Boise State Broncos (5-1) at San Jose State Spartans (6-0)
College Football: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 4:15 pm (Sam Boyd Stadium)
The Line: San Jose State Spartans +6.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boise State Broncos face off with the San Jose State Spartans the Mountain West Conference Championship game from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon.
The San Jose State Spartans make their first trip to the Mountain West title game after finishing the year with a 6-0 record to finish atop the Mountain West conference standings. Nick Starkel has thrown for 1,463 yards, 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 56.3% passing while Tyler Nevens leads the Spartans in rushing with 454 rushing yards and 5 scores and Kairee Robinson has 246 rushing yards this season. Bailey Gaither leads San Jose State’s receiving group with 36 grabs for 627 yards and 4 touchdowns while Tre Walker has 31 catches for 409 yards and 3 scores and Derrick Deese Jr. and Isaiah Hamilton each have 100+ receiving yards with Deese Jr. logging 4 receiving touchdowns as well. On defense, Kyle Harmon leads the Spartans with 67 total tackles including a team-high 41 solo tackles while Tre Jenkins has a pair of interceptions. Cade Hall leads San Jose State with 8 sacks while Viliami Fehoko has 5 sacks for the Spartans’ defense this year.
The Boise State Broncos make the conference championship game for a record 6th time and 4th straight year hoping for a 4th conference title game win and 3rd in the last 4 seasons after finishing the year with a 5-1 record. Hank Bachmeier has thrown for 929 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 picks on 66.1% passing while Andrew Van Buren leads the Broncos in rushing with 356 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. Khalil Shakir has a team-high 46 catches for 634 yards and 6 touchdowns while CT Thomas has 17 grabs for 322 yards. On defense, Riley Whimpey leads the Broncos with 54 total tackles while Shane Irwin has a team-high 6 sacks on the year.
San Jose State is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games as an underdog while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Boise State is is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in December while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Boise State is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get Boise State being favored because of their history, experience and pedigree of a consistent spot in the Mountain West title game. However, San Jose State was anything but a pushover this entire season and I just think that this is a case of too many points even for a title game. Two of the last three title games were decided by a field goal and I think that’s the case here. Give me San Jose State and the points in this one.