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Nov. 7, 2016

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Boise State
8-1, 4-1 MW
No. 22 Boise State at Hawai'i
Saturday, Nov. 12 | 5 p.m. MT
Aloha Stadium | Honolulu, Hawaii
Broadcast: CBS Sports Network
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team, ranked No. 24 in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Polls, will travel to Honolulu this week to square off against Hawai'i, Saturday at Aloha Stadium. Kick between the Broncos (8-1, 4-1 MW) and Rainbow Warriors (4-6, 3-3 MW) is scheduled for 5 p.m. (MT), and the game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.

THE SERIES: Boise State holds an 11-3 advantage over Hawai'i in the all-time series. The Broncos' only losses have come at Aloha Stadium, where Boise State is 5-3. Since dropping a 39-27 game against the Rainbow Warriors Nov. 23, 2007, Boise State has won five-straight games. As league foes, dating back to 2001 when Boise State joined the Western Athletic Conference, Boise State is 11-1, including a mark of 5-1 on the road.

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.

FIVE HONORED FOR ACADEMIC GREATNESS: Boise State football had five student-athletes named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Football Team Nov. 3, topping all schools in District 7, which includes all FBS and FCS programs in Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Guard Steven Baggett (3.82 GPA, construction management major) and punter Sean Wale (3.84, health science) each earned their second-straight nod to the team, while center Mason Hampton (3.96, philosophy), STUD end Gabe Perez (3.60, general business) and wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck (3.38, communication) were all voted to the team for the first time. The quintet now advances to the national ballot, with the CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams set to be announced Dec. 1.

BACK IN THE "W" COLUMN: With its 45-31 victory over San Jose State Friday night, Boise State bounced back from Oct. 29's 30-28 loss at Wyoming and avoided consecutive losses. Last year, the Broncos were defeated, 31-24, by New Mexico on Nov. 14, and followed that with a 37-30 loss to Air Force six days later, with both losses coming at Albertsons Stadium. Last year's back-to-back losses were the first for Boise State since dropping the fi nal two games of the 2007 season (Nov. 23 at Hawai'i and Dec. 23 against East Carolina).

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).

GOING TO NEED HELP: Oct. 29'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, now at 4-1 in conference play, will need to make up two games in the standings on Wyoming (5-0), who now owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Broncos, over the next three games, or will need New Mexico to win out and defeat Wyoming on Nov. 26 to create a potential three-way tie at 7-1.

If Boise State, New Mexico and Wyoming each fi nish 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."


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