GAME DAY GUIDE: Fresno State vs Boise State Livestream
Utah State (10-1, 7-0 MWC) has been on a roll this season. Since losing the opener at Michigan State, the Aggies have rattled off 10 straight wins, are undefeated in conference play, and will enter this weekend’s game as the highest-ranked opponent to ever play at Albertsons Stadium.
The team from Logan, Utah is currently ranked No. 14 in the AP Top 25, while the Broncos are ranked No. 21. The margin is a bit closer in the all-important College Football Playoff Rankings. Utah State is sitting at No. 21 and Boise State is No. 23 in that poll.
The Aggies are coming off a wild finish against Colorado State last Saturday. The Rams actually scored the winning touchdown as the clock ran out. But the 34-yard touchdown pass was negated by a penalty, allowing Utah State to escape with a 29-24 win.
Boise State (9-2, 6-1 MWC), meanwhile, avoided overlooking a struggling New Mexico team, and took care of business in Albuquerque. Sean Modster pulled in a career-best three touchdowns as the Broncos rolled the Lobos 45-14. Alexander Mattison added 145 yards and a touchdown en route to surpassing 1,000 rushing yards for the second-consecutive year. That extends the Broncos’ streak of seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher to 10, the longest in the nation.
The importance of the regular season finale cannot be understated. Both teams are riding solid win streaks – Boise State has won six straight – and are determined to earn a spot in the conference title game against West Division champ Fresno State. Both the Broncos and Aggies are ranked ahead of the Bulldogs, so the winner of the Mountain Division will almost assuredly host the championship game.
“This is why you do all the work, right?” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin asked at his Monday press conference. “You have this body of work all season, you don’t know how it’s going to go at the beginning of the year… now you’re playing for an opportunity to play in the title game, and have a chance to host it.