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Game Day Guide: Boise State defends The Blue against Air Force after the Broncos' upset over BYU

After the Broncos' win over then-Top 10 BYU, Boise State will defend The Blue against Mountain West division foe Air Force on Saturday.

BOISE, Idaho — Editor's Note: The video above is head coach Andy Avalos' press conference on Oct. 11.

Heading into week seven of the college football regular season, the Boise State football team sits with a 3-3 record and is coming off their first true road win over an Associated Press Top 10 team since 2001. 

Last Saturday, the Broncos earned a 26-17 upset win over the then-No. 10 Brigham Young Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, UT. The last time the Broncos beat a top ten team on the road was in 2001 when the 2-3 Broncos beat then-No. 8 Fresno State 35-30.

However, when the Broncos host the 5-1 Air Force Falcons on The Blue this week, they will be tested with the best rushing attack in the country and the Falcons' devastating triple-option offense. Bronco Nation, get ready for a lot of wishbone formations from Air Force's offense.

The Falcons' sole loss this season was a 49-45 defeat on the road against the Utah State Aggies. 

Through six games, Air Force averages 423.7 total yards per game. Of those, an average of 341.3 yards come from their rushing attack. The Falcons only average 82 passing yards per game.

According to Boise State coaches, players' discipline will be the number one focus to defend the triple-option offense.

"It starts even without the schemes, it starts with the discipline, it is all about the mentality and the eye control you play with, every man doing his job," head coach Andy Avalos said during his press conference on Monday.

Co-defensive coordinator Spencer Danielson echoed the focus on the defense's discipline on what's key to stopping the Falcon's triple-option rushing attack. 

"Discipline, discipline, discipline, discipline, across all levels, from the d-line to the linebackers, to the back ends, all about the discipline, it will be tested every single snap," he said during Monday's press conference.

Overall, the Falcons ranked 52nd in the country in total offense, Boise State ranks 90th.

"They are going to be an extremely physical team, it's going to be a downhill run game, it's going to be a lateral run game and they're going to take shots, and they've proven to do pretty well this year," Avalos said.

Statistically, the Broncos' rushing defense is one of the worst in the country, ranking 97th and allowing 1,067 rushing yards on 244 attempts, averaging 177.8 rushing yards allowed per game.


Air Force (5-1, 2-1) vs. Boise State (3-3, 1-1 MWC) 

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The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1, which can be found on the following channels:

  • Sparklight (formerly Cable One): Channel 146 / 1146 (HD)
  • DirecTV: Channel 219
  • Dish Network: Channel 150
  • Cox: Channel 78


KTVB's Bronco Roundup Game Day show will be live on KTVB Channel 7.1 and KTVB.COM from 6 p.m. MT to 7 p.m. Saturday. Join Jay Tust and Will Hall for a look at all of the major storylines surrounding this matchup. KTVB's sports team will feature interviews and updates from former and current players during the show.


KTVB will live stream the post-game press conference on KTVB.COM, the KTVB YouTube channel, and on the KTVB mobile app.

Interviews with coach Andy Avalos and players and/or other members of the coaching staff will be posted online soon after the press conference ends, so Bronco Nation can watch the press conference whenever and wherever they want.

Stay tuned to KTVB.COM after the game for a game recap, highlights, and slideshow from the game.


Expect increased traffic on all roads surrounding Boise State before and after the game. University Drive, from Capitol Boulevard to Broadway Avenue, will be congested throughout the morning and afternoon. Because of limited public parking on-campus, fans are encouraged to park off-campus and walk/bike or use a shuttle to get to the game.

Parking in Boise Parks:

Parking is allowed in designated parking spots within Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, Riverside Park, and Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park. Parking for Boise State home games is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Towing will be delayed at those parks until 3 a.m. the following morning regardless of kickoff time.

Overnight parking is prohibited.

Off-campus Parking:

The Downtown Boise Association coordinates free shuttle buses from five convenient downtown locations to Albertsons Stadium.

These shuttles run every 15 minutes starting two hours prior to game time, and immediately after the game for one hour.

  • 6th & Grove (Bardenay)
  • 8th & Main (Bronco Shop)
  • 8th & Main (Diablo & Sons)
  • 8th & Broad (Solid Grill & Bar)
  • 6th & Broad (Boise Brewing)
  • River Street between 12th & Ash (Payette Brewing)

Here is more information on the Bronco Gameday Shuttle, and game day parking options.


Bronco fans should arrive early. Those whose seats are not in the Stueckle Sky Center may enter the stadium through any gate. Fans are encouraged — but not required — to leave their bags at home or in the car. For faster entry into the stadium, bring a clear bag or no bag to the game. Prior to entry, fans will pass through metal detectors, and any bags carried in will be subject to search. Remember to leave prohibited items behind, including all weapons, alcohol, glass, and coolers.


The Bronco Bash at the Alumni and Friends Center is open to Broncos fans three hours prior to every home football game and closes 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The event features a family-friendly atmosphere with live music and activities for all ages.

Returning this year is the Bronco Bash Cash Dash, a series of one-minute challenges, that guests can play to compete for time in the Mountain America Credit Union cash machine, Boise State merchandise and other prizes. Find out more about the Bronco Bash here.


For Boise State's home game against Air Force, Bronco Nation is asked to wear blue when they attend the game at Albertsons Stadium. The fan color scheme for the entire stadium is blue.

Credit: Boise State Athletics


Since joining the Mountain West Conference in 2011, Boise State holds a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series between the Mountain Division foes.

The Broncos currently hold a four-game winning streak over the Falcons since 2017, but Air Force had its own three-game winning streak against Boise State between 2014 and 2016.

Boise State's all-time record against Air Force:

  • Oct. 31, 2020 - W - 49-30 (Air Force Academy)
  • Sept. 20, 2019 - W - 30-19 (Boise)
  • Oct. 27, 2018 - W - 48-38 (Air Force Academy)
  • Nov. 18, 2017 - W - 44-19 (Boise)
  • Nov. 25, 2016 - L, 27-20 (Air Force Academy)
  • Nov. 20, 2015, L, 37-30 (Boise)
  • Sept. 27, 2014, L, 28-14 (Air Force Academy)
  • Sept. 13, 2013, W, 42-20 (Boise)
  • Oct. 22, 2011, W, 37-26 (Boise)

Editor's Note: To never miss a beat of Boise State football news this season, make sure to download the KTVB app for the latest updates, stories and scores.

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