Broncos, Rams Battle At Homecoming
Oct. 10, 2016

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Colorado State at Boise State
Saturday, Oct. 15 | 8:15 p.m. MT
Albertsons Stadium | Boise, Idaho
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team (5-0, 2-0 MW) will play host to Colorado State (3-3, 1-1 MW) at Albertsons Stadium Saturday (Oct. 15), in the 2016 edition of Homecoming. Kick time is set for 8:15 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.

FIESTA BOWL CELEBRATION: At halftime of Saturday’s game, Boise State will honor the 2006 team that won the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma (43-42 OT), the first of three Fiesta Bowl victories for the Broncos. More than 40 members of the 2006 squad are expected to be on hand for the 10th anniversary celebration.

MOVIN’ ON UP: The Broncos jumped to No. 15 in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week, the team’s highest rankings since concluding the 2011 season in sixth (Coaches) and eighth (AP).

THE SERIES: Boise State is a perfect 5-0 against Colorado State, each game having been played since the Broncos joined the Mountain West in 2011. Boise State has won the five games by an average margin of 26.8 points, and scored an average of 37.5 points per game. Also, two of the top six offensive performances in Boise State history have come against the Rams, as the Broncos piled up a school-record 742 yards of offense in 2011’s 63-13 win, and in 2014’s 37-24 win rolled up 676 yards, sixth-best in program history.

Individually, a Boise State quarterback has thrown for at least 300 yards in four of the five meetings against the Rams. Kellen Moore threw for 338 yards in 2011, Grant Hedrick for 305 and 352 in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and Brett Rypien for 339 last year.

ONE OF THE LAST UNBEATENS: Boise State is one of only 11 schools in the country that has yet to lose a game in 2016, a list that also includes Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Washington, West Virginia and Western Michigan.

EXORCISING DEMONS: Boise State lost four games last season, and all four teams are back on the schedule for 2016. The Road to Redemption began two weeks ago against Utah State, and continued last week against New Mexico. The Broncos avenged both losses, knocking off the Aggies (21-10), and downing the Lobos (49-21).

Stringing together back-to-back wins is rare for Boise State’s opponents. Since the Broncos joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2001, only two opponents have notched back-to-back victories over Boise State – San Diego State (2012-13) and Air Force (2014-15). Only 10 conference opponents in school history have accomplished the feat against Boise State.

15 YEARS IN THE RANKINGS: When Boise State cracked the polls entering week five of the 2016 season, it marked the 15th-consecutive season (2002-16; AP) that Boise State had been ranked for at least one week. The streak is tied with USC for the eighth-longest in the country. The nation’s 10-longest streaks can be found on page 18.

IT’S COOL, GUYS: Boise State did not open the 2016 season ranked in either the AP or Coaches Polls. However, historically, that seems to bode well for the Broncos. Over the course of the previous 14 seasons, Boise State did not open the season ranked in the preseason polls on six occasions. Each year - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2014 - the Broncos finished ranked in the top 25. In two of those seasons (2006 and 2014), the Broncos capped their season with wins in the Fiesta Bowl.

SUCCESS WHEN RANKED: Boise State has an all-time record of 96-13 (.881) when ranked in the top 25 of the AP and/or Coaches Polls.

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