The Portland State Vikings will look to pull off a massive upset when they visit the 22nd-ranked Boise State Broncos on Saturday night.
Portland State (1-1) opened the season with a narrow loss at Arkansas before thrashing Simon Fraser at Hillsboro Stadium last Saturday.
Can the Vikings keep it competitive against the Broncos? Here’s how to watch and follow the game.
PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (1-1) AT NO. 22 BOISE STATE BRONCOS (2-0)
When: 7:15 p.m. PT Saturday, Sept. 14
Where: Albertsons Stadium | Boise, Idaho
TV channel: ESPN2
Live stream: Watch ESPN / Watch ESPN apps / Hulu
Betting line: Boise State by 34.5
Series record: Boise State leads 6-1
It’s the final tuneup for Boise State before jumping into Mountain West Conference play next week against Air Force. The Broncos looked great rallying for a win in the opener against Florida State before struggling to hold off Marshall in Week 2. The Broncos defense held Marshall without a first down in the second half. Portland State gave Arkansas a headache before falling 20-13 in the opener. The Vikings rebounded with a 70-7 romp over Division II Simon Fraser last week.
Boise State vs. complacency. The Broncos are well aware of the scare Portland State gave to a Power Five program just a couple of weeks ago. But the Broncos are the superior team and the matchup should be a chance for freshman QB Hank Bachmeier to get Boise State’s offense clicking before the start of conference play.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Portland State: QB Davis Alexander. After struggling in the opener against Arkansas, Alexander rebounded with a huge performance. He threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout of Simon Fraser. But he has yet to face a challenge like Boise State’s defense.
Boise State: DE Curtis Weaver. After picking up a sack last week against Marshall, Weaver now has 22 ½ career sacks. He’s fourth on the school’s all-time list and the active national leader in 29 career games.