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Colorado State vs. Boise State: Broncos playing for conference title, Rams playing for pride

Boise State is trying to stay alive in the race for the Mountain West Conference title.

Doug Pensinger

The Boise State Broncos hope to stay in the Mountain West Conference title race as they host the Colorado State Rams on Saturday in Boise.

Boise State trails Fresno State and San Diego State in the conference standings, with one fewer win. Two more wins guarantee the Broncos a share of the championship as the Mountain West does not use tiebreakers and instead awards co-champions. The running back tandem of D.J. Harper and Jay Ajayi are the Broncos' best weapons. Harper has rushed for 828 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Ajayi has supplemented that with 423 yards and four touchdowns of his own.

Colorado State has won two of its last three games after losing six straight. The Rams defeated UNLV, 33-11, on Nov. 10 as the Rebels committed four turnovers. First-year coach Jim McElwain has shuffled through three quarterbacks, with Conner Smith the current starter. Smith is completing a team-high 64 percent of his passes and has thrown for 715 yards. The Rams' rushing offense ranks 100th in the country, averaging 123 yards per game.

Date/Time: Sat., Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m. MT

TV: NBC Sports Network

Odds: Boise State is favored by 28 points

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