Utah State (3-0) vs. Boise State (1-2)
- Kickoff: Saturday, 10 a.m. MDT
- Venue: Maverik Stadium (25,100 capacity)
- TV: CBS
- Livestream: CBS.com
- Radio: KZNS 1280 AM/97.5 FM
- Series: Boise State leads the all-time series 20-5, with the Broncos winning the last five games.
- Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the high 50s at kickoff.
For Utah State: The Aggies haven’t won in the series since beating Boise State 52-26 in Logan back in 2015, their only win over the Broncos in their past 18 meetings. Utah State would stay atop the Mountain West Conference’s Mountain Division standings with a win.
For Boise State: The Broncos would move back to .500 on the year with a victory, with losses to UCF and Oklahoma State sandwiched around a win over UTEP. Boise State is opening its conference slate in Logan.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Utah State has trailed by double digits in all three games this year, only to win all three. The Aggies have outscored their opposition 51-10 in the fourth quarter.
Boise State, meanwhile, has led by double digits in all three of its games this season, only to lose two of those contests by five points or less (36-31 to UCF and 21-20 to Oklahoma State).
The Aggies executed offensively last week in their 49-45 win at Air Force. Utah State turned all three of its red-zone opportunities into touchdowns and the offense was 14 of 21 on third down while rolling up 628 yards of total offense. The Aggies will need a similar type outing on that side of the ball to keep pace with Boise State; the Broncos have averaged 38.6 points per game in their five-game win streak over Utah State.
Calvin Tyler Jr., RB, Utah State: Tyler, the Oregon State transfer, has been a big part of the Aggies’ offense so far, rushing for a team-high 288 yards and four touchdowns. Boise State is struggling to stop the run this year, giving up 212.7 yards per game this season, which ranks 115th nationally. Tyler is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and ran for 132 yards and two scores in the win over Air Force. If he can get going again, that will help balance the Utah State offensive attack.
“We need it packed and loud and crazy. We need the student section on point, everything we can do to create a hostile environment for Boise coming in. We need help. Call all Aggie Nation to come out in huge numbers for an early Saturday kick. I love that we’re playing at home on an early Saturday morning — get up, eat breakfast and go play against a really good opponent.” — Utah State coach Blake Anderson.
“We understand what the standard is here and we are about meeting that standard each and every day. That’s where the consistency has to come into play. We’ve obviously shown flashes of what we’re capable of becoming, we just need to be way more consistent. ... The beautiful thing is, our goal is always about the conference, and that’s what’s right in front of us now. It’s time to lock in on that.” — Boise State coach Andy Avalos, per KTVB.
The Aggies host in-state rival BYU on Oct. 1 in nonconference action. The Broncos return home to host Nevada on Oct. 2.
UTAH STATE SCHEDULE
Sept. 4 — Utah State 26, Washington State 23
Sept. 10 — Utah State 48, North Dakota 24
Sept. 18 — Utah State 49, Air Force 45
Sept. 25 — Boise State (10 a.m., CBS)
Oct. 1 — BYU (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 9 — BYE
Oct. 16 — at UNLV (5 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 22 — Colorado State (7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 30 — Hawaii (1 p.m., Spectrum Sports)
Nov. 6 — at New Mexico State
Nov. 13 — at San Jose State (TBD, Fox Sports)
Nov. 20 — Wyoming (6 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 26 — at New Mexico (11 a.m., FS1)
All times MT