The contest, an All-Orange game for the Broncos and Broncos fans, will be broadcast nationally on FS2 with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Devin Gardner (analyst) calling the action. Meanwhile, Bob Behler (play-by-play) and Pete Cavender (analyst) will get in on the action on the Bronco Radio Network and simulcast on SiriusXM Channel 385.
- Boise State enters this week’s action with an offensive line ranked 15th in the nation in sacks allowed, producing just 1.14 sacks per game so far this year. That number is the third-best by a Boise State team since 2012 (when the Broncos ranked sixth) and sits just behind the 2022 mark when BSU allowed just 1.00 sacks per game to rank 10th in the nation .
- How fast can a game go? We’ll find out Saturday as Boise State and Wyoming bring potent rushing attacks against The Blue and both teams rank in the top 10 for fewest penalty yards per game. We recommend fans use TV timeouts to get early concessions, as there may not be many stops other than those.
- Did you know that since the Mountain West began its football championship game in 2013, there have only been four instances where an undefeated conference team advanced to the championship game? In six of the 10 MW championship matches, both teams vying for the league title have recorded one or more defeats under their belt.
- So far this season Ashton Jeanty leads the country with 71 broken tackles. That means this particular Bronco is averaging 10.14 broken tackles per game while refusing to get down on the turf.
- Orange, are you glad we’re home this week? Well, Wyoming probably isn’t, but that’s okay, we’ll forgive them for that. The normally blue sea at Albertsons Stadium will turn orange this week as Bronco fans look to keep showing up. Boise State enters the week ranked 20th in the nation in attendance, filling Albertsons Stadium to 100.35% capacity in three games this season.
What do you want to know
- It’s the greatest show
At least in the Treasure Valley. Boise State enters this week ranked 20th nationally in attendance (by capacity percentage), making the Broncos one of three Group of 5 programs (along with App State and James Madison) to rank in the top 25. BSU is not only in the top 25, but also leads the Mountain West by a wide margin. Fresno State, the second-best MW team, ranks 43rd. See the full Top 25 list on the right.
- Two heads are better than one
Although unconventional, Boise State has had success with its two-quarterback system. Entering this week’s action, the Broncos are averaging 425.4 offensive yards per game, ranking 42nd nationally and third in the Mountain West region. This is the highest offensive production a Boise State team has recorded since the 2019 Broncos averaged 429.0 yards per game, ranking 48th nationally and 4th in the MW this season.
- Silver bells
Boise State doesn’t accept cowbells like the people of Starkville, Miss. do, but when Kaonohi Kaniho blocked a Colorado State field goal attempt on Oct. 14, Bronco fans could hear the silver bells ringing. This extended a remarkable streak where Boise State has blocked a kick now for 25 straight seasons. Turn to page 24 to see the year-by-year breakdown.
- All orange, no yellow
Look at the field Saturday and you’ll probably see a lot of orange but not a lot of yellow. Maybe it’s because we think Wyoming will wear white, but in reality it’s because Boise State ranks 11th nationally in fewest penalties (30), fewest penalties per game ( 4.29) and fewest penalty yards per game (36.86) this season while ranking 10th. nationally with the fewest total penalty yards (258).
- Aren’t you amused?
You never know what can happen at a Boise State game, especially this year. Of the seven games the Broncos have played so far, four games (57%) have been decided by three points or less, while five of the games (71%) have been decided by one possession (eight points or less). That means fans need to stay in their seats for the full 60 minutes because this team will keep you entertained.
- Defend the blue
There aren’t many places that offer more challenging environments to play in than Boise’s famous blue turf. Entering this week’s contest, the Broncos have a .892 winning percentage over The Blue (132-16) since 2000. That marks the third-best home winning percentage of any team in the country, behind only the Oklahoma (.910, 132-13). ) and Ohio State (.897, 139-16).
- Closing calls
Coming into this week’s game, Boise State has played closer games than almost anyone in the country. To date, the Broncos have played the second-most games decided by three points or fewer and the second-most games decided by one possession (defined by eight points or fewer) this season.
- Start a youth movement
Tim Keane deserves a hat tip. Entering the Oct. 28 game against Wyoming, Boise State has the second-most offensive line starts per freshman in the country this year with two players totaling 14 starts.
- Wyoming enters this week’s contest with a 5-2 record (2-1 MW) after a close 34-27 loss to Air Force two weeks ago. The Cowboys also had a bye last week.
- Craig Bohl is in his 10th season in Laramie, amassing a 57-58 record with the Cowboys. This follows 11 years at North Dakota State with a 104-32 record. Overall, Bohl brings a career head coaching record of 161-90 (.641) to this week’s game.
- Keep your eyes down, Bronco fans. Wyoming ranks 118th in the nation in passing offense this year, averaging 160.3 passing yards per game.
- These Cowboys, however, know how to lasso a football. Tyrecus Davis ranks fifth in the nation in fumbles recovered while four different players all rank tied for 47th nationally in fumbles recovered.
- Wrook Brown, one of those four, leads the Brown and Yellow in interceptions with 3 picks this season.
- The Cowboys nickname was used as early as 1891 when a cowboy helped the Wyoming football team against a team from Cheyenne, Wyoming. One of the Cheyenne players reportedly yelled, “Hey, look at that cowboy,” and the name stuck. You have to hand it to the Wyomingites, they are truly observant.
- While the men’s teams are nicknamed “Cowboys” in Wyoming, the women’s teams are called “Cowgirls.” But don’t think they’re stuck in the past, because Wyoming calls teams of both sexes the “Cowpokes,” or “Pokes” for short. In the age of gender fluidity, we support their gender-neutral name option.
- Congratulations to Wyoming who opened the season with a double overtime win over Texas Tech and played to a tie with Texas before losing to the Longhorns, 31-10, on September 16. But don’t let that fool you: they’re still members. of the Mountain West even though they compete in the Big 12 Conference in wrestling.
- Maybe they should recruit some wrestlers? Wyoming enters this week’s game ranked 125th out of 130 teams in the country in team tackles for a loss, averaging 3.9 TFL per game. Better to be wary of a mobile Taylen Green.
- Or maybe they should worry about the wrestling team recruiting Shae Suiaunoa, who ranks 14th in the nation with an average of 5.3 solo tackles per game. The Bronco offensive line better keep its eyes on this particular linebacker.
- Wyoming first chose the colors maroon and yellow in 1895. In the spring of that year, the first-ever UW alumni banquet was held. Decorations for the banquet included Brown-eyed Susans, a flower native to southeastern Wyoming. The alumni were so impressed by the colors (brown and yellow) and the beauty of the flowers that they decided to choose these colors as the official UW school colors. This disproves the prevailing theory that UW alumni were so impressed with UPS’s delivery services that they gave credit to their local delivery person.
- Wyoming’s logo, created in the early 1920s, depicts a horse rushing against a cowboy. This logo was quite prophetic considering Boise State and Wyoming didn’t face each other in football until the 2002 season, almost 80 years later. And no, the logo was not designed by Freddie Foreshadow.
- Jonah Field, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, home of the Cowboys, sits at an elevation of 7,220 feet and is considered the highest NCAA Division I football stadium in the country. Snoop Dogg disagrees, saying he’s never been there.
A victory would be…
- Move Boise State to 17-1 in games against the Cowboys.
- Record Boise State’s first win ever on FS2.
- Securing an unbeaten record at home for the 26th consecutive year.
- Mark the eighth straight home conference win for the Broncos in the regular season.
- Keep the Broncos undefeated at home against the Cowboys.
- Be better than a loss.