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How and what to watch for San Jose State vs. Boise State

How will Boise State do against the surprisingly undefeated San Jose Spartans? This should be a fairly competitive matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Hank Bachmeier of the Boise State Broncos fires a pass downfield during the second half against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images

Update 11:35 a.m.: This game has been canceled due to a Covid-19 outbreak within Boise State’s program.


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.

Betting splits

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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