The BYU Cougars and Boise State Broncos meet in one of the marquee games of the weekend. BYU and Boise State a marquee matchup? You betcha. This game carries big implications, especially for BYU who have a chance at going to a New Year’s Six bowl. They will have to go undefeated and run the table.
Their schedule is too weak for them to lose a game. Beating Boise State on the road is going to be impressive, but would it be enough to impress a bowl committee? If BYU blows Boise State out, then I would give them a little more credit for their resume. It all depends on what other teams do around the country. BYU does not control their own destiny with respect to a New Year’s Six bowl.
A Heisman Trophy might be on the line here as well. It’s an outside shot, but Zach Wilson has to be considered. Wilson is turning heads of NFL scouts and that’s what it is all about. This is the best quarterback that BYU has had in quite a while. Taysom Hill was a solid BYU quarterback, though he doesn’t have anything on Wilson. Ty Detmer is the most successful Cougars’ quarterback, and he’s 53 years old, so it’s been a while.
Wilson has picked on plenty of bad defenses in the Mountain West, though. Boise State is going to be his biggest test. If Wilson can perform well against the Broncos on the road, then his draft stock is going to continue to go up. However, falter in this spot and NFL teams might start to wonder if Wilson can do it against a smarter and more athletic defense.
BYU is a perfect 7-0 on the season, while Boise State got started later in the year and go into Friday with a record of 2-0. Boise State has a 42-14 win over Utah State, and 49-30 against Air Force. Those are two creampuffs, so who knows how good Boise State is this season. Allowing 30 points to Air Force isn’t anything special, but that could have been a big lookahead spot. Head below for our free BYU vs. Boise State pick for November 6, 2020.
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Zach Wilson has done everything right so far this season. He’s caught my eye and the eyes of NFL scouts. Wilson has passed for 2,152 yards with 19 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He’s completing 74.6% of his passes. That might be the most impressive aspect of his game. Wilson can drop a ball in on a dime.
His arm isn’t his only asset either. Wilson has gained 150 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns on his legs. If nothing is there, Wilson is a good enough decision maker to take off on his legs and pick up what he can on the ground. He’s led the Cougars to 527.7 yards per game and 44.4 points per game. Boise State is certainly the best defense that BYU has played so far. I’m not overly convinced that they’re going to be able to stop Wilson and company, though.
The Broncos have allowed 343.5 yards and 21.5 points per game this season. Air Force is not a top-class offense in 2020 and they scored 30 points. Brandon Lewis ran for 112 yards on 11.2 yards per carry. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say they were looking ahead to BYU, but failing to line up and stop the run isn’t a good sign against a very good BYU offensive line.
I have liked what I’ve seen from the Boise State offense. Jack Sears has been on point for Boise State. Brett Rypien isn’t in Boise any longer, but Sears is looking good in his first full season as the Broncos’ starting quarterback. Sears has passed for 526 yards and 5 touchdowns on a whopping 82.6% completions.
Both Wilson and Sears are finding their targets and being extremely accurate. This should be a really good game between the Cougars and Broncos. I’m expecting Wilson and Sears to steal the spotlight on the smurf turf at Boise State. That should favor a high-scoring game, with the OVER a candidate for a bet on Friday night.