No. 21 Boise State vs. No. 9 BYU
Line: BYU -3
Where: Albertsons Stadium
When: Friday, 11/6, at 9:45 p.m. ET
Friday nights aren’t generally known for having great college football games, but this week is the
No. 9 BYU and No. 21 Boise State are set to play in a game with massive implications on both
sides. The Cougars are trying to prove their validity on the national stage, while the Broncos are
hoping to notch a premier win that could land them in a New Year’s Six bowl game down the
BYU opened as a 3-point road favorite and the line has not budged. There has been some slight
movement on the total, as it opened at 59 and bumped up to 61 by Thursday morning, depending on the
These teams played a close game in 2019 — the Cougars came away with a 28-25 win as 7-point
home underdogs. The game flew ‘over’ the listed total of 44.5. Boise State had a pair of
turnovers play a critical role in the loss.
BYU has breezed through its schedule so far this season, starting with a 55-3 beatdown against
Navy. The Cougars have only had one close call — a 27-20 win against UTSA in early October.
They have had no issues since then, blowing out Houston, Texas State and Western Kentucky.
Their fan base has had this game circled on the schedule all season. BYU’s final two games of
the regular season will be against North Alabama and San Diego State.
Quarterback Zach Wilson has completed 74.6 percent of his passes for 2,152 yards and 19
touchdowns. He does an excellent job of taking care of the ball, only throwing two interceptions.
Wilson leads an offense that comes in at No. 6 in the FBS in yards per game with 527.7 and he
has the next-best Heisman Trophy odds behind Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones and Justin Fields.
Junior wide receiver Dax Milne has caught 42 passes for 706 yards and six touchdowns. Gunner
Romney has chipped in 26 receptions for 515 yards and two scores. Sophomore running back
Tyler Allgeier is averaging 6.5 yards per attempt on 91 carries.
BYU has also had a solid season on defense, ranking No. 9 in yards allowed per game with
281.3. The Cougars held Western Kentucky to 262 yards in their last game.
Boise State has picked up a pair of blowout wins to open the season after the Mountain West
delayed the start until late October. The Broncos have covered the spread in both wins and will
be underdogs on Friday for just the second time in their last 15 games.
The top story for the team is the quarterback position. Starter Hank Bachmeier missed last
week’s game against Air Force for an undisclosed reason. He is officially listed as ‘questionable’
for this game.
USC transfer Jack Sears will start if Bachmeier is held out again. Sears completed 17 of 20
passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns last week. He also rushed for a touchdown.
Sophomore George Holani and junior Andrew Van Buren have split time at running back.
Holani is averaging 6.6 yards per carry, while Van Buren is at 4.8 yards per attempt.
Holani suffered a first-quarter injury last week and is ‘questionable’ for this game. Junior wide
receiver Khalil Shakir leads the team with 13 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
BYU has covered at a 5-1-1 ATS clip in its last seven games and is 4-1 ATS in its last five games
against Boise State. The Broncos have covered in five of their last seven games and are on a 6-0
ATS streak at home.
The Pick: BYU -3
There are fewer question marks with BYU this week. The Cougars have talent across the field
and have been looking forward to this game all season. They have a chance to make a statement
in a nationally-televised game and this could be their last real opportunity to show the College
Football Playoff committee that they are legit. Boise State might have to turn to its backup
quarterback again and could be without its starting running back. BYU has been excellent
against the Broncos, springing the upset last season. The Cougars are favored this year and
should be able to grab the win and cover on Friday night.