Broncos Host Troy To Open 2017 Campaign
Aug. 28, 2017

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Troy at Boise State
Saturday, Sept. 2 | 1:45 p.m. MT
Albertsons Stadium | Boise, Idaho
Broadcast: ESPNU
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team will kick off its 2017 campaign Saturday (Sept. 2) at Albertsons Stadium, playing host to Troy. Kick is set for 1:45 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPNU.

SERIES HISTORY: Saturday’s game will be the fi rst all-time meeting between the Broncos and Trojans.

SUN BELT OPPONENTS: Boise State is 6-0 all-time against schools playing in the Sun Belt Conference at the time of the game, including a 4-0 mark against Idaho and a 2-0 record against Louisiana. The Broncos defeated the Vandals each year from 2001-04, and knocked off the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2014 and 2016. This is also the second-straight season opener against a Sun Belt team for Boise State. Last year, the Broncos traveled to Lafayette and defeated Louisiana, 45-10.

DAY GAME: The Broncos’ 1:45 p.m. kickoff marks the first day game at Albertsons Stadium in nearly four years. Boise State hasn’t hosted a day game since squaring off against UT Martin, Sept. 7, 2013. The Broncos knocked off the Skyhawks (63-14) in a game that started at 1 p.m. This week’s game against Troy is the first nationally-televised day game since the Broncos squared off against Colorado State at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 17, 2012.

PREGAME INTRODUCTIONS: Highlighted by additional pyrotechnics that will be unveiled for week one, the Broncos’ pregame introductions have undergone a major overhaul. In addition to being led onto the field by a student-athlete selected weekly to carry The Hammer, Boise State will also be led by a new Bronco Girl, Brianna Flansburg, and her horse, Cassie. The team will also introduce the Bleed Blue Flag, carried by the individual that best represents the ideals of the program on a weekly basis. The Hammer has traditionally been awarded to the individual that made the best special teams play the week prior.

IN-STADIUM DJ: In 2017, Boise State will introduce an in-stadium DJ, a position that will be filled by former Bronco standout and current recording artist Faraji Wright, known in the music industry as Rexx Life Raj. He will take over the audio system inside Albertsons Stadium during pregame for every home contest this year, and provide music during key moments throughout the game. He will be located in the northeast corner of the stadium in front of the student section.

BRONCO WALK HONORS COACH SMITH: For the season opener, the Bronco Walk will add a new feature. Student-athletes and coaches will follow Bronco Circle to the Allen Noble Hall of Fame, where 101 blue and orange fl owers will be dropped at the base of the statue of Lyle Smith. The former Boise State head coach and athletic director passed away this past month at the age of 101. To view the celebration of Coach Smith, be on the Hall of Fame Plaza by 11:15 a.m.

LOADED SCHEDULE: Boise State features eight opponents on its 2017 schedule that went to bowl games a year ago. Nationally, only 28 schools have more games this season against schools that were in bowl games at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

THREE BRONCOS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST: The Broncos had three players voted to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team at the start of the conference’s football media days back on July 25. Redshirt senior center Mason Hampton, a Mountain West Honorable Mention last year, was the lone Bronco voted by the conference’s media contingent to the preseason all-conference offensive team. On the defensive side, redshirt junior defensive tackle David Moa, a fi rst-team all-conference selection a year ago, was joined by junior cornerback Tyler Horton.

BOISE STATE TABBED TO WIN MOUNTAIN DIVISION: Boise State was picked to win the Mountain West’s Mountain Division for the seventh consecutive year, the conference announced at the start of its football media days on July 25. The Broncos received 21 of 28 fi rst-place votes to top the six Mountain Division programs with 161 points. Colorado State got six fi rst-place votes and 135 points to come second while Wyoming tallied the remaining fi rstplace vote and came out with 114 points. Air Force (82 points), New Mexico (68) and Utah State (28) rounded out the division poll. San Diego State was the unanimous pick to top the West Division, followed by Hawai’i (135), UNLV (105), Nevada (79), San Jose State (54) and Fresno State (47).

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