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Thursday Night (College) Football: Boise State vs. BYU

Boise State and BYU begin what is scheduled to be a 12-year rivalry tonight. Neither Chris Petersen nor Bronco Mendenhall seems enthused. The two schools may be conference foes before that deal expires. Both schools have been in the Top 25 this season. Neither has proven itself. Radical perception swings will accompany a win and a loss.

BYU: BYU stomped all over Washington State in Mike Leach’s opener 30-6. The held serve against Weber State. They then fell 24-21 to rival Utah in the Holy War, missing the game-tying field goal twice. Their comeback was great. The Cougars dominated statistically. This team may be talented enough to be BYU’s sixth 10-win team in seven seasons. To do that with away trips to Georgia Tech and Notre Dame left on the schedule, though, may require a win tonight.

Boise State: We know about the track record. With the fewest returning starters in FBS, we don’t know about this team. Boise State lost narrowly in East Lansing. That looked impressive until the Spartans got demolished there last weekend. That 17-13 score was also flattering, as Michigan State squandered an emphatic effort with self-inflicted turnovers. The Broncos beat Miami of Ohio at home last week, which was enough to move them back into the AP Top 25.

For Recreational Purposes: 70 percent of the money is on Boise State. We’ll take BYU +6.

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