Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 21° Clear
Sports

First look: Boise State at Washington State

Sept. 4, 2017 Updated Mon., Sept. 4, 2017 at 10:31 p.m.

Boise State tight end Jake Roh (88) runs after the catch during the second half of the season opener against Troy. The Broncos visit Washington State Saturday. (Otto Kitsinger / AP)
Boise State tight end Jake Roh (88) runs after the catch during the second half of the season opener against Troy. The Broncos visit Washington State Saturday. (Otto Kitsinger / AP)

What is it? Boise State (1-0) makes the return trip of a nonconference home-and-home series with Washington State (1-0).

Where is it? Martin Stadium in Pullman.

When is it? Late … again. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday.

Where can I watch it? The Worldwide Leader in Sports, ESPN.

Who is favored? WSU starts as an 8.5-point favorite one year after opening as a 12-point underdog against the same team.

Why WSU will win: The Cougars defensive front dropped Montana State’s Chris Murray three times on Saturday. Brett Rypien isn’t nearly as mobile and Troy got to the Boise State quarterback four times in the season opener at Albertsons Stadium.

Why BSU will win: Rypien does have a cannon and if he gets the protection he needs, the junior could test the Cougars down the field. Alex Grinch’s defensive backs didn’t get much of a workout in the opener and saw just 12 pass attempts.

What happened last time? In the second week of the 2016 season, Broncos running back Jeremy McNichols left treadmarks all over the blue turf in Boise, cruising for 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 31-28 BSU win.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.