BOISE, Idaho — Editor's Note: The Video above originally aired on Nov. 22, 2021.
After a rollercoaster of a ride of a college football season, the 2021 campaign is coming to a thrilling close this week for the Boise State Broncos. Head coach Andy Avalos and the 7-4 Broncos will travel to southern California to take on the 10-1 San Diego State Aztecs. Both teams will enter Friday morning's matchup with conference championship dreams on the line.
First-year head coach Andy Avalos and company will take on the 22nd-ranked San Diego State Aztecs (10-1, 6-1) at 10 a.m. MT on Friday, Nov. 26 in Carson, Calif. at Dignity Health Sports Park.
For Boise State to clinch the Mountain Division and make it to a fifth-straight conference championship game, the Broncos need to beat the Aztecs on Friday and for the Air Force Falcons to lose to the UNLV Rebels.
On the other side of the field, San Diego State needs to win to clinch the West Division. If the Aztecs lose and Fresno State wins, the Bulldogs win the division.
The Broncos are in an excellent position for the title race, even after a rocky start of the year.
Boise State opened the season by losing a 21-0 lead over the University of Central Florida in a 36-31 loss in week one, then two weeks later, lost 21-20 at home to now seventh-ranked Oklahoma State in week three. Before the bye week, they also lost 41-31 to Nevada at home and lost again at home to division foe Air Force, 24-17. In their four losses, Boise State lost by an average of 5.75 points.
Bronco Nation can keep up with all the scores, updates and highlights from Saturday's game with KTVB's Game Tracker and live blog. Scroll down to find KTVB's Game Tracker, which will have the latest scores and a live blog with the newest tweets and updates from KTVB's Jay Tust and Will Hall.
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While Boise State still needs help from UNLV in order to clinch the Mountain Division, the 2021 season's outlook once looked dire with a 3-4 record, Avalos and the team have course-corrected in the best way possible with a four-game winning streak.
It shows that for the Broncos to still be in contention for the Mountain West Conference Championship game during a "down year," the expectations of Boise State football of beating rivals, especially BYU, and winning the conference aren't lofty, but realistic even in years that standards were questioned early in the season.
Following the end of the Broncos' home opener, check out KTVB.COM and the KTVB app for post-game interviews with Boise State head coach Andy Avalos and several Boise State players and coaches.
Slideshow: Boise State vs. San Diego State
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