Story line: Coming off a 34-29 victory at Army last Saturday, San Jose State hosts No. 21 Boise State trying to end three long droughts: The Spartans haven’t beaten a ranked team since they upset No. 16 Fresno State (and QB Derek Carr) 62-52 on Nov. 29, 2013. They haven’t won consecutive games since October 2014. And, they haven’t beaten the Broncos. Period. San Jose State is 0-13 against Boise State. The teams’ first meeting came in 1978, the most recent in 2016.

 If the Spartans are to upend Boise State, you figure Josh Love must have a big game. Few quarterbacks in the country can match the numbers the senior posted in October. In four games (two wins), he passed for 1,342 yards and 10 touchdowns.

 Protecting Love will be key for the Spartans. Boise State averages three sacks per game. Junior linebacker Curtis Weaver leads the Mountain West Conference in sacks with 9.5.

 Who starts at QB for the Broncos is uncertain. Freshman Hank Bachmeier started Boise’s first six games — all wins — but had to leave the 59-37 win over Hawaii on Oct. 12 because of a hip injury. Bachmeier sat out the 28-25 loss at BYU on Oct. 19. Subbing for Bachmeier, sophomore Chase Cord went 18-for-31 for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Broncos had a bye last week.

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Steve Kroner’s main coverage beats for The San Francisco Chronicle’s Sporting Green are WCC basketball, the Giants and the A’s. He occasionally covers the NFL and college football, the NBA and golf. Steve, who joined The Chronicle in November 1998, also works as a copy editor. Before working at The Chronicle, he spent 16 years as a sports producer/reporter for KPIX TV. Born in San Francisco and raised in Millbrae, Steve went to Capuchino High and then to Cal, from which he graduated in 1981 with degrees in journalism and political science.

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