The San Jose State Spartans are one of college football's feel-good stories of 2020, going undefeated in the Mountain West Conference and earning their first berth in the MWC Championship Game on Saturday against Boise State. The 24th-ranked Spartans also are attempting to start 7-0 for the first time since the school's 1939 squad went unbeaten in 13 games. San Jose State has never beaten Boise State and last had a winning record in 2012, and coach Brian Brennan was just 8-29 with the Spartans before this season.
Kickoff in the 2020 Mountain West Championship Game, which will be held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, is set for 4:30 p.m. ET. The Broncos are favored by seven points in the latest San Jose State vs. Boise State odds from William Hill, and the Over-Under is set at 56.5. Before making any Boise State vs. San Jose State picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Boise State vs. San Jose State spread: Boise State -7
- Boise State vs. San Jose State over-under: 56.5 points
- Boise State vs. San Jose State money line: Boise State -250, San Jose State +205
- BSU: The Broncos have won three straight games since being hammered 51-17 by then-No. 9 BYU on Nov. 6.
- SJS: The Spartans' last winning record was in 2012 -- their final season in the WAC before joining the Mountain West
Why Boise State can cover
The Broncos have been the dominant program in the Mountain West in the past decade, winning at last a share of four conference crowns since 2011. Boise State was set to play San Jose State in Boise on Nov. 28, but it was declared a no-contest just hours before kickoff due to COVID-19 issues in the Broncos program.
Boise State has won all 14 of its previous games against the Spartans, with six of the victories by at least 35 points. The Broncos allow 26.0 points per game with all-conference DB Avery Williams also being named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year for the second straight season. Williams has scored twice in 2020 on kickoff returns, and once on a blocked punt that he returned for a touchdown.
Why San Jose State can cover
Just two years after going 1-11, San Jose State is trying to beat Boise State for the first time in 15 attempts. The Spartans also are attempting to start 7-0 for the first time since the school's 1939 squad went unbeaten in 13 contests.
San Jose State is averaging 30.3 points per game on offense while limiting opponents to 17.5 points per game. Spartans quarterback Nick Starkel, an Arkansas transfer, has passed for 1,453 yards and 13 touchdowns and been intercepted just four times. Defensive end Cade Hall, who has a team-leading eight sacks this season, earned Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors.
How to make Boise State vs. San Jose State picks
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