Week 5 picks: San Diego State vs Boise State prediction, Odds, How to watch and everything

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On Friday Night, the San Diego State vs Boise State will square off against each other at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. Both of these teams are considered to be preseason favorites in the Mountain West Conference.

San Diego State finished its non-conference season a week ago with a gutsy 17-14 win at home against the Toledo Rockets. Now, they are starting their conference schedule with what should be a challenging road game in Boise.

Regardless, SDSU will aim to emphasize their running offense significantly, which has shown to be challenging to defend against up to this time. The San Diego State would love nothing more than to start their Mountain West play with a victory over a Broncos program in the upper half of the conference standings for the previous several seasons.

After finishing the recent season with a record of 7-5, Boise State has had a rougher start to the season than they are typically accustomed to, evidenced by their current record of 2-2. Despite a lackluster beginning to the 2016 season, the Denver Broncos reached their stride late in the year, specifically in November, when they won four of their last five games.

Unfortunately, just four days after the team’s defeat to UTEP, quarterback Hank Bachmeier announced that he would place his name in the transfer portal. The onus will fall on dual-threat field general Taylen Green to successfully move the ball on offense.

Which had a losing record against Boise State in their previous six matchups. The Broncos entered the regular season as the preseason favorites to win the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference. Meanwhile, the Aztecs have a record of 2-2 after defeating Toledo by a score of 17-14.

It was anticipated that they would place second in the West Division, trailing only Fresno State in the standings. Hank Bachmeier, a four-year starting quarterback for Boise State, announced that he would be entering the transfer portal after the team made the decision to fire offensive coordinator Tim Plough following a 27-10 loss to UTEP in Week 4. As a result, Boise State will be without a starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Taylen Green has taken over as the starting quarterback for Boise State.

How to watch San Diego State vs Boise State

  • Date: September 30.
  • Kickoff Time: 08:00 PM (ET)
  • Venue: Albertsons Stadium in Boise.
  • Live broadcast: Streaming is available on Paramount+ and FuboTV.

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San Diego State at Boise State Preview:

Why do the Broncos have the ability to cover

J.L. Skinner is a formidable force in the middle for Boise State. The San Diego senior safety currently sits in second place in the conference regarding tackles made per game (9.0). During the previous season, he led the Broncos in tackles (92), solo tackles (66), and fumble recoveries (three), and his two forced fumbles matched for the most on the team. He also led the Broncos in fumble recoveries (three).

In addition, the Boise State Broncos will be going up against a San Diego State Aztecs team that has had trouble throwing the ball this year. Just one club in the FBS ranks worse than San Diego State’s 73.8 passing yards per game average, and that’s Massachusetts. San Diego State is ranked 130th out of 131 teams in the FBS (62.5). The Aztecs could only pass for 65 yards in their victory over Toledo the week before.

Why were the Aztecs able to cover so much

Jordan Byrd is a multi-talented playmaker for the San Diego State Aztecs. Byrd, a senior who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds, has scored four touchdowns so far this season, three of which were on the ground and one of which was on a punt return. His average of 17.8 yards gained per punt return places him in first place in the league and sixth place in the country.

In addition, the Aztecs will be going up against a Boise State offense that has had trouble moving the ball this season. The Broncos’ total offense only accounts for 283.2 yards on the average per game, which places them 121st in the nation. They were only able to muster 84 yards rushing and 177 yards total offense in the game that they lost to UTEP the week before.

San Diego State vs Boise State Picks and Prediction

The point total is currently predicted that both teams will combine for 43 points. In addition, it offers a pick against the spread that wins in more than half of all simulated situations.

San Diego State vs Boise State Odds

The most recent odds for the San Diego State vs Boise State game have Boise State listed as a 6.5-point favorite, while the total number of points scored has a total over/under of 39. 

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