No. 24/24 Broncos Host Spartans Friday
Oct. 31, 2016

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San Jose State at Boise State
Friday, Nov. 4 | 8:15 p.m. MT
Albertsons Stadium | Boise, Idaho
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BOISE, Idaho - After suffering its first loss of the season, the Boise State football team – ranked No. 24 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls – returns to Albertsons Stadium to play host to San Jose State, Friday (Nov. 4). The Broncos (7-1, 3-1 MW) and Spartans (3-6, 2-3 MW) are slated to kick at 8:15 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.

THE SERIES: Boise State is a perfect 12-0 against San Jose State alltime. Sans a 30-15 victory over the Spartans in 1978, the rest of the games have been played as league match-ups in the Western Athletic and Mountain West Conferences. Boise State went 10-0 against SJSU in the WAC, and won the only previous meeting in the MW, 40-23 in 2015. This will be the first home game against San Jose State since Oct. 31, 2009, a game the Broncos won 45-7. The Broncos are 6-0 against the Spartans at home.

NON-SATURDAY GAMES: Boise State is 51-14 all-time in non-Saturday games, including a mark of 43-9 during the regular season. When playing on Friday, the Broncos are 27-7 during the regular season – including a mark of 14-1 at home all-time. The only home loss on a Friday came in the last such game, a 37-30 loss to Air Force, Nov. 20, 2015. Since that game, the Broncos have won back-to-back Friday games (both on the road), and are 4-0 in non-Saturday contests.

AVOIDING BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES: Boise State has lost back-to-back games – in the same season – just once in the last nine years, though the occurrence came last season (New Mexico and Air Force). Prior to last season, Boise State had not dropped back-to-back games since the final two contests of 2007. Last year’s back-to-back losses mark the only time the Broncos have lost consecutive MW games. Boise State never lost consecutive conference games while a member of the WAC (2001-10).

As a member of the Big West from 1996-2000, the Broncos had a three-game losing streak (Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Nov. 9, 1996) and twice lost two in a row (Nov. 1 and 8, 1997; Nov. 21, 1998 and Oct. 16, 1999).

ONE-POSSESSION GAMES: Boise State has played four games this season decided by seven-or-fewer points, the most since playing six such games in 2012. Each of the last three games have been decided by one possession, the longest such streak since 1997 when the Broncos also strung together three-straight. Since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996, the Broncos are 38-27 in games decided by seven-or-fewer points, with nine seasons – including 2016 – boasting four-or-more such games.

RARE CONFERENCE LOSS: Boise State’s loss this past week to Wyoming was just the 14th loss in conference play since 2000, an average of fewer than one conference loss per season. The Broncos are 114-14 since 2000 (.891), the highest conference winning percentage in the country over the last 17 seasons.

GOING TO NEED HELP: Saturday’s loss to Wyoming put Boise State’s hopes of winning the Mountain Division, and thus earning a spot in the Mountain West Championship Game, in serious jeopardy. Boise State, at 3-1 in conference play, will need to make up two games in the standings on Wyoming (4-0), who now owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Broncos, over the next four games, or will need New Mexico to defeat Wyoming on Nov. 26 to create a potential three-way tie at 7-1.

If Boise State, New Mexico and Wyoming each finish 7-1 in conference play, the division winner will be determined by which of the three teams is ranked highest in the CFP poll that follows the end of the regular season, or, according to the conference guidelines, “the composite of selected computer rankings if neither team is ranked in the CFP rankings.”

UNDEFEATED AGAINST ONE LESS CONFERENCE FOE: Boise State’s loss Saturday night in Laramie was the first in program history to Wyoming. The Broncos had been 10-0 against the Cowboys heading into that matchup. Wyoming’s win now leaves just two teams in the Mountain West against whom Boise State is unbeaten: San Jose State (12-0) and Colorado State (6-0).

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