The Boise State Broncos, stinging from a home loss to San Diego State, will enjoy a reprieve this Saturday as they travel to play the hapless Hawaii Warriors.
Boise State is unranked in the BCS standings for the first time in five years after a 21-19 loss to San Diego State. As has been the Broncos' achilles heel in several of its recent losses, they lost the special teams game. The Aztecs returned a kickoff for a touchdown and blocked a punt for an eight-yard field during Saturday's matchup. Under quarterback Joe Southwick, the Boise offense is a shadow of its former self, ranked 88th nationally in total yards. Defense is where the Broncos have made their name this season, ranking 15th in total yards and allowing just 14 points per game.
The trip to Hawaii should ease the pain of the loss for Boise State, as the Warriors are in the midst of one of the worst seasons in college football this year. Norm Chow's gang is just 1-7 on the year, the lone win coming against FCS opponent Lamar. The seven losses have been by an average score of 48-15. Quarterback Sean Schroeder, a Duke transfer, is leading Hawaii to the nation's 114th best offense, while the defense gives up 420 yards per game. Through eight games, no Warriors receiver has 300 receiving yards, and the leading rusher, Will Gregory, averages 70 yards per game.
Boise State leads the overall series, 9-3, holding Hawaii to 23 total points in the last three matchups.
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 10, 5 p.m. MT
TV: NBC Sports Network
Odds: Boise State is favored by 29.5 points