San Diego State-Boise State Preview Capsule

The Associated Press Published:

San Diego State (6-3, 4-1 Mountain West) at No. 19 Boise State (7-1, 4-0), 10:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Line: Boise State by 14.

Series Record: Boise State leads 1-0

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Boise State has won seven straight and elbowed their way back into the BCS bowl game sweepstakes. But hopes of getting to one of those prized postseason games hinges on winning the rest of the way. For the Aztecs, an upset in Bronco Stadium would go a long way in building momentum for the program and a shot at winning the conference title.

KEY MATCHUP

Boise State's running backs vs. the San Diego State front six. The Aztecs play a 3-3-5 scheme on defense and the front six creates blocking problems for opposing offensive lines. The front six for the Aztecs will need to do more than create confusion to hold the Broncos backfield tandem of D.J. Harper and Jay Ajayi in check. The duo is a big reason the Broncos are averaging 165 yards per game on the ground.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

San Diego State: QB Adam Dingwell. Starting the season as the backup, the sophomore has had a hand in the last two Aztec wins, an overtime victory over Nevada and last week's 24-13 win over UNLV. He has a pass efficiency rating of 145.6 in those games and has thrown five touchdowns and just one interception.

Boise State: QB Joe Southwick: After some struggles and bumps early, Southwick appears to be easing into the offense, making smart decisions and critical throws in recent weeks. In last week's 45-14 rout over Wyoming, he had one of his best games, going 20 of 28 passing for 192 yards and led an offense that was 12 of 14 on third downs.

FACTS & FIGURES

Boise State won the first and only matchup of the two schools last year 52-35. ... Boise State ranks tied for third nationally in sacks allowed, giving up just a half a sack per game. ... Boise State has trailed opponents for a total of 25:02 minutes in games this season and the last time the Broncos played from behind was late in the first half in the second game of the season against Miami (Ohio). ... The Aztecs became bowl eligible with a win last week, marking the third straight year of being bowl eligible, the first time that has happened in school history. ... The Aztecs defense allows just 125 rushing yards per game, tops in the Mountain West. ... San Diego State has scored 318 points in the last eight games, the highest point production since midway through the 1996 season.