College football's latest wave of conference realignment has prompted the American Athletic Conference (AAC) to target Mountain West programs as potential expansion candidates. Naturally, Boise State is reportedly in the mix.
And the Broncos will soon have a golden opportunity to demonstrate their value to the American when they host Big 12 opponent Oklahoma State in a primetime matchup on Saturday night.
"An opponent coming from the Big 12 into Albertsons Stadium is a big deal, let's just say it," Boise State head coach Andy Avalos told The DA Show on Friday. "We know what it is. Every game is as important as the next. We only have 12 games guaranteed. And we train all year, we work all year, we prepare all year for these opportunities. So, each one is extremely important.
"But the atmosphere around town here already -- as people start to come in town for the game, what it's been throughout the week and the excitement for it -- it's a big deal. It's an unbelievable opportunity to have an opponent like this come to Boise."
Boise State (1-1), the favorite to win this year's Mountain West title, will enter Saturday with momentum on its side. Last week, the Broncos trounced UTEP behind a 340-yard, two-touchdown performance from junior quarterback Hank Bachmeier. It was Avalos' first win as Boise State's new leader, and the program's 20th straight home-opening victory.
Saturday will mark the Broncos' fifth meeting all-time against a Big 12 school. Back in 2018, Boise State and Oklahoma State happened to face each other as top-25 ranked opponents in Stillwater -- the Cowboys won easily, 44-21.
The entire Boise State conversation between Avalos and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.