San Diego St. Aztecs vs. Boise St. Broncos
The Boise State Broncos look to bounce back from last week’s first loss of the year as they visit the San Diego State Aztecs. The Broncos are -18 point favorites over the Aztecs with an over/under point total set at 55.5.
The San Diego State Aztecs have won three of their last four games but they are about to find out if they are for real or if they just hit a soft spot in the schedule. Ryan Lindley has completed 52.2 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. Ronnie Hillman averages 5.7 yards per carry rushing for 1,278 yards and 13 touchdowns. Colin Lockett has 34 receptions and Dylan Denso and Gavin Escobar both have 29. The SDSU defense has 11 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries, and 20 sacks. Miles Burris has 55 tackles and six sacks, Larry Parker has five interceptions, and Jerome Long has 52 tackles and five sacks. The San Diego State offense and defense will both be put to the test in this one.
The Boise State Broncos looked to have a legitimate chance to be a BCS Buster this season but after allowing a late touchdown and missing a field goal, they are now in the field of one loss teams. With Boise’s undefeated season went any chance Kellen Moore had of winning the Heisman but he has had another big year completing 74.1 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns and five interceptions. Doug Martin has rushed for 811 yards and nine touchdowns and D.J. Harper has rushed for 501 yards and eight touchdowns. Matt Miller has 48 catches and seven touchdowns and Tyler Shoemaker has 38 catches and 11 touchdowns to lead the Boise receivers. The Broncos defense has 12 interceptions, seven interceptions, and 17 sacks. George Iloka has 47 tackles, Jerrell Gavins has three interceptions, and Tyrone Crawford has 5.5 sacks. Will the Broncos come out flat or will they be looking to bounce back from their disappointment with something to prove?
San Diego State is 7-3 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five MWC games. Boise State is 21-6 against the spread in their last 27 road games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 14-6-1 against the spread following a loss.
Chris Peterson’s team is always focused regardless of what happened the prior week and I expect them to be so here but 18 points is a few too many against an SDSU team who is home and playing well of late.
San Diego St. Aztecs +18 Boise St. Broncos