The Colorado St. Rams will be looking to win their second straight game of the season, but they will be in a tough matchup as they host the nationally-ranked Boise St. Broncos. This game last year was ugly, and Boise State easily won, 63-13. Colorado State has improved under first-year head coach Jim McElwain, but they still have a long way to go to catch Boise State.
The running game for Colorado State finally showed some life last week as backup Donnell Alexander had a season-high 139 yards and two touchdowns in a win against UNLV. That was Alexander's second straight 100-yard performance this year, and with Boise State's defense being ranked 10th in the nation, Colorado State will need another big game from Alexander if the Rams want to have a chance to pull off the upset.
The Colorado State defense could be a key. Last week against UNLV, they forced four turnovers, returning two of them for touchdowns. With Boise State's offense not as dominant in years past, Colorado State has a chance to hang around if they can force Boise State to give up the ball.
However, the Rams defense is nothing special as they give up 30 points per game, and Boise State looks very good against poor defense. Boise State has a fairly balanced attack with quarterback Joe Southwick and running backs D.J. Harper and Jay Ajayi, and when they go up against less than stellar defense they usually perform well.
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m. MT
Location: Broncos Stadium, Boise, Idaho
TV: NBC Sports Network
Odds: Boise State is favored by 28 points.