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Game Day Guide: Boise State vs. San Diego State

Everything Bronco Nation needs to know ahead of Friday night's Mountain West showdown on The Blue between Boise State and San Diego State.

Zack Armstrong

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Published: 11:20 PM MDT September 27, 2022
Updated: 10:39 PM MDT September 28, 2022

Following one of its worst offensive performances in program history and a chaotic stretch of announcements, the Boise State football team looks to rebound Friday against San Diego State in the comfort of Albertsons Stadium. 

After the Broncos managed just 177 yards of total offense in a brutal 27-10 loss to UTEP last Friday, head coach Andy Avalos fired offensive coordinator Tim Plough. Boise State's 93 passing yards against the Miners ranks last since the program's FBS debut in 1997. 

Now, the Boise State offense begins a new era under former head coach and longtime NFL coach Dirk Koetter. The Broncos also have a new quarterback at the helm for Friday's showdown with the Aztecs. 

Fourth-year starter Hank Bachmeier told ESPN he has started the process to enter the transfer portal, Pete Thamel reported Tuesday. Hours earlier, Avalos announced redshirt freshman Taylen Green will start on The Blue vs. SDSU.

Friday's Mountain West Conference battle is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. MT at Albertsons Stadium. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

"If you're an elite competitor, you should be focused on what is the next task at hand. It's not about what you can't control," defensive coordinator Spencer Danielson said. "Obviously, there's been a situation with our offensive coordinator, our quarterback. What can we control? We control how we prep, we control how we play. So, I'm excited for us to focus on this game and play really well Friday night. We got a long way to go, but we're working for it."

Since 2015, no teams have been more dominant in the conference than the Broncos and Aztecs. Boise State touts a 60-15 record during that span, while San Diego State is an impressive 53-20. 

Despite a 2-2 record, San Diego State presents a difficult challenge for the Broncos amid multiple changes within the program. The Aztecs' only losses came against Pac-12 Conference foes Arizona and Utah, who is ranked No. 12 in the latest AP Poll.

Last season, the Aztecs ended Boise State's four-game winning streak in its final contest of 2021. San Diego State, ranked No. 22 in the country, rolled the Broncos 27-16 on national television. 

Boise State eyes its first win over the conference rival since October 2017 Friday in front of Bronco Nation. 

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