The Boise State Broncos head to Sin City to take on the UNLV Rebels in a Saturday night game the Broncos should control from start to finish.
The big story surrounding this game revolves around Boise State and a possible move to the Big East. The Broncos are always on the lookout for a perennial automatic bid.
For the time being though, they will need to continue to roll against lesser opponents if they want a shot at a BCS Bowl this season.
UNLV shouldn't pose too much of a problem as they hardy have an offense to keep in pace with the Broncos vertical attack.
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 10:30 p.m. EDT
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Listen: Streaming here. Las Vegas (ESPN 1100 AM & 98.9 FM), Boise (670 AM KBOI)
Betting Line: according to Betonline.com Boise State -41
Key Storyline: I can't stress enough that the Big East expansion will remain the biggest storyline facing this game. The second would be Kellen Moore and the opportunity he has to become the winningest quarterback in NCAA history.
UNLV is that bad of a team that it doesn't warrant being in the biggest of the subplots presented by this game.
Who Might Not Play for Boise State: Chase Baker (calf) probable.
Who Might Not Play for UNLV:. Sean Tesoro (leg) questionable, C.J. Cox (arm) questionable
BCS/Top 25 Implications: This only pertains to Boise State who will either continue where it currently sits or drop dramatically. There is no middle ground.
The Broncos destroy the Rebels, the BCS will see that as a job that should have been done. If they falter...adios, Broncos.
What They're Saying:
Will UNLV Cover enormous spread?
Moore tells Foxsports that his record is more a tribute to the players he has played with than his talent. "It's a neat honor, but I'm in a fortunate situation. I've been fortunate to play for four years with a lot of great guys, and there's a lot of us and a bunch of people that got this record."
Former UNLV player Joe Haro talks about frustrations from alums. "It's definitely frustrating as a former player and alum. A lot of people know I played football. They will bring up if we even need a football program. That's upsetting."
Boise State Player to Watch: Moore should be infused with energy as he heads to what is nearly an assured honor. The stage is set for him to capture the winningest quarterback record, delivering the Broncos some high praise.
UNLV Player to Watch: Caleb Herring finally showed up against Colorado State last weekend. If UNLV has any shot at keeping close with the Broncos, he will need to be on his game once again.
Key Matchup: The UNLV offense has been awful for most of the season. We all know the Broncos are going to put up numbers. If UNLV is going to pull off a miracle, they are going to need a consistent effort by Herring and the rest of the offense.
On the Hotseat: Bobby Hauck is sure to get his fair share of criticism. However, even his critics can't expect much from this game.
Prediction: Boise State 57, UNLV 17