Published November 20, 2014
No. 21 Boise State (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West) at Wyoming (1-6, 0-3), 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Line: Boise State by 16 1/2.
Series Record: Boise State leads 6-0
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Wyoming is looking for anything positive in a season gone sour on the field and now with the one-week suspension of its head coach Dave Christensen for his profanity-laden outburst against Air Force coach Troy Calhoun. The confrontation occurred two weeks ago but Wyoming didn't suspend and fine Christensen until this week, meaning he will not be on the sideline against Boise State. Boise State has won six in a row .
Wyoming QB Brett Smith vs. Boise State's front seven. Smith is the engine that makes Wyoming's offense go. Smith is averaging 301.8 yards per game total offense but has missed two games and part of another because of concussions. Boise State's defense is ranked in the top 10 for pass defense (158 yards per game), pass efficiency defense (95.6) and points allowed (13.5). It has held opponents scoreless in the first half in each of the last five games.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wyoming: LB Ghaali Muhammad leads the Cowboys in tackles this season, with 64 total tackles, including 41 solo. He ranks third in the Mountain West in tackles, averaging 9.3 per game.
Boise State: RB D.J. Harper has 32 career touchdowns and needs one more to rank him fifth in school history. Harper ranks ninth all-time at Boise State in career rushing yards (2,250), and needs 19 more to move up to seventh on the list.
FACTS & FIGURES
Boise State sophomore WR Matt Miller is three receptions shy of 100 for his career. ...The Broncos defense has held four of this season's seven opponents to their lowest-scoring game of the season. ...Boise State has not lost a game in October since 2001 when it fell to Rice 45-14 on Oct. 6. ... Wyoming is looking for its first home win of the season. UW lost its first three home games by one (27-28 to Air Force), two (22-24 to Cal Poly) and three (31-34 to Toledo). ...The Cowboys have had five of their first seven games decided by a touchdown or less but have won only one of the close games — a 3-point overtime win at Idaho.