LARAMIE – Boise State’s game at Oklahoma State was the top matchup of the Mountain West nonconference schedule before the season started.
And nothing has happened to change that.
The No. 17-ranked Broncos meet the 24th-ranked Cow-boys at 1:30 p.m. today in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in one of only three games matching Top 25 teams.
The other two – No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU in Arlington, Texas, and No. 7 Auburn at No. 12 LSU – will probably garner more national attention. But neither may live up to the show that BSU and OSU could put together.
Boise State (2-0) and Oklahoma State (2-0) both score a lot of points and put up a lot of yards.
OSU is ranked third in the nation in total offense at 675.5 yards per game, while Boise State is fourth at 617.5. The Broncos are fifth in points scored at 59.0 per game with the Cowboys eighth at 56.5.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy compared Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien to some of the top nonconference quarterbacks the Cowboys have played through the years.
“Arizona was good with Nick Foles,” Gundy said. “He’s a Super Bowl winning quarterback. We played Georgia here. (Matt) Stafford is another NFL starter. This team (Boise State) is every bit as good as they were.
“I don’t think I need to say a lot (to his team) about Boise State. They have very good players and are traditionally a top-20 team.”
The Broncos came into this season with the hopes of being in the hunt for a New Year’s Six bowl game, and a win today would be a must in that regard.
But with the toughest part of their schedule coming up – the Broncos have a road game at the University of Wyoming in two weeks, followed by a home game against San Diego State – BSU could even be in the hunt for more than a lucrative bowl game come early December.
Utah State beat Tennessee Tech 73-12 at home Thursday to start the weekend.
Here’s a look at the Mountain West schedule for today:
Hawaii at Army
Game: 10 a.m., Michie Stadium, West Point, New York (CBSSN)
Records: Rainbow Warriors 3-0; Black Knights 1-1
Series: Hawaii leads 3-0
Notable: Hawaii is trying to extend its best start to a season since going 12-0 in 2007. … Today’s game marks the second-longest road trip for the Rainbow Warriors in the continental U.S. at 4,955 miles. The only one longer was a 5,006-mile trip to Maine in 2017. … Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald has thrown 120 career passes without throwing an interception.
No. 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State
Game: 1:30 p.m., Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma (ESPN)
Records: Broncos 2-0; Cowboys 2-0
Series: First meeting
Notable: Today’s game will be the first regular-season meeting with a Big 12 team for Boise State. BSU is 2-1 against Big 12 opponents, all in bowl games. … The Broncos are 13-16 all-time against ranked opponents and 3-11 when playing ranked teams on the road. … Boise State outgained Connecticut by 625 yards last week. It’s the fourth-largest gap in a game between FBS teams since 2000.
Colorado State at Florida
Game: 2 p.m., Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla. (SEC)
Records: Rams 2-1, 0-1 MW; Gators 1-1, 0-1 SEC
Series: First meeting
Notable: Today’s game marks the second consecutive against a Southeastern Conference foe for CSU. The Rams rallied to beat Arkansas 34-27 last Saturday in Fort Collins. … The Rams rank 10th in the FBS in passing offense at 369.0 yards per game. … CSU kicker Wyatt Bryan became the school’s all-time leading scorer in Saturday’s game, passing running back Steve Bartalo. Bryan has scored 300 points.
San Jose State at No. 20 Oregon
Game: 3 p.m., Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon (Pac-12)
Records: Spartans 0-2; Ducks 2-0
Series: Oregon leads 12-6
Notable: This will be the first meeting of these two teams since 1998. In that game, SJSU quarterback Marcus Arroyo, now the Oregon offensive coordinator, started as a freshman. … SJSU’s last win over a ranked opponent came in 2013 against No. 16 Fresno State in a 62-52 shootout. … SJSU will continue to play two quarterbacks in Josh Love and Montel Aaron. Aaron has thrown for 348 yards this season and Love 109.
Oregon State at Nevada
Game: 5 p.m., Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nevada (ESPN3)
Records: Beavers 1-1; Wolf Pack 1-1
Series: Oregon State leads 3-0
Notable: Nevada has a 15-60-5 record against teams from the Pac-12. … The Wolf Pack’s 72 points last week against Portland State are the most for the program at home since putting up the same number against North Texas in 1991. … OSU freshman running back Jermar Jefferson tied a single-game record by scoring four touchdowns in the Beavers’ win over Southern Utah last week.
New Mexico at New Mexico State
Game: 6 p.m., Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Records: Lobos 1-1; Aggies 0-3
Series: New Mexico leads 70-33-5
Notable: The Lobos are coming off Saturday’s 45-14 loss at No. 5-ranked Wisconsin, where New Mexico was in the game into the third quarter. But the Lobos also lost their top two quarterbacks during the game to injury. Starter Tevaka Tuioti has been ruled out for today with a concussion. … Today’s game will be the third in four weeks for the Aggies against an MW team. Wyoming beat NMSU 29-7 to open the season, and the Aggies lost 60-13 last week at Utah State.
Prairie View at UNLV
Game: 8 p.m., Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas (MW Network)
Records: Panthers 1-2; Rebels 1-1
Series: UNLV leads 1-0
Notable: Today’s game marks the first time since 1999 UNLV will play teams from Texas back to back. The Rebels beat Texas-El Paso 52-24 last week. … UNLV ranks second in the nation in rushing at 361 yards a game behind only Georgia Tech (429).
No. 23 Arizona State at San Diego State
Game: 8:30 p.m., SDCCU Stadium, San Diego (CBSSN)
Records: Sun Devils 2-0; Aztecs 1-1
Series: Arizona State leads 10-1-1
Notable: SDSU beat ASU 30-20 last season in Tempe, Arizona. The teams will do another home-and-home in 2027-28. … SDSU junior Juwan Washington ranks second in the nation in rushing at 156.0 yards per game. … Aztecs starting quarterback Christian Chapman will be out from 3-5 weeks after suffering a knee injury last week.
Fresno State at UCLA
Game: 8:30 p.m., Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California (FS1)
Records: Bulldogs 1-1; Bruins 0-2
Series: UCLA leads 6-2
Notable: Fresno State has beaten UCLA the past two meetings in 2008 and 2003. … UCLA has struggled under first-year coach Chip Kelly. The Bruins lost at home to Cincinnati 26-17 and were blown out at Oklahoma 49-21 to start 0-2 for the first time since 2010. … Today’s game continues a schedule where the Bulldogs will play at least one Pac-12 program for the next seven seasons. FSU and UCLA will meet again in 2021 and 2024.
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