CSJ’s FBS G5 Week 7 Game of the Week and Fearless Predictions












The FBS G5 game of the week pits two Top 5 ranked Mountain West Conference teams in Boise State . See the full CSJ Sagarin Top 25 ranked teams.

There are two other Top 25 match-ups with #6 Memphis hosting #8 Navy and #21 Utah State hosting #24 Wyoming.

#5 Boise State


(3-2, 1-0 MWC) at #2 San Diego State (6-0, 2-0 MWC)

Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:30 p.m. EDT, SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, Calif. (54,000)

Television: CBS Sports Network

Boise State and San Diego State have each won two games in the all-time series, and are each 1-1 at their home stadium. The Broncos won the last meeting, a 38-29 win in Boise, Nov. 15, 2014. The Broncos’ only road win over SDSU came in the first meeting between the schools, a 52-35 victory, Nov. 19, 2011.

SDSU has defeated two Power Five schools, whereas BSU has lost its two Power Five match-ups, which is the difference in two records.

These two teams have combined to win or share four of the last five Mountain West titles–San Diego State (MW crowns in 2012*, 2015, 2016) and Boise State (MW crowns in 2012*, 2014). * – indicates shared championship

The Aztecs are one of 13 undefeated teams remaining this season. Only three of those teams (SDSU, Georgia and Washington) have played at least three road games.

San Diego State has won eight straight games (fourth-longest active streak in FBS), and is 14-2 in its last 16 games and 27-3 in its last 30 contests.

San Diego State is 20-2 in its last 22 games against Mountain West opponents.

Senior running back/kickoff returner Rashaad Penny’s FBS season rankings: 1st in all-purpose yards (1,325), 1st in all-purpose yards per game (220.83), T-1st in total touchdowns (12), T-1st in points scored (72), 2nd in rushing yards (993), 3rd in rushing yards per game (165.5), T-3rd in scoring (10.0) and T-4th in rushing touchdowns (9).
Penny, who is tied for second nationally with six consecutive 100-yard rushing games, is tied for the fifth longest 100-yard game streak in school history.

Junior quarterback Christian Chapman has gone a career-high 111 pass attempts since his last interception (a Hail Mary on the final play of the first half in the season opener. He is an SDSU DI record 19-3 as the starting quarterback.
n In three of its last four games, San Diego State has limited its opposition to 283 yards of offense or less. Since Sept. 16, the Aztecs are 17th nationally, allowing just 301.8 yards per game.

Bronco quarterback Brett Rypien recovered from an interception on his first pass attempt of Friday night’s game at BYU, going 12-for-18 the rest of the way to fi nish 12-for-19 with 125 yards and a touchdown in the 24-7 win.

As has been the case this year, a multitude of Bronco receivers were involved in the air attack, as seven different receivers hauled in a pass, led by Cedrick Wilson and Jake Roh with three apiece. Rypien’s lone touchdown pass, his first of the season, went 24 yards to Sean Modster just before halftime, marking Modster’s first-career touchdown.

Coach’s Pregame Press Conferences

San Diego State’s Rocky Long

Boise State’s Bryan Harsin



These two teams very well could met again regardless of the result Saturday as the two are in different divisions within the Mountain West Conference as the two are in different divisions. But in this one, I think the home field will help the Aztecs for a touchdown difference. Both play fairly good defenses so I think it will be a lower scoring game.

San Diego State 27 Boise State 20

Elsewhere in the Top 25
(Winners in BOLD)

#1 UCF vs. East Carolina
#3 Houston at Tulsa
#4 USF vs. Cincinnati
#6 Memphis vs. #8 Navy
#7 Colorado State vs. Nevada
#9 Toledo at Central Michigan
#10 Western Michigan vs. Akron
#11 Northern Illinois at Buffalo
#12 SMU Bye
#13 Appalachian State at Idaho
#14 Troy vs. South Alabama (Wed.)
#15 Army vs. Eastern Michigan
#16 Air Force vs. UNLV
#17 Tulane at Florida Internatinal
#18 Temple vs. Connecticut
#20 Marshall vs. Old Dominion
#21 Utah State vs. #24 Wyoming
#22 New Mexico at Fresno State
#23 Florida Atlantic Bye
#25 Louisiana Tech Bye