Boise State and UNLV will square off on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. These two teams last met back in 2016, when the Broncos defeated the Rebels by a score of 42-25 on the blue turf of Albertsons Stadium.
Boise State (4-0, 1-0 Mountain West) was off last week after knocking off Air Force 30-19 on September 20 to wrap up a successful homestand. That win over the Falcons came at a heavy price, though, as the Broncos lost linebacker Ezekiel Noa to a season-ending torn ACL and a broken wrist, which is a blow to a defense that is allowing only 299.3 yards per game.
Nevertheless, the Broncos have positioned themselves as the front-runners for the Group of 5 New Year's Six Bowl bid after UCF's loss to Pittsburgh on Sept. 21. They are led by freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier, who has stepped up nicely to fill the shoes of Brett Rypien.
UNLV (1-3, 0-1) is banged up after a 53-17 loss to Wyoming. Quarterback Armani Rogers is a bit up in the air health-wise after getting hurt against the Cowboys. Rogers, when healthy, provides the best opportunity for the Rebels to win games. Running back Charles Williams also suffered a knee injury against Wyoming in a serious blow to the offense. Williams is off to a great start this season, rushing for 472 yards in the first four games. Defensively, the Rebels did not have any answers for the Cowboys at the line of scrimmage, as they surrendered 374 rushing yards.
Boise State at UNLV
Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET
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When Boise State Has the Ball
The Broncos should be able to showcase a balanced attack on Saturday night against UNLV. Quick passes that don't take too long to develop should help Bachmeier have early success throwing the football. CT Thomas is the leading wide receiver for Boise State (14 rec, 283 yards, 3 TDs), but the wide receiver group is very deep, which will cause headaches for the Rebels secondary. Robert Mahone should see plenty of touches in the running game, as Boise State shouldn't have any problems running the football on Saturday.