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No. 22 Boise State hosts Portland State before MWC play

September 12, 2019 GMT
Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier (19) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Marshall in Boise, Idaho, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier (19) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Marshall in Boise, Idaho, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Portland State (1-1) at No. 22 Boise State (2-0), Saturday at 10:15 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).

Line: No line.

Series record: Boise State leads 6-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

It’s the final tuneup for Boise State before jumping into Mountain West Conference play next week against Air Force. The Broncos looked great rallying for a win in the opener against Florida State before struggling to hold off Marshall in Week 2. The Broncos defense held Marshall without a first down in the second half. Portland State gave Arkansas a headache before falling 20-13 in the opener. The Vikings rebounded with a 70-7 romp over Division II Simon Fraser last week.

KEY MATCHUP

Boise State vs. complacency. The Broncos are well aware of the scare Portland State gave to a Power Five program just a couple of weeks ago. But the Broncos are the superior team and the matchup should be a chance for freshman QB Hank Bachmeier to get Boise State’s offense clicking before the start of conference play.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Portland State: QB Davis Alexander. After struggling in the opener against Arkansas, Alexander rebounded with a huge performance. He threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout of Simon Fraser. But he has yet to face a challenge like Boise State’s defense.

Boise State: DE Curtis Weaver. After picking up a sack last week against Marshall, Weaver now has 22 ½ career sacks. He’s fourth on the school’s all-time list and the active national leader in 29 career games.

FACTS & FIGURES

Only the third FCS opponent Boise State has faced since 2010. ... Boise State is one of three schools — along with Wisconsin and Navy — who have not allowed a second-half point this season. .. Portland State is 4-39 all-time against FBS competition, but beat both Washington State and North Texas in 2015. ... Boise State is second in the country for time of possessions at 39:37.

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