BOISE, IDAHO, Sporting Alert – No. 14 Boise State will be in action on Thursday night, as Week 8 of the College Football schedule gets underway.
The Broncos (6-0) have won six straight games to start the season and Vegas Insider is listing them as seven-point favourites to beat BYU (4-3) and improve to 7-0 this season.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Boise State also has a 64.9 percent chance of beating BYU, which heads into this contest on a three-game winning streak.
The Cougars struggled through their September schedule, but ended the month on a winning note against Toledo, before beating Michigan State and Mississippi State in October.
For Boise State, this will be its last non-conference game and head coach Bryan Harsin is hoping his team will go out and make a statement at Albertsons Stadium in Idaho.
As far as this series is concerned this will be just the seventh meeting between the two, with the Broncos leading the head-to-head clash 4-2 against the Cougars.
Both losses were on the road.
Boise State was beaten 35-24 by BYU a year ago, but has a perfect 3-0 record against their opponent at Albertsons Stadium, following wins in 2004, 2012 and 2014.
Kick-off time for this game is 10:15pm ET and the game is live on ESPN and WatchESPN.
Meanwhile, also in action on Thursday night is the Atlantic Coast Conference – Coastal clash between Miami and Virginia Tech.
The Hurricanes (4-2) made an impressive start to the season and were one point ranked as high as No. 10 in the AP Top 25 rankings.
However, successive defeats to Florida State and North Carolina have left them desperate to get back on track, but could find it difficult on the road against Virginia Tech.
Like Miami, the Hokies (4-2) were recently ranked amongst the AP Top 25 teams in the country, at No. 17, but a defeat to Syracuse saw the voting panel quickly pushing them out of that list.
Miami has a 58.2-percent chance of winning the game on Thursday, with Virginia Tech starting with a 41.8 percent chance, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
Vegas Insider listed the Hokies as six-point favourites.