Boise State vs. San Jose State prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins Friday night’s matchup between the Broncos and Spartans.
When: Friday, Nov. 4 – 10:15 p.m. ET
Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
TV Broadcast: ESPN 2
The streak has come to an end. After seven straight wins to open the season, Boise State (7-1) saw its perfect season ruined thanks to Wyoming. The Cowboys topped the Broncos, 30-28, last weekend thanks to 13-7 run in the fourth quarter. That’s Boise State’s first loss since Dec. 26 when it fell to Nebraska, 37-29, in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, California.
As for San Jose State (3-6), it’s coming off of a win for the third time this season. The Spartans started out 1-5 but have since won two of their last three games against Nevada and UNLV with a 42-3 loss to San Diego State sandwiched in between. This past weekend’s 30-24 win over the Rebels saw San Jose State take a 27-10 lead into halftime before holding on for the victory.
Boise State is in complete control of the all-time series, 12-0. Last year’s meeting in San Jose ended in a 40-23 final.
What To Know About Boise State
Brett Rypien certainly didn’t have his best game against Wyoming last weekend. The true sophomore quarterback completed 22-of-35 passes for 295 yards and an interception. There was one passing touchdown thrown for the Broncos, but it was tossed by Thomas Sperbeck and caught by Rypien for 33 yards, which capped a five-play, 78-yard drive in the fourth quarter.
Sperbeck did end up with eight receptions for 80 yards, though. Cedrick Wilson tacked on 84 yards on four catches, and Chaz Anderson hauled in three balls for 50 yards. Jeremy McNichols only caught two passes for 18 yards, but he did go off on the ground, though, for 143 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Alexander Mattison also rushed for a touchdown and 40 yards on four carries.
What to Know About San Jose State
While Rypien was far from perfect, Kenny Potter was pretty spot on for the Spartans against UNLV. He completed 24-of-39 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Both scoring strikes went to Tre Hartley, who finished with five grabs for 104 yards. However, Tim Crawley was the do-it-all man for San Jose State. He caught eight passes for 114 yards, but he did work on the ground, too.
Crawley scored the team’s only rushing touchdown, and he finished with 21 yards on four carries. Zamore Zigler was given 18 carries, which he took for 77 yards. And Potter rushed 13 times for 37 yards.
Offense: Boise State – Last weekend was a fluke. Rypien is still a highly talented quarterback, but McNichols has been unstoppable this season.
Defense: Boise State – The Broncos are No. 46 in total defense, allowing 379.6 yards per game.
Special Teams: Boise State – Jonathan Moxey is a real threat in the return game.
Coaching: Boise State – Bryan Harsin is a fantastic coach, and he’ll get his team back on track.
Matchup To Watch
Jeremy McNichols vs. San Jose State defense
McNichols is the kind of player who can turn the tables and provide a lot of momentum in a hurry. Boise State loves to get him touches in the running game, but the Broncos’ star tailback will get some love in the passing game as well. If the Spartans don’t keep a close eye on McNichols, he’ll rack up the yards in a hurry and help get Boise State out to an early lead.
Spread: Boise State -29.5
Boise State vs. San Jose State Prediction
Rypien is going to bounce back and throw darts against the Spartans. He’ll pass for at least 250 yards, and find Sperbeck for two of his touchdown passes. Rypien will dump the ball off to McNichols for another passing touchdown, and McNichols will also gash San Jose State in the running game. He’ll go well over the century mark and navigate his way effortlessly into the end zone. Boise State adds another win to the record with a game that will get out of hand in a hurry.
Boise State vs. San Jose State Score Prediction: Boise State 49, San Jose State 21