BOISE, Idaho — The Boise State Broncos had their last two games canceled because of the coronavirus. Saturday BSU should return to the field at Wyoming with kickoff set for 4:00 p.m.
A win would give the Broncos (4-0) a spot in the Mountain West Conference Championship and a chance to likely defend their crown on the blue regardless of what happens in the San Jose State (5-0) and Nevada Game (6-1).
Even if both San Jose State and Boise State win their games this week, the Broncos would likely get to host because of California's COVID-19 restrictions.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara County, the Nevada-San José State game scheduled for Dec. 11 has been relocated to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. — Mountain West (@MountainWest) December 7, 2020
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The pandemic has caused challenges all across the college football landscape.
The BSU vs. San Jose State game on the blue was canceled on November 28, but the Broncos hope they will have a chance to compete in Wyoming.
"It will be very exciting just like the beginning of the season," said running back Andrew Van Buren. "We are just waiting to play another football game."
The 21-day layoff does have some advantages allowing players to get healthy both from the coronavirus and injuries, running back, George Holani is expected to return.
"That gives us that one-two punch," said offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau. "George is a special player."
The running game could be an important factor with snow and cold temperatures forecasted in Laramie, it will be the first time quarterback Hank Bachmeier has ever been to Wyoming.
"I can't really say that I've played in a windy, cold, nasty game," said Bachmeier. "So we will see how it goes, I think it just comes down to execution and just making the right decisions."
Bachmeier pointed to adversity as the number one lesson of this football season, he missed two games earlier this year because of COVID-19, but he looks forward to this game.
"I am just honored to be a Bronco, the lessons I have learned here and that Bronco mentality is a real thing," said Bachmeier. "I think the lessons we learn here translate to not just football, but life, and I'm just grateful to have Coach Harsin as a mentor."
A win on Saturday would move Boise State one step closer to their goal of a Mountain West Championship.