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Game Day Guide: Boise State defends The Blue vs. UT Martin

Everything Bronco Nation needs to know about Boise State football's home opener at Albertsons Stadium Saturday afternoon against the UT Martin Skyhawks.

Zack Armstrong

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Published: 3:55 PM MDT September 13, 2022
Updated: 10:28 PM MDT September 16, 2022

For the first time since November 2021, the Boise State Broncos are set to play in the comfortable confines of Albertsons Stadium Saturday against the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks.

The Broncos have played just three FCS opponents since 2010, the seventh-least among FBS programs during that time frame. In matchups with FCS opponents, Boise State has dominated, but the Skyhawks are no slouch. 

UT Martin (1-1) enters Saturday's contest ranked No. 16 among all FCS programs, dropping two spots from No. 14 after back-and-forth 35-30 loss to No. 5 Missouri State on the road last week. 

The Skyhawks boast a balanced offensive attack, leading the Ohio Valley Conference in passing yards, rushing touchdowns and total points. 

"This team runs the ball really well, much like New Mexico," head coach Andy Avalos said. "They're going to hit about every run scheme on the board, so it's going to be a huge week of run fits, but obviously this team can do it through the air as well."

Boise State is 1-1 overall and 1-0 in Mountain West play after defeating New Mexico 31-14 last Friday night in Albuquerque. Saturday's game against UT-Martin is the second of four non-conference games on Boise State's schedule.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. MT and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Scroll down for more television, radio and streaming information for Boise State's home opener.

While Boise State is not looking at Saturday's matchup as a tune-up game, there is extra motivation considering it has been nearly been 10 months since the Broncos defended The Blue in front of a packed Albertsons Stadium.

"That's what makes college athletics is the student body, you know, that has been back in school now for a couple weeks and now they have the opportunity to come watch the Broncos play here at home in Albertsons Stadium," Avalos said. "I think that's a special thing, not only because of the challenge we have this week with our opponent, but even more so it's our first home game and making sure we stay locked in this week as a team and we handle our preparation so that we can be our best, cause we're gonna need to be."

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