BYU (4-3) at No. 14 Boise State (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West), 10:15 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Boise State by 7
Series Record: Boise State leads 4-2
WHAT’S AT STAKE
BYU, with three Power 5 wins, may be the most difficult game remaining on Boise State’s schedule. The Broncos have their eyes on a perfect record and an invitation to the College Football Playoff.
The Cougars remain in an odd place as an independent. BYU is out of the playoff race and has no conference in which to win a title. The Cougars are already contracted for the Poinsettia Bowl if they aren’t selected to a New Year’s Six bowl, as long as they’re bowl eligible.
Boise State has the No. 23 scoring defense in the nation, allowing 19.3 points per game. It also gives up just 142.3 rushing yards per game. That will be tested by BYU running back Jamaal Williams, the No. 2 rusher in the nation with 942 yards. He’s also tied for No. 4 with 10 rushing touchdowns and set the school career rushing record at 3,468 last week.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
BYU: S Kai Nacua. The senior is tied for the nation high with five interceptions in seven games. His 13 career interceptions are the most by a BYU player since 2000.
Boise State: QB Brett Rypien. The sophomore is No. 28 in the nation with 270.3 passing yards per game. He’s thrown 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions with a 62.2 completion percentage.
FACTS & FIGURES
Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols is the reigning MWC player of the week after posting a career-high 217 rushing yards last week on a school-record 40 carries. … This will be the fourth game in 20 days for Boise State. … Six of BYU’s games have been decided by seven points or less. The three losses were by a combined seven points. … Boise State is the first ranked team BYU has played this season. The Cougars are 7-16 against ranked teams since 2005. … BYU is No. 14 in the country with a 49.04 third-down completion percentage.