Analyzing Boise State and San Jose State’s Network TV Appearances

As announced earlier this week, San Jose State and Boise State earned FOX’s 4 PM slot. This provides the Mountain West with a second consecutive week with a network TV appearance. In a week where several games were postponed, and the only all-ranked affair is the Iron Bowl, where Auburn is a 24.5 point underdog, this game could gain the nation’s attention.

Unsurprisingly, network TV is not a common destination for San Jose State or Boise State’s games. Starting with San Jose State, they have had occasional appearances since 1975. Thanks to the vastness of their football archives I found a detailed log.

  • Sept. 27, 1975 San Jose State at Stanford 36-34 (W)
  • Nov. 15, 1975 San Diego State at San Jose State 31-7 (W)
  • Dec. 3, 1977 San Diego State at San Jose State 37-34 (L)
  • Sept. 22, 1979 San Jose State at California 13-10 (L)
  • Sept. 13, 1980 San Jose State at Washington State 31-26 (W)
  • Sept. 26, 1981 San Jose State at California 27-24 (W)
  • Oct. 3, 1981 San Jose State at Fresno State 65-33 (W)
  • Oct. 2, 1982 San Jose State at California 26-7 (L)
  • Nov. 2, 1996 San Diego State at San Jose State 49-20 (L)
  • Oct. 1, 2005 Nevada at San Jose State 30-23 (L)
  • Oct. 21, 2006 San Jose State at Nevada 23-7 (L)

All previous appearances were on ABC, mostly on a regional basis, with the last two appearances shown to an audience of 18 percent of the country on the West Coast. Another glaring stat is the fact the Spartans have not won a network TV game since 1981.

Boise State has a significantly shorter network TV history with their first appearance on network TV coming on ABC Saturday Night Football in 2010 against Oregon State. Below are all of Boise’s network TV appearances:

  • Sep. 25, 2010: Oregon State @ Boise State 37-24 (W) (ABC Saturday Night Football)
  • Dec. 1, 2012: Boise State @ Nevada 27-21 (W) (ABC regional with UConn-Cincinnati)
  • Sep. 13, 2014: Boise State @ UConn 38-21 (W) (ABC regional with Kent State-Ohio State)
  • Dec. 6, 2014: Mountain West Championship Game vs Fresno State 28-14 (W)

Boise State will look to defend their undefeated record on network TV vs the Spartans, yet the Broncos should have many more network TV appearances in their future, especially given their separate TV contract from the Mountain West.

Aside from everything in the Mountain West and bowl placement that is up for grabs this Saturday, there are also some network TV streaks at stake. Will Boise State remain perfect? Or will San Jose State party like it’s 1981. This just adds extra flair for an already intriguing matchup.

**Huge thanks to Mattsarzsports.com as always for the huge source of TV listing data dating back to 2005!**

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