggled to get any push against NIU last week. BSU needs to capitalize on the youth that the Cougars are playing on offense and hit the quarterback early and often.
Vegas Line: Boise State -14
Playing a bad offense can be the best remedy for a struggling defense. That will be the case for the Broncos on Saturday night as they come away with a fairly convincing victory. Boise State 28-BYU 10.