NCAAF Games of the Year: Boise State road dogs at BYU
Odds are out for the biggest games of the college football season. Covers Expert Will Rogers gives you his insight into some of the marquee matchups and predicts where the odds could move before kickoff.
NCAAF Week 9: Boise State Broncos at BYU Cougars (-3)
Past history: Boise State 3-0 SU since 2003. Won 7-6 (-6) last Year.
Early look at Boise State: The Broncos are considered to be non-AQ royalty, but this year they will not be the favorites to win the Mountain West - a first since joining the conference four years ago. That distinction instead belongs to Fresno State, which will host Boise State on Friday, September 20. Last year saw the Broncos lose multiple games for the first time in five seasons. A tough schedule this year should again result in multiple losses, but BSU easily can still find its way to the inaugural MWC Championship Game.
Early look at BYU: The Cougars' first season as a FBS independent resulted in an 8-5 campaign. That independent status automatically ensures another difficult schedule, but with the exception of Notre Dame, this is probably the strongest independent program in the country. With eight starters returning on the offensive side of the ball, there will be a scheme change to a faster tempo with Robert Anae making his return to Provo to take over again as offensive coordinator. On defense, there are only four returning starters but that unit should still be strong.
Where this line will move: This is interesting. Boise State is going to be more off the radar than it has been in previous seasons. There’s a good chance it will come in with at least one loss here, but BYU should have one or two as well. A lot will be contingent on how the Cougars do in their previous three games (at Utah State, Georgia Tech, at Houston).