Mountain West Championship Prediction
At 4:15 p.m. ET on Saturday No. 24 San Jose State will take on 5-1 Boise State in the Mountain West Championship Game. The Spartans have been one of the bigger surprises in college football this season but can they pull off the upset versus the Broncos?
241 Boise State Broncos (-6.5) at 242 San Jose State Spartans (+6.5); o/u 56.5
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
4:15 p.m. ET, Saturday, December 19, 2020
Boise State Broncos Game Notes
Boise State sophomore RB George Holani (knee) is expected to play against San Jose State this Saturday. Holani (5'11/206) who was already wearing a brace on his left knee, came up holding his leg after a rushing attempt during the third quarter versus Wyoming on Saturday. And while the sophomore was cleared to play, he was a question mark during the week and did not look to be completely healthy while on the field pre-injury. The Bronco tailback recorded just three carries for three yards, while catching four passes for 19 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Andrew Van Buren will likely handle the majority of reps in the Mountain West Championship this Saturday against San Jose State.
San Jose State Spartans Game Notes
San Jose State senior QB Nick Starkel completed 20-of-30 passes for 306 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Friday's 30-20 win over Nevada. Thanks to Starkel, San Jose State were able to finish the year undefeated. Granted, claiming undefeated in a shortened season is a bit of a cheat code, but a 6-0 run is impressive regardless of the season. On Friday, Starkel led a passing effort that cleared 10 yards per attempt, constantly finding chunk yardage against the Nevada defense. He did have the one pick, but considering all of what else he did, the lone mistake was perfectly fine. SJSU finish the year 6-0 with a potential bowl game now in the mix.
Boise State vs. San Jose State Betting Prediction
The Spartans are 5-0-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, are 4-0-1 against the number in their last five games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game and are 6-0-2 at the betting window in their last eight games coming off a win. They’re also 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 games as an underdog, are 18-7-3 against the number in their last 28 conference games and have covered five straight times in the month of December.
On the other side, the Broncos are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games played in December and have dropped four of their last five games at the betting window following a win in their previous contest.
MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS +6.5