The Boise State Broncos hope to take a big step toward securing a spot in the Mountain West title game when they visit the Colorado State Rams. Kickoff is at 10:30 EST on Saturday, November 11 at CSU Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fans can watch the game on CBS Sports Network.
Oddsmakers have Boise State as 5.5-point favorites on the road. There’s an over/under of 56 points. Click here for a full list of Week 11 betting odds and links to game previews.
Boise State vs Colorado State Vegas Odds & Game Preview
The Broncos are 5-0 in conference play and 7-2 overall, losing only to Washington State and Virginia. If Boise can win at least two of their final three games, they will secure a spot in the Mountain West Championship Game.
Meanwhile, the Rams are still hoping to catch Boise for a spot in the conference title game. However, Colorado State has lost their last two games, so they’re going to need to win out and get a lot of help for that to happen. The Rams are already bowl eligible, but they definitely want to stop their losing streak as soon as possible.
Free College Football Betting Selection: Boise State -5.5
I like Colorado State as a team, but it’s too hard to go against Boise State in this matchup. The Broncos have all the momentum that comes with a five-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Rams have had their confidence shaken after back-to-back losses. With less than a touchdown to cover, I have no problem leaning toward Boise State.
CSU quarterback Nick Stevens is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the country. But he’s hit a rough patch the last few weeks. The weather in Wyoming last week is partly to blame, but in the two games prior to that, his stats were well below his season average. I expect Stevens to come out of the slump at some point and finish his senior strong. But it’ll be tough to do that against the Boise State defense.
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The Broncos have allowed 14 points or less in all five of their conference games this season. That’s incredible consistency, especially considering the different types of offenses they’ve seen in the Mountain West.
To be fair, Colorado State may be the best offensive team they’ve faced this year this side of Washington State. But with Stevens struggling the past few weeks, the Broncos should be in good shape, even if they give up a little more than 14 points this week.
On the other side of the ball, Boise has an unconventional two-quarterback system that’s working to near-perfection. Brett Rypien, who’s completed more than 70% of his passes over the last three games, gets a majority of the snaps. But Montell Cozart, who’s a more adept runner, comes into the game when the Broncos are in the red zone. Boise is truly getting the best of both worlds at the quarterback position. The Rams are solid defensively, but they’ll have their work cut out for them against Boise’s two-quarterback system.
The Broncos are winning by nearly 20 points per game this season against other Mountain West teams. I think Colorado State will keep things closer than that. But Boise has looked like a finely-tuned machine in recent weeks. I have great confidence that the Broncos will be able to cover a 5.5-point spread.