- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

No. 25 Boise State (4-1, 1-0 Mountain West) at Colorado State (2-3, 0-1), 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Line: Boise State by 15 1/2.

Series Record: Boise State leads 4-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

After a hiccup against BYU on Sept. 12, the Broncos are going to have to run the table to have any sort of chance to get a non-Power Five conference bid to a New Year’s bowl. Colorado State is 0-4 against the Broncos and have been outscored 184-81.



KEY MATCHUP

Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols vs. Colorado State linebacker Kevin Davis. McNichols has 12 TDs this season and is on pace for around 29 in the regular season. The Broncos single-season record for TDs in a season is 32 by Brock Forsey 2002 and matched last season by Jay Ajayi. Davis leads the Rams in tackles for loss (7 1/2) and is tied with Cory James in total tackles (36).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Boise State: QB Brett Rypien. He’s completed 43 of 60 passes for 592 yards and six touchdowns in two starts since Ryan Finley was hurt against Idaho State. His QB efficiency rating is 190.92. That would be behind only Baylor’s Seth Russell and USC’s Cody Kessler if he had enough to qualify.

Colorado State: RBs Jason Oden Jr. and Dalyn Dawkins. Oden had 143 yards on 30 carries against UTSA, while Dawkins gained 118 yards versus Colorado. Both are in the top-10 in the league in yards rushing.

FACTS & FIGURES

Boise State boasts a nation-best 107-10 in conference games since 2000. … Held Hawaii to 82 yards on 30 carries last week. Fifth straight game Boise State has held a team under 100 yards rushing. … Expect plenty of big plays as the Broncos average 459.4 yards of offense, tops in the league, and Colorado State averages 442.2 yards, which is second. … James has a sack in two straight games against Broncos. … WR Rashard Higgins leads the conference with 106.5 yards receiving a game. … Teams are just 18 of 70 on third downs against Rams. … The only other teams Colorado State has played at least four times and have never won are Kansas (0-4), Nebraska (0-6) and Tennessee (0-4).

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