Boise State suffered a discouraging loss to Wyoming last weekend and the No. 24 Broncos attempt to bounce back when they host San Jose State on Friday in Mountain West play. The 30-28 setback makes Boise State a long shot for the Cotton Bowl bid that goes to the top team from a non-power conference because the Broncos would have to make up two games on the Cowboys just to reach the conference title game.
Boise State allowed a season worst for points against Wyoming and the players were adamant that they will rebound from the painful outcome. “It’s time to move on,” sophomore defensive end Durrant Miles told reporters. “Obviously, we can’t go back and change it, as much as we’d love to, but all we can do is move forward.” Boise State is tied for 122nd in turnover margin — committing 13, forcing just four — while the Spartans have gone 12 consecutive quarters without committing a miscue. “It’s no coincidence we’ve won the turnover battle the last three weeks and won two of those three games,” San Jose State coach Ron Caragher said. “We always preach to our guys that we need to protect the football. I’ll take a sack any day over just throwing the football up for grabs. That’s a streak we’re going to look to build upon.”
TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2.
LINE HISTORY: The line opened at Boise State -28 and has been bet up as high as -29 while the total has held at 57.5. Follow the complete line history, here.
San Jose State – CB Cameron Smith (shoulder, questionable), RB Thomas Tucker (concussion, questionable), RB Brandon Monroe (concussion, questionable)
Boise State – UT Gabe Perez (shoulder, out for season), Skyler Seibold (knee, out for season),
WEATHER REPORT: Sunny skies are expected for kickoff at Albertans Stadium, with a 0 percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-60s.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE (3-6 SU, 3-5 ATS, 3-5 O/U): The Spartans are averaging 23.1 points per game with senior quarterback Kenny Potter passing for 1,544 yards and 11 touchdowns against six interceptions. Potter has two reliable targets as senior receiver Tim Crawley has caught 34 passes for 389 yards while sophomore wideout Tre Hartley stretches the field with 33 receptions for 572 yards. San Jose State is giving up 35.1 points per game – it has allowed 34 or more points seven times – but has a couple standouts in junior cornerback Andre Chachere (team-high three interceptions) and senior defensive end Nick Oreglia (team-best 8 1/2 tackles for losses).
ABOUT BOISE STATE (7-1 SU, 2-6 ATS, 2-6 O/U): Sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien has passed for 2,359 yards and 15 touchdowns but three of his six interceptions have come in the past two games. Junior Jeremy McNichols leads the nation with 18 total touchdowns (14 rushing, four receiving) and ranks sixth nationally with 1,058 rushing yards while senior receiver Thomas Sperbeck is excelling with 55 catches for 890 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior weak-side linebacker Ben Weaver has a team-best 72 tackles after matching his career high of 16 against Wyoming and sophomore defensive tackle David Moa has a team-leading 6 1/2 sacks.
* Spartans are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games.
* Broncos are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record
* Under is 5-1 in Spartans last 6 games on field turf
* Under is 6-1 in Broncos last 7 games vs. a team with a losing record
* Favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings
COVERS CONSENSUS: The Broncos are the team of choice in this one, with 61 percent of Covers users taking Boise State -29. 73 percent of Covers users taking the over.