San Jose State Spartans (4-0) at Boise State Broncos (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Albertsons Stadium)
The Line: Boise State Broncos -11.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boise State Broncos host San Jose State Spartans for a battle of top teams in Mountain West conference college football action from the Blue Turf of Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Saturday afternoon.
The San Jose State Spartans come into this game looking to remain unbeaten and also rested after their last game against Fresno State was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols. Nick Starkel has thrown for 980 yards, 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 70.1% passing while Nick Nash leads the Spartans in rushing with 177 rushing yards and Tyler Nevens and Kairee Robinson each have 100+ rushing yards this season. Bailey Gaither leads San Jose State’s receiving group with 27 grabs for 432 yards and 4 touchdowns while Tre Walker has 265 receiving yards and Derrick Deese Jr. and Isaiah Hamilton each have 100+ receiving yards with Deese Jr. recording 3 touchdown receptions this season. On defense, Kyle Harmon leads San Jose State with 52 total tackles including a team-high 31 solo tackles while Cade Hall has a team-high 5.5 sacks. Viliami Fehoko has 4 sacks while Tre Jenkins has a pair of interceptions for the Spartans this season.
The Boise State Broncos will look to build on their 4-0 conference record and 4-1 record overall after a 40-32 win over Hawaii last time out. Hank Bachmeier has thrown for 748 yards, 5 touchdowns and an interception on 65.5% passing while Andrew Van Buren leads the Broncos with 277 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground this season. Khalil Shakir has 114 rushing yards and George Holani has 105 rushing yards while Shakir leads Boise State in receiving with 38 grabs for 529 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns this season. CT Thomas has 312 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns and John Bates has 117 receiving yards as well for the Broncos on the year. On defense, Riley Whimpey leads the Broncos with 45 total tackles including a team-high 24 solo tackles while Shane Irwin has a team-high 5 sacks.
San Jose State is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 conference games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record. Boise State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. San Jose State is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get Boise State being favored at home as the Broncos just look like a different team on that blue turf and this is just a tough test for San Jose State. However, San Jose State’s been one of the pleasant surprises in the Mountain West this season and have already passed a huge test with a road win over a San Diego State team that’s very good defensively. I know there’s a week between games, but Boise State had to make the long trek back from Hawaii and travel like that messes up your body and it takes a while to reacclimate yourself back to normal surroundings and get rid of jet lag. Maybe I’m pulling at straws but it’s just a roundabout way of saying I like San Jose State with the points in this one.