BOISE, Idaho — In typical late-season Mountain West fashion, Boise State hits the road for its second-straight game in freezing weather conditions.
When the Broncos (7-3, 6-0 MWC) and Cowboys (7-3, 5-1 MWC) kick off Saturday in Laramie, the wind chill could be hovering 0 degrees. The conditions are familiar to Wyoming and last week in Reno, Boise State proved it can dash through the snow.
Boise State has an opportunity to clinch a trip to the Mountain West Championship Game for the fifth time in six years with a win over Wyoming Saturday. A victory also gives the Broncos the right to host the title bout Dec. 3 on The Blue.
The Cowboys have struggled against the blue and orange as of late, losing their last five matchups with Boise State. Popular sportsbooks favor the Broncos by two touchdowns, but Wyoming has consistently upended paper predictions in 2022.
Prior to the season, the Cowboys were picked to finish second-to-last in the Mountain Division. Now, they have the chance to own the tiebreaker with an upset win over the Broncos.
Considering the bitter cold conditions, expect a ground and pound battle Saturday in Laramie. Boise State's George Holani and Wyoming's Titus Swen rank No. 3 and No. 6 in the conference in rushing yards this year, respectively.
On defense, the two squads are led by hard-nosed linebackers and physical fronts. Cowboy sophomore Easton Gibbs ranks third in the Mountain West with 88 total tackles, while Boise State's DJ Schramm leads the team with 74 total tackles, 21 more than the closest Bronco.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT Saturday. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. For more information on ways to watch, matchup statistics and series history, check out KTVB's Game Day Guide.
As the 'Official Station of Bronco Nation,' fans can follow the score, updates and highlights from Laramie with KTVB's Game Tracker and live blog below. The Game Tracker includes a real-time scoreboard and the latest Twitter updates from Jay Tust, Brady Frederick and Boise State football.
KTVB's Bronco Roundup Game Day Show will be live on KTVB Channel 7, KTVB.COM, KTVB+ on Roku and Amazon Fire TV and the KTVB mobile app on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. MT. Join Tust and Frederick for an inside scoop on storylines surrounding the Broncos-Cowboys battle.
The exclusive pre-game show will feature interviews and updates live from inside War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, getting Bronco Nation prepared for kickoff.
Interviews with Boise State head coach Andy Avalos and players 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 recap, highlights and comments from Saturday's contest.
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