Championship Saturday: Mountain West Conference up for grabs, as Boise State tackles #24 San Jose State today at 4:15

No. 25 San José State (6-0) will face perennial conference powerhouse Boise State (5-1) in the Mountain West championship game Saturday in Las Vegas.

The game is usually held on the higher seed’s home field but it is being played at Sam Boyd Stadium after it became the temporary home for the Spartans. The team relocated to Nevada because of virus-related restrictions in its home county in Northern California.

The teams were scheduled to meet during the regular season on Nov. 28, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues and declared a no contest.

San José State’s offense is averaging 30.3 points and 433.7 yards per game, while its defense allows 17.5 points per contest, good enough to rank 13th nationally. The Spartans also rank fifth in the nation in averaging 30.1 yards per kickoff return.

The Broncos have won seven of their last eight at Sam Boyd Stadium. San José State has won four of its last six at the former home of the UNLV Rebels, including a 30-20 win over Nevada this season.

Boise State’s defense has allowed 183.7 yards rushing per game and has the tough chore of containing running back Tyler Nevens, who averages 8.9 yards per carry.


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