Mountain West Week 3 Overview: Back Boise as Short Dogs at Pokes

Mark Lathrop

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 2:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018 2:41 PM UTC

The Week 3 Mountain West preview focuses on an intriguing matchup between Boise State and Oklahoma State. Mark Lathrop has a pick on that game and more in this week's breakdown.

2018 NCAAF Record: 7-4, +6.28u

*Note: Record includes official Twitter selections (@mlathrop3)

Mountain West Spotlight: Boise State (2-0 SU) @ Oklahoma State (2-0 SU)Saturday, 3:30 PM EST, ESPNFree NCAAF Pick: Boise State +3Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Two ranked teams that have absolutely blown out their opponents in the first two weeks meet up on Saturday, as the 17th ranked Boise State Broncos visit the 24th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. It’s a game that will be shown nationally on ESPN and should be an exciting matchup to say the least. Boise State has opened as a 3-point underdog, and preseason predictions have this being the only game that the Broncos will be listed as an underdog all year.

I like this underdog angle, and the fact that the Broncos passed their early road test against Troy with flying colors. Brett Rypien has been a monster in his first two games of his senior season and is playing behind an experienced offensive line that should give him time to sling the ball against a weak Oklahoma State secondary. Additionally, the Broncos have a special teams advantage in this game. It all adds up to me taking the Broncos and the points in what should be a thrilling matchup.

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Top-25 Showdown Saturday in Stillwater!

🐴 vs. 🤠
⏰ - 1:30 p.m. MT
📺 - ESPN
📻 - KTIK 93.1/KBOI 670#BleedBlue

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— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) 10 de setembro de 2018
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Around the Mountain West (All Saturday)

Oregon State at Nevada, 7PM EST, ESPN3: Nevada got their warmup game out of the way in Week 1 by waxing Portland State 72-19 at home. This week will be a much stiffer opponent as they face Vanderbilt coming off of a 35-7 snubbing of Middle Tennessee State. Nevada’s prolific passing game will come into play, as will Vandy’s pass-first offense and poor defense. This is a clear Over game if the number comes in right.

Wofford at Wyoming, 4PM EST: I can’t find a line to this game, but Wofford has been a ranked FCS power for quite some time now. I fully expect them to play the Cowboys tough in the first half, then fade in the second due to the altitude. If you can get the Cowboys under 2 scores lay the chalk.

Colorado State at Florida, 4PM EST: Florida looks to rebound after losing to Kentucky last week, and no opponent could be better for them than the Colorado State Rams. Lay all the points with the Gators and lean Over as well.

Fresno State at UCLA, 10:30PM EST: This is a game I’ve had circled for quite some time, yet I was expecting the Bulldogs to be an underdog in this matchup. Instead of that most of the value is gone as Fresno State has been listed as a 1-point favorite over the 0-2 Bruins. The UCLA defense is terrible, so it is still a lean towards Fresno State here.

New Mexico at New Mexico State, 8PM EST: New Mexico State can’t score, which has me eyeing the Under of 55.5 in this game. New Mexico is also missing it’s starting quarterback. Lock in that Under right now.

Prairie View A&M at UNLV, 10PM EST: Prairie View A&M was founded in 1876 as the “Alta Vista Agriculture & Mechanical College for Colored Youth”. It’s the second oldest college in the state of Texas. They actually have a pretty potent offense, so look at the Over in this game once the line comes out.

San Jose State at Oregon, 5PM EST: Have you ever seen a bunch of ducks try to murder another duck? I have, and it was disturbing. That said, the Ducks are a 41-point favorite over the visiting San Jose State Spartans in Eugene on Saturday. The Spartans just lost 31-0 against the Washington State Cougars, a team with a defense a far cry from that of Oregon. The game is a total pass.

Hawaii at Army, 12:00PM EST: This game starts at 7AM Hawaii time, so the line favoring Army at 6.5 points makes a bit of sense. The Rainbow Warriors were an 11.5-point underdog in this game in preseason projections, so this might be the spot where they fall back to earth.

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Top-25 Showdown Saturday in Stillwater!

🐴 vs. 🤠
⏰ - 1:30 p.m. MT
📺 - ESPN
📻 - KTIK 93.1/KBOI 670#BleedBlue

📝 https://t.co/rhQD7RXKsR pic.twitter.com/n43HZaD2bM

— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) 10 de setembro de 2018
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Arizona State at San Diego State, 10:30PM EST: Herm Edwards has his Arizona State team ranked after a nice win over Michigan State last week. They are allowing a paltry 32.5 yards rushing per game this year, so they will match up well against the Aztecs run-heavy offense. Take the Aztecs at -4.5 before the line creeps to -6 or more.

Tennessee Tech at Utah State, 8:00PM EST: The Aggies have been placed as 42.5-point favorites in this game with the total set at 61.5. The thing is, the Golden Eagles may just be that bad. Tennessee Tech just lost 49-10 to Kennesaw State at home after losing 34-10 to Chattanooga on the road in week 1. Travelling to Utah State will be one of the toughest spots on their schedule. This game is still a total pass.

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