The basics

No. 20/No. 22 Boise State at BYU

SATURDAY, 8:15 p.m. MT

LaVell Edwards Stadium

Natural Grass


Radio: KSL 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

Weather: Clear skies, temperatures in the low 80s at kickoff

The stakes

For Boise State … The Broncos have their sights on another New Year’s Six Bowl, and a win in Provo would be a big step in that direction.

For BYU ... The Cougars are looking to knock off a ranked opponent in their home opener one week after a thrilling, last-second victory over Nebraska.

The trends

For Boise State ... The Broncos are 4-1 all-time against BYU, including a 55-30 blowout victory last season in Boise.

For BYU ... The Cougars are 6-14 against ranked teams under coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Road to victory

Boise State will win if ... The Broncos control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

BYU will win if ... The Cougars can establish a run game and rush for more than 100 yards and get big plays through the air.

Opposing player to watch

RYAN FINLEY, quarterback: The sophomore made his first career start last week in a 16-13 victory over Washington. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 129 yards and one interception. How will he do in his first road start?

Key matchup

BYU QUARTERBACK TANNER MANGUM VS. BOISE STATE DEFENSE: The Broncos boast a stout front seven, including defensive end Kamalei Correa and linebacker Tanner Vallejo, and will pose a big test for Mangum, a freshman who will be making his first career start.

Injury report

Boise State: None.

BYU: QB Taysom Hill suffered a foot injury against Nebraska and is out for the season. NT Travis Tuiloma is out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.

Next up

BYU travels to UCLA next Saturday while Boise State hosts Idaho State next Friday.

BYU schedule

Sept. 5 — BYU 33, Nebraska 28

Sept. 12 — BOISE STATE, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Sept. 19 — at UCLA, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

Sept. 26 — at Michigan, TBA

Oct. 2 — CONNECTICUT, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)


Oct. 16 — CINCINNATI, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 24 — WAGNER, 1 p.m. (BYUtv)

Nov. 6 — at San Jose State, 9:30 p.m. (CBSS)

Nov. 14 — vs. Missouri, TBA


Nov. 28 — at Utah State, 1:30 p.m. (CBSS)

All times Mountain