No. 10 BYU (5-0) vs. Boise State (2-3)


For BYU... The Cougars have won the matchup against the Broncos in two consecutive seasons. A victory Saturday would match the three-game win streak Boise State put together in the series from 2016-2018. The Broncos also won three straight meetings that were played in 2003, 2004 and 2012.

For Boise State... At 2-3, the Broncos are off to their worst start in 20 years. In 2001, they started 2-3 before reeling off three straight wins and finishing 8-4. That was the start of a stretch that saw the program win 44 of its next 48 games.

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Storyline No. 1 is who will start at quarterback for the Cougars out of Jaren Hall, Baylor Romney and Jacob Conover, but beyond that, there’s still uncertainty about how good this Boise State team is.

Are the Broncos really not very good, or should BYU be on high alert for what would still be considered an upset even though Boise State generally has a higher national profile than the Cougars?


Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State

BYU knows all about Shakir after he hauled in 10 catches for 139 yards with two touchdowns in the teams’ matchup a year ago, and this season, he’s been one of the best receivers in the entire country. His 518 receiving yards rank him 10th in the nation, and he’s got four touchdowns.

Boise State wide receiver Khalil Shakir (2) runs with the ball against Oklahoma State
Boise State wide receiver Khalil Shakir (2) runs with the ball against Oklahoma State during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Boise, Idaho. Oklahoma State won 21-20. | Steve Conner, Associated Press


“I really have appreciated the consistency of playing Boise every year, and I appreciate their fan base and their program, just the way they do things. I think it is a first-class organization, from the university to the athletics department to the football team. I respect them a bunch, and we are looking forward to this matchup.” — BYU head coach Kalani Sitake.

“You put them all together, and you prepare to face an offense that has ability to be explosive down the field in the pass game, has the ability to move the line of scrimmage and you face an offense that has the ability to have a quarterback (put up a) run number, and so that’s the way we gotta be prepared so we are squared away for any situations that may pop up.” — Boise State head coach Andy Avalos on BYU’s quarterbacks.


BYU will play its first true road game outside of Utah next Saturday at Baylor, while Boise State will return home to face Air Force on that same day.


Sept. 4 — BYU 24, Arizona 16

Sept. 11 — BYU 26, Utah 17

Sept. 18 — BYU 27, Arizona State 17

Sept. 25 — BYU 35, USF 27

Oct. 1 — BYU 34, Utah State 20

Oct. 9 — vs. Boise State (1:30 p.m., ABC)

Oct. 16 — at Baylor (1:30 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2)

Oct. 23 — at Washington State

Oct. 30 — vs. Virginia

Nov. 6 — vs. Idaho State (1 p.m., BYUtv)

Nov. 13 — BYE

Nov. 20 — at Georgia Southern (2 p.m., TV TBD)

Nov. 27 — at USC

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