Boise State football players will wake up Saturday morning in Las Vegas as the city of partying tourists around them goes to sleep.
The Broncos play their first day game of the season at 1:30 p.m. Mountain at UNLV (12:30 p.m. in Las Vegas).
The team wakes up at 7 a.m.
“Twelve-thirty in Vegas sounds a little weird ... the (12:30) I’m talking about,” coach Bryan Harsin said.
Players say they like the idea of an early start. They practiced in the morning during spring ball and practice in the afternoon during the season.
But this will be only the third time they’ve played before 5 p.m. in the past two seasons. The others: noon last year at Connecticut and 2 p.m. last year in the Fiesta Bowl.
So the players will need to adjust.
“I’m kind of excited — it’s been a long time since we played a day game,” senior center Marcus Henry said. “... I don’t like night games just because you have to wait so long.”
Odhiambo breaks ankle
Senior left tackle Rees Odhiambo sustained a broken ankle in the fourth quarter Saturday against Wyoming, Harsin said Monday.
It’s unclear whether Odhiambo will be able to return this season, Harsin said. He’ll have surgery Tuesday.
Odhiambo is an NFL Draft prospect.
“Hopefully we can get him back and he’s able to play — if that’s a bowl game opportunity, great,” Harsin said. “If not, he does have a future in playing this game at the next level. ... There’s a guy who’s one of our best players, best leaders, and he’s not going to be out there playing for us. He’s a competitor and in your senior year, for a guy like that, it’s frustrating.”
Odhiambo has had bad luck with injuries throughout his career. He started eight games at right tackle in 2013 (missing five games), nine games at left tackle in 2014 (missing four) and all eight games at left tackle this year. He was an All-Mountain West second-teamer last year.
Sophomore Archie Lewis, who has started three games at right tackle this year, is listed as the starting left tackle this week. He started in place of injured right tackle Mario Yakoo last week. Lewis has eight career starts, including four at left tackle last year when Odhiambo was injured.
“(Lewis) did well (against Wyoming),” Harsin said. “He won his fair share of battles, lost a couple. He had a penalty. ... I thought he played hard, which is what we asked him to do. That was my request of him.”
Said Henry: “Archie’s kind of been a guy who’s gotten better each and every week. He definitely has proven himself to the line and we have total confidence in him if he has to go in at any position.”
If Yakoo is out, the Broncos could move right guard Steven Baggett back to his former spot at right tackle and play a backup at guard, perhaps Mason Hampton. Harsin also mentioned redshirt freshman Andres Preciado as an option at tackle.
Harsin said Yakoo and middle linebacker Tanner Vallejo, who didn’t play against Wyoming, are game-time decisions.
Boise State junior wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck has been nominated for catch of the week by Yahoo for his one-handed, juggling effort against Wyoming. ... Boise State senior safety Darian Thompson was named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back. He’s one of 16 semifinalists.
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Boise State at UNLV
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium (35,500, Sprinturf)
TV: ESPNU (Clay Matvick, John Congemi)
Radio: KBOI (670 AM), KTIK (93.1 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender
Records: Boise State is 6-2, 3-1 Mountain West; UNLV is 2-5, 1-2.
Series: Boise State leads 5-3 (Broncos won 32-7 in 2012 in Boise).
Vegas line: Boise State by 19 1/2