Boise State's upcoming match-up against Utah State (3-3, 2-0 MW) lost some of its luster when Aggies' quarterback Chuckie Keeton suffered a season-ending injury.
That doesn't diminish the importance of Saturday's game.
For all intents and purposes, the winner will have a stranglehold on the Mountain Division, and barring an upset, will punch a ticket to Fresno for the inaugural Mountain West Championship.
"We're preparing for this game like it's the Mountain West Championship itself," explains Broncos safety Dillon Lukehart. "That's basically what it is to us. We still have a chance, we see it all in front of us, and we know it's all still there."