Boise State wasn’t supposed to have a Western Athletic Conference showdown until the final weekend of November. But suddenly the Broncos have one early in the month.

Hawaii invades the Blue Turf in Boise on Saturday with a highly potent offense that has been rolling up points (39.2 per game) and yardage (491.7 per game) behind quarterback Bryant Moniz, the national leader in total offense (373.4 yards per game).

The Warriors are 7-2 and a perfect 5-0 in WAC play, giving the Broncos (7-0, 3-0) a chance to make a statement prior to the late-November contest at Nevada.

Boise State’s success is routinely downgraded by its soft schedule so Hawaii’s unexpected rise is a welcome occurrence. The Warriors are knocking on the door of the Top 25 so a large margin of victory would be impressive.

The contest is intriguing when you factor in Hawaii’s prolific offense against a Boise State defense ranked third nationally in scoring defense (13.4) and total defense (236.4).

Boise State definitely needs a large margin of victory on a Saturday in which Texas Christian and Utah meet in a Mountain West Conference showdown. The winner of that game has a solid chance at being the top non-BCS program in the BCS standings when the regular season ends.

Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore could use a big statistical game as he has slipped down the list of Heisman Trophy candidates. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Oregon running back LaMichael James are the co-favorites.

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