Update 11:35 a.m.: This game has been canceled due to a Covid-19 outbreak within Boise State’s program.
Due to an upward trend of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within the Boise State program, the Broncos are unable to participate in the game on Nov. 28 vs. San José State.— San José State Football (@SanJoseStateFB) November 28, 2020
Therefore, the MW is canceling the game and declaring it a no contest. There is no plan to reschedule. pic.twitter.com/kM8ZLRWFGG
The San Jose Spartans have been an under-the-radar fun story in the 2020 college football season as they get set to take on the Boise State Broncos on the blue turf Saturday.
San Jose State had an overall record of 8-29 in its first three seasons under Brent Brennan as the head coach, but everything has clicked so far in as the Spartans roll in with a perfect 4-0 record. San Jose State ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West in yards per play and third in yards per play allowed. The Spartans offense is much more effective passing the ball than running, and their defense stops the run a lot better than it contains the pass. Former Texas A&M and Arkansas quarterback Nick Starkel is completing 70.1% of his passes and has been fantastic in his latest college stop.
Boise State has four wins, but is not undefeated after a forgivable loss to the dominant BYU Cougars with the Broncos dealing with multiple injuries at the quarterback position. Hank Bachmeier returned to the field, and Boise State hit 52 and 40 points in its last two games. The Broncos rank 43rd in college football in yards per play and 50th defensively in that category. Boise State has a significant edge over San Jose State according to the latest SP+ rankings where the Broncos are at No. 35 and San Jose State ranks 72nd.
Boise State has won all 14 meetings between these two teams, most recently a 52-42 road win in 2019.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch San Jose State vs. Boise State on Saturday, November 28th at 4:00 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: San Jose State vs. Boise State (-10.5)
Point Total: 58.5
Money line: San Jose State (+280) vs. Boise State (-375)
- Boise State won the last 14 games in this series and covered in five of the last seven games.
- San Jose State won its last five games straight up and is 6-2-1 against the spread in its last nine games.
- The total went over in each of Boise State’s last five games, while the under cashed in four of San Jose State’s last five.
San Jose State: (21% of handle, 42% percent of bets)
Boise State: (79% of handle, 58% percent of bets)
The Best Bet
There is not a whole lot of evidence looking at the 2020 season that Boise State is more than 10 points better than San Jose State, so I’m taking the Spartans to cover this spread. If you’re feeling like getting a little wild on this holiday weekend, toss a little cash on that moneyline for a big payout because it’s not out of the question that San Jose State is just a better team this season.
Pick: San Jose State +10.5
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