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How and what to watch for Boise State vs. No. 24 San Jose State in Mountain West Championship Game

The Mountain West champion will be crowned in Las Vegas with the Broncos and the Spartans meeting at Sam Boyd Stadium.

San Jose State Spartans wide receiver Tre Walker runs with the football after the catch during the third quarter against the UNLV Rebels at CEFCU Stadium. Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

An abbreviated 2020 Mountain West season will come to its conclusion on Saturday in Las Vegas when the No. 24 San Jose State Spartans do battle with the Boise State Broncos in the league championship game.

Like Coastal Carolina in the Sun Belt, SJSU has been a pleasant surprise this season with them posting an undefeated 6-0 regular season mark to earn their first national ranking since 2012. The Spartans officially clinched a spot in their first conference title game last week in a 30-20 victory over Nevada. Despite trailing by 13 at the half, Brent Brennan’s squad relied on the legs of Tyler Nevens and two fumble recoveries by the defense to blank the Wolf Pack in the second half and seal the comeback win. Nevens finished with a career-high 184 yards on just 12 carries and a touchdown.

Boise State finds themselves in the familiar terrain of playing for a Mountain West championship and while not having the attention they usually garner as a G5 contender, they still turned in a solid 5-1 regular season in which they held opposing quarterbacks to under 58 percent completed passes in five of their six contests. Wyoming was unable to move the ball at all in a snowstorm last week as Boise came away with a 17-9 victory.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Boise State vs. San Jose State on Saturday, December 19th at 4:15 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Boise State -7
Point Total: 56
Money line: Boise State -245, San Jose State +195

  • San Jose State is 5-0-1 against the spread this season, Boise State is 3-3.
  • San Jose State is 3-0 against the spread this season as an underdog, Boise State is 3-2 as a favorite.
  • San Jose State covered as a 16.5 point underdog in last year’s matchup between the two schools. The OVER of 61 hit in a 52-42 Boise State victory.

Betting splits

Boise State: (69% of handle, 44% percent of bets)
San Jose State: (31% of handle, 56% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Boise State enters this contest ranked 33rd in overall SP+, while San Jose State comes in at 57.

All of Boise’s victories this season has come by eight points or more and on a neutral field, expect the same against the Spartans.

Pick: Boise State (-7)

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