The average college football fan may not know an awful lot about the Mountain West Conference, with most probably only knowing that Boise State play on that weird blue field. The Broncos are actually getting noticed for more than just the color of their playing surface this season, as they will be heading into this game with the Colorado State Rams at 5-0, and with the number 15 ranking in the country. While the Broncos would love to get into the playoff conversation, the harsh reality is that they are probably going to need an awful lot of help in order for that to happen, even if they do make it through the rest of the season without taking a hit.
The playoff committee has already shown that they may not be looking too far outside the Power Five conferences, and that means that Boise State are going to have to make an awful lot of noise in order to get noticed. They will be hoping to create some noise as a 31.5-point favorite this coming Saturday. Find the latest betting odds here.
In Depth Analysis On The Rams At Broncos College Football Expert Predictions
When: Saturday, October 15 at 10:15 PM EST
Where: Albertsons Field, Boise
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAF Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Colorado State Rams
The 3-3 Colorado State Rams were pinning a lot of their season hopes on QB Nick Stevens, as he had put together a solid season last year. The Junior stumbled out of the gate in the opening week, and was forced to ride the pine. He seems to have pulled it all together again, and he will more than likely be the man taking all the snaps this coming weekend. The Rams have been a pretty solid 4-2 ATS this season, and with the number set pretty high for this one, you might well like them to cover again. The last time they took to the blue field in Boise was a couple of seasons ago, and they only went down by 13 in that one. Don’t see them winning here, but covering is a distinct possibility.
Why bet on the Boise State Broncos
If you are going to talk about QB’s making a difference in this game, you need to talk about Brett Rypien of the Broncos. The young man has already thrown for over 1,400 yards and 11 TD’s, and is coming off a 5 TD performance against New Mexico last weekend, where he only played for less than 3 quarters. It’s not all Rypien, though, as the Broncos have a very balanced offense that can also hurt opponents with the run. There should be no doubt about the Broncos getting the win this weekend, and the margin of victory is likely to depend on how long the coach keeps his starters in.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think the fact that Rypien was rested so early on in last week’s win gives a little bit of a clue to what might happen this weekend. Look for the Broncos to rush out to a fast start before closing out the game with bench guys.