Boise State football—ranked 25th in the college playoff rankings—comes home Saturday, Nov. 18, hosting the Air Force Falcons in what could be the Broncos’ final home game of the season. The Broncos need two wins to lock home-field advantage for the Mountain West Championship.
Currently, the Broncos are 8-2 on the season, and undefeated in conference play at 6-0. Air Force has not seen the same success, sitting at 4-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play. With a win Saturday, Boise State could clinch the Mountain division and a spot in the Mountain West Championship.
Despite Air Force’s poor season thus far, they are a team that cannot be overlooked. Air Force has defeated Boise State in each of the past three seasons, outscoring the Broncos 92-64 over that span.
“It’s a meaningful game, we definitely want some revenge,” said Boise State defensive lineman Austin Silsby. “We definitely want to get after them and finish our season out right.”
The Falcons also sport one of the country’s strongest run games, as the team has run the ball 633 times this season while attempting just 117 passes in their signature triple-option offense. Currently ranked No. 5 in the nation in rushing offense this season, Air Force will be a strong test for Boise State’s No. 19 rush defense.
“They’re gonna come out physical all the time, that’s their team, that’s their strength,” said Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson. “They’re gonna try to out physical their opponent, try to bully their opponent.”
With a chance to clinch a spot in the Mountain West Championship for the first time since 2014, for Boise State, the pressure is on.
Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. and the game will be aired on ESPN2.