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Mountain West Showdown: San Diego State vs. Boise State - Friday Night Clash Preview

As Friday night lights descend upon Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, football fans across the nation prepare for a thrilling showdown between the Boise State Broncos and the San Diego State Aztecs.

San Diego, CA – As Friday night lights descend upon Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, football fans across the nation prepare for a thrilling showdown between the Boise State Broncos and the San Diego State Aztecs. Week 4 of the 2023 college football season promises to deliver a compelling contest, and we're here to break down the action.


Date: Friday, September 22

Game Time: 10:30 PM ET

Venue: Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego, CA

How To Watch: CBS Sports Network


2023 Records: Boise State (1-2), San Diego State (2-2)


Why Boise State Will Win


Boise State's journey through the early season has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. The Broncos faced a formidable Washington squad, took UCF to the brink in a low-scoring thriller, and cruised past North Dakota – albeit without garnering much attention.


Now, Boise State is determined to emerge as the premier team in the Mountain West, even though they've largely flown under the radar. The Broncos' defense has shone brightly, with the exception of their struggles against a potent UW passing game. Notably, they have secured two takeaways in their last two outings.


Meanwhile, the San Diego State offense has sputtered, failing to gain traction on the ground in losses to formidable opponents like UCLA and Oregon State. The Aztecs' defense also faltered against the rush-heavy Pac-12 competition, while turnovers have plagued their performance.


However…


Why San Diego State Will Win


While falling to the likes of UCLA and Oregon State might have dampened the Aztecs' spirits, there's no shame in losing to top-tier competition. San Diego State's defense has held its own, and as long as they avoid costly mistakes, they could turn the tide in their favor.


Despite a lack of consistent pressure thus far, SDSU possesses the knack for dialing up critical blitzes and plays precisely when they're needed most. Their ten takeaways, tied for the nation's lead, illustrate their propensity for capitalizing on turnovers – a trend they'll look to continue.


This game presents the perfect opportunity for the Aztecs to come out swinging. UCF exposed Boise State's vulnerability to the ground game, while Washington opted for a more pass-heavy approach. North Dakota, while competitive, is not in the same league. If San Diego State can establish a strong ground attack with at least 35 rushing attempts, they should stay in contention throughout the matchup.


As the clock ticks down to kickoff, all eyes are on Snapdragon Stadium for what promises to be a defining clash in the Mountain West. Boise State and San Diego State, each with its own set of strengths and vulnerabilities, are primed to deliver an exhilarating Friday night showdown that college football aficionados won't want to miss. Be sure to tune in to CBS Sports Network at 10:30 PM ET to witness this gridiron spectacle unfold.

Austyn McFadden

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Friday, September 22, 2023

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