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Game Day Guide: Boise State hosts Utah State for senior day

Boise State closes out the regular season with a Black Friday battle against Utah State at 10 a.m. MT on The Blue. Here's everything Bronco Nation needs to know.

Zack Armstrong

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Published: 3:22 PM MST November 23, 2022
Updated: 8:22 AM MST November 25, 2022

Even after clinching the Mountain Division title, Boise State looks to shine bright on the national college football stage in its regular-season finale against Utah State at Albertsons Stadium. 

The Broncos (8-3, 7-0 MW) will honor their senior class on The Blue, before battling the red-hot Aggies (6-5, 5-2 MW) on televisions across the country for Black Friday. With a 10 a.m. MT kickoff, Boise State must get up and at 'em around 5 a.m. MT. 

With the Mountain West Championship Game set in stone, could the Broncos rest high-profile players or begin Fresno State preparation a week early? According to the Boise State coaching staff, absolutely not. 

Following last week's division-clinching win over Wyoming, head coach Andy Avalos asked local sports reporters to avoid questions about the Mountain West title. Avalos also responded with, "next question," when asked about potential rest in Monday's press conference. 

Defensive coordinator Spencer Danielson reiterated the message Monday. His group faces an Aggies squad averaging more than 34 points in each of their three-consecutive wins.

"To be honest with you guys, we are 100% locked in on Utah State. That's the only game that matters," Danielson said. "After our game on Friday, we'll prepare for the next one coming up, but right now – from our game plan, who we are – we are 100% focused on Utah State."

Not only can the Broncos send their seniors off in style with a win Friday, they can also complete a perfect 8-0 season in Mountain West Conference play. Boise State is one of just eight teams in the country with an undefeated conference record.

Utah State is coming off a 35-31 victory over San Jose State to earn bowl eligibility. Running back Calvin Tyler Jr. ran the rock 30 times against the Spartans, tallying 125 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with less than three minutes left. 

Boise State's Mountain Division title came down to the wire against Wyoming and was saved by back-to-back interceptions from standout safety JL Skinner. 

The Broncos eye a momentum-building win on The Blue to send the seniors off – sort of – in style. Game time is scheduled for 10 a.m. MT. Friday. The conference matchup will be televised by CBS on local CBS-affiliated stations around the country. 

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