Preview: Utah State at Boise State

When: 10:15 PM ET, Saturday, November 29, 2014
Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho


Boise State hosts Utah State on Saturday in what turns out to be the Mountain West Conference's Mountain Division title game. Colorado State was in a three-way tie with the No. 25 Broncos and Aggies before dropping out of contention with a 27-24 loss at Air Force on Friday, so the Boise State-Utah winner will host the West Division champion in the MWC championship game next Saturday. Boise State has won seven straight games and 12 in a row at Broncos Stadium.

"The focus is on going 1-0 (this week) and I'm happy for our program, but we have to go out there and take care of business," Boise State coach Bryan Harsin told reporters. Utah State would love to get back to the championship game after losing to Fresno State 24-17 last season. The Aggies have overcome the loss of three quarterbacks to string together a five-game winning streak.

TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: Boise State -8.5

ABOUT UTAH STATE (9-3, 6-1 MWC): The Aggies boast the No. 1 scoring defense in the conference, which has kept opponents to 18.3 points per game and 26 touchdowns through 12 contests. Zach Vigil, a candidate for the league's defensive player of the year honors, ranks second in the MWC with eight sacks and has tallied 133 tackles while safety Frankie Sutera leads the conference with seven interceptions. Freshman quarterback Kent Myers has completed 73.4 percent of his passes and thrown for 639 yards and five touchdowns since he stepped in against UNLV on Oct. 25.

ABOUT BOISE STATE (9-2, 6-1): As fate would have it, the No. 1 scoring defense in the conference will be going up against the top-ranked scoring offense in Boise State, which averages 40 points. Grant Hederick leads the MWC in completion percentage (71.3) and has thrown for 3,041 yards and 20 touchdowns during his senior campaign. Running back Jay Ajayi has recorded six straight 100-yard games with multiple touchdowns in each (14 total), and added 92 yards receiving with a score in last week's 63-14 rout of Wyoming.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Boise State is 14-4 against Utah State with wins in the the last 11 meetings.

2. Ajayi leads the conference in rushing TDs (19) and has the most receiving TDs among Mountain West RBs (four).

3. The Aggies are 6-1 in Mountain West road games under Wells and have beaten 13 of their last 14 conference opponents on the road.

PREDICTION: Boise State 31, Utah State 28

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Utah State 9-3 W5 28.1 18.3 6-0 3-3 1-1 1-0 6-1
Boise State 9-2 W6 40.0 28.4 5-0 4-2 2-1 1-0 6-1

Last Meeting

Utah State Boise State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/12/13 BSU 34 USU 23 348 127 221 447 112 335

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
USU D. Garretson 64.3 116 1 2
BSU J. Southwick 68.2 335 2 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
USU R. Marshall 19 69 3.6 0
BSU J. Ajayi 22 109 5.0 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
USU T. Reynolds 5 142 28.4 0
BSU S. Williams-Rhodes 13 150 11.5 1
TDs Player TD
USU J. DeMartino 1
BSU J. Ajayi 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
USU D. Garretson 67.4 1140 8 3
BSU G. Hedrick 71.3 3041 20 13
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
USU L. Hunt 102 471 4.6 1
BSU J. Ajayi 278 1406 5.1 19
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
USU H. Sharp 61 898 14.7 7
BSU T. Sperbeck 34 599 17.6 2
TDs Player TD
USU J. Natson 7
BSU J. Ajayi 23

Quickchart Matchup

Utah State Off vs  Boise State Def
390.9 yards
372.2 yards
4.9 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
7.3 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt
Boise State Off vs  Utah State Def
514.8 yards
351 yards
4.9 yards/rush
3 yards/rush
8.7 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Utah State Overall Boise State
9-3-0 W/L 9-2-0
6-6-0 ATS 6-5-0
6-6-0 O/U 8-3-0
28.1 Pts For 40.0
18.3 Pts Against 28.4
Utah State A/H Boise State
3-3 W/L 5-0
4-2-0 ATS 3-2-0
2-4-0 O/U 4-1-0
20.7 Pts For 40.2
18.7 Pts Against 23.8