Friday night’s slate of action features two ranked teams looking to stay unbeaten.
Here’s a closer look at both of those CFB matchups:
Air Force Falcons @ #20 Boise State Broncos (-8), ESPN2, 9:00 PM:
The Boise State Broncos (3-0) head into their second consecutive Friday night home game after having plenty of success last week.
Boise State covered a hefty 34.5-point spread and did it with ease, defeating Portland State 45-10. With the win, the Broncos moved up four spots in the rankings to #20.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first quarter, the Broncos immediately responded courtesy of senior wideout John Hightower’s 98-yard kickoff return. Hightower would just be getting started as he would then haul in four receptions for 79 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown.
Freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier built on his early-season success with another efficient outing, completing 16-of-25 passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The Air Force Falcons (2-0) ran past the Colorado Buffaloes with a 30-23 overtime road win.
Air Force pulled some strings with their usual triple-option offense by throwing the ball 12 times and connecting for two passing touchdowns. Junior quarterback Donald Hammond III completed 7-of-12 passes for 155 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Lead running back Kadin Remsberg carried the ball 23 times for 146 yards and one touchdown.
Air Force has proven to be no easy task and confidence is high in the camp.
But the Broncos’ offense is clicking (95 points in three games) and the defense has given up just 17 points in their last two. On top of that, the program holds the best home record this century (115-9).
The Falcons will give the Broncos a tough test, but I just cannot see them pulling off the upset, or covering the 8 points.
Pick: Boise State (-8)
#10 Utah Utes (-3.5) @ USC Trojans, FS1, 9:00 PM:
The 10th-ranked Utah Utes hit the road for Southern California and take on the Trojans in an early PAC-12 test.
Utah took care of business at home shutting out the Idaho State Bengals 31-0. Senior quarterback Tyler Huntley had himself a day completing 15-of-19 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, adding six carries for 22 yards.
Running back Zack Moss carved up the Bengals’ defense rushing for 106 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries.
The USC Trojans dropped out of the top 25 after an overtime loss to the BYU Cougars 30-27.
After losing starting quarterback JT Daniels in the first game of the season, freshman Kedon Slovis stepped in, but struggled against BYU. Slovis threw three interceptions while completing 24-of-34 for 281 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. was a bright spot for the Trojans catching nine passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
The Utes’ offense has proved to be dynamic through the first three games of the season averaging 32 ppg.
Nationally, their defense is also ranking in the top 10 for yards allowed (239.3pg), points allowed (9.7pg) and rushing yards allowed (65.0pg).
It will be challenged by the Trojans, who have some weapons in Tyler Vaughns, Michael Pittman Jr and Amon-Ra St.Brown.
USC may have won eight times at home in a row against Utah, but the Utes will look to target Slovis and that is where the game will be won.
Pick: Utah (-3.5)
By Stephen Rodriguez