BOISE, Idaho -
The Boise State football team, ranked Nos. 21/22 in the Associated Press and Coaches Polls, respectively, will square off against Nos. 14/15 Utah State Saturday (Nov. 24) in a game that will decide the Mountain Division title.
The Broncos (9-2, 6-1 MW) and Aggies (10-1, 7-0 MW) will kick at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN, with the winner earning the right to host next week's Mountain West Championship Game. The Broncos checked in at No. 25 in last week's College Football Playoff Poll, while the Aggies were No. 23.
This week's updated rankings are slated to be released Tuesday. This game will also be the first to feature a pair of teams ranked in the AP Poll at Albertsons Stadium since No. 3 Boise State hosted No. 24 Oregon State, Sept. 25, 2010.
Boise State will honor 18 student-athletes as part of its Senior Day festivities prior to kick against Utah State – Chase Blakley
, Jabril Frazier
, Haden Hoggarth
, Tyler Horton
, Joseph Inda
, Tony Lashley
, Durrant Miles
, David Moa
, Sean Modster
, Andres Preciado
, Joe Provenzano
, A.J. Richardson
, Brett Rypien
, Skyler Seibold
, Paul Semons
, Quinn Skillin
, Zachary Troughton
and Blake Whitlock
This year's senior class has already amassed 39 victories, one shy of becoming the 16th class in the last 17 years to win 40-or-more games, an average of 10 wins per season.
Since falling to San Diego State (19-13), the Broncos have reeled off six-straight wins, the ninth-longest active winning streak in the country. Only UCF (23), Alabama (13), Notre Dame (12), Clemson (11), Michigan (10), Utah State (10), Washington State (seven) and Army (seven) enter this week with longer active streaks than the Broncos.
RANKED WINS IN NOVEMBER:
Boise State has an opportunity Saturday to accomplish something that only Alabama has done thus far this month – beat a pair teams ranked in the Associated Press Poll. Alabama is the only school in the country with a pair of wins over ranked teams in November, a list that only the following schools can add their name to this week: Auburn, Boise State, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio Staten and West Virginia.
Utah State, at No. 14 in the AP Poll, is the highest-ranked team to visit Albertsons Stadium in Boise State's FBS era. Oregon (Sept. 3, 2009) and Fresno State (Nov. 9, 2018) each came to Boise ranked No. 16, and Boise State won both games.
The Aggies are the highest-ranked team to play the Broncos at home since Marshall was ranked No. 2, Dec. 10, 1994. The Broncos won the Division I-AA Semifinal game, 28-24.
ITS 2014 ALL OVER AGAIN:
The feeling of déjà vu that you're getting ahead of Saturday's contest is real, because this weekend's game, just like the 2014 regular-season finale between Boise State and Utah State, is at Albertsons Stadium, for the Mountain Division title, and for a spot in the Mountain West Championship Game against Fresno State.
Four years ago, the Broncos and Aggies came into the regular-season finale at Albertsons Stadium with matching 6-1 conference records. The winner was set to host Fresno State, which like this year had clinched the West Division prior to the Broncos-Aggies kickoff, in the Mountain West Championship Game.
That Nov. 29, 2014 matchup at Albertsons Stadium ended well in the Broncos' favor, as Jay Ajayi ran for 229 yards and five touchdowns and Grant Hedrick threw for 191 yards and two more scores in the 50-19 win.
BOTH TEAMS RANKED AT ALBERTSONS STADIUM:
Saturday's contest also marks the first conference home game in Boise State's FBS Era (1996-present) in which both teams are ranked in the Associated Press Poll, as Boise State comes in at No. 21, and Utah State at No. 14.
Overall, Saturday's game is the third at Albertsons Stadium to feature two AP-ranked teams. The others were No. 14 Boise State's 19-8 win over No. 16 Oregon on Sept. 3, 2009, and the third-ranked Broncos' 37-24 win over No. 24 Oregon State on Sept. 25, 2010.
Since 1996, Boise State is 7-7 in games in which it and its opponent are each ranked in the AP Poll. Exactly half of those matchups have come in bowl games.