Gear up for gameday: Boise State
LARAMIE -- Let's set the stage.
If Boise State wins tonight in Laramie, not only will it remain atop the Mountain Division, it will be the champions and host the conference title game on Saturday, Dec. 3 inside Albertsons Stadium. A victory over Utah State next week would just be icing on the cake for this Broncos' team that started the season 2-2, including a lopsided 27-10 loss at UTEP.
If the Cowboys can pull off the upset, they will be the new division leader with one week to go in the regular season. Still, there is work to be done. Wyoming will have to pull off another road win next Friday night in Fresno.
The Bulldogs can claim the West Division championship tonight with a victory over Nevada in Reno.
If the Pokes can cap this unthinkable season with a six-game winning streak, including four of those coming away from War Memorial Stadium, they will host the title tilt against Fresno State a week later.
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UW is a 14-point underdog tonight. If there was real money on the line, that sounds like a scary proposition. This team, however, has been playing with house money all season long. No one is giving the Cowboys a chance in this one.
Boise State has few -- if any -- holes in its roster. They have an emerging star under center in Taylen Green. George Holani, like always, is one of the top ball carriers in the Mountain West. These guys score in bunches. The defense is suffocating, leading the league in numerous categories. The Broncos' kicker is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.
Wyoming, on the flip side, could be without its starting quarterback, Andrew Peasley. The defense is banged up. Cole Godbout and Keonte Glinton likely won't play. Cam Stone and Jordan Bertagnole went down last Saturday in Fort Collins and never returned. Easton Gibbs limped off. So did Deron Harrell. Wide receiver Will Pelissier also left the contest with an injury.
Looking for a true underdog story? You found it.
This UW program has defied the odds all year though. You don't think it can do it again?
Here is all you need to know -- and the links -- for tonight's tilt in Laramie:
WHO: Boise State (7-3, 6-0) at Wyoming (7-3, 5-1)
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. MST
WEATHER: High of 31, low of 14, winds at 8 mph
WHERE: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo. (29,181 capacity)
TV: CBS Sports Network
RADIO: Cowboy Sports Network
BOX SCORE: ESPN
ROSTERS: Wyoming / Boise State
BETMGM ODDS: UW +14, O/U 44.5 (Subject to change)
HISTORY: Boise State leads series 15-1 (Boise State won 23-13 in 2021)
HEAD COACHES: Craig Bohl / Andy Avalos