Fresno State is 2-3 on the season, dropping all three of its games versus BCS teams. But the Bulldogs most difficult opponent this season is not from an auto-qualifying (AQ) conference.
No. 5 Boise State is the fifth top 10 team to play inside Bulldogs Stadium, and is the highest ranked team the Bulldogs have ever faced in Fresno. The Broncos were 9-1 versus Fresno State when both teams were members of the WAC. The ‘Dogs own a 3-0 record in non-conference games – the last coming during Boise State’s first year in FBS play (1996).
Bulldog head coach Pat Hill is calling Friday’s game a must win.
Fresno State has finished 8-5 the last two seasons much to the dismay of the Fresno community. A loss to Boise State would put the Bulldogs at four losses just six games into the season with matchups remaining at Nevada, at Hawaii, and at San Diego State. The ‘Dogs have lost at least two WAC games every season since joining the conference in 1992, therefore, FS has little room for error.
Can the Bulldogs beat the Broncos?
But it’s not likely.
The Fresno State offense is capable of scoring on the Boise State defense. But the Bronco defense will get more stops while the Bulldog defense is good for at least four big plays let alone the drives Kellen Moore will put together.
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Fresno State’s offensive line has had to deal with multiple injuries and shuffling positions. Going into Friday’s game, the line continues to have question marks. Check inside for the latest on right guard Austin Wentworth and the Fresno State offensive line… LINK (premium)
Fresno State senior cornerback Isaiah Green gives credit where credit is due when talking about All-American Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. With that said, Green says the secondary must be disciplined this week against the Broncos for the Bulldogs to have a chance to knock off the No. 5 team… LINK (premium)
Fresno State strong side linebacker Travis Brown has ties to both the Bulldogs and Boise State. His father, former Fresno State defensive coordinator, the late Dan Brown, played for the Broncos. But the Brown family has bled Bulldog red for 15 years. Check inside to get Brown’s comments on this Friday’s game… LINK (premium)
Fresno State head coach Pat Hill reviews Ole Miss’ 15-play go-ahead drive and previews No. 5 Boise State in his weekly press conference… LINK (premium)
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