Kickoff: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Television: NBC Sports
Radio: KMJ (AM 580), ESPN Deportes (1600 AM)
Keys to the Game
Fresno State is 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference and sit atop the conference with Nevada. Boise State is right behind them at 1-0. The Bulldogs enter Saturday just a touchdown underdog. It's the first time FS has not been a double-digit underdog versus BSU since 2009.
The ‘Dogs have never beaten Boise State on the Blue Turf, their last win in Boise was in 1984, two years before Bronco Stadium installed the infamous blue playing surface. BSU has lost just one regular season game On the Blue in the last 11 seasons – a one-point loss to TCU last season. But FS has won twice On the Blue in bowl games (2004 vs. No. 18 Virginia and 2007 vs. Georgia Tech). The 2004 Humanitarian Bowl win over the Cavaliers is also the last time Fresno State beat a Top 25.
FS has not played very well on the road and Boise is statistically the toughest place to play in all of college football the last decade. All signs point to another Bulldogs loss.
However, this is not the same coached Bulldogs team. Moreover, this is not the same Broncos team that has dominated FS over the last six seasons.
The ‘Dogs will show different looks, especially on defense. And the defense will be the reason Fresno State has a chance to pull the upset.
FS played horribly in the final three quarters on the road against now 6-1 Tulsa and Breshears missed two extra points and a field goal. Despite the lackluster effort, Fresno State led by nine points in the second half and lost by just one-point.
Boise State is better than the Golden Hurricane. And the Bronco defense is significantly better than Tulsa's as well.
The Fresno State offense will have more opportunities to score and Breshears will be a factor. But the ‘Dogs must play near perfect to win. BSU is an opportunistic team and makes few mistakes. The Bulldogs could outgain and outplay the Broncos and still come up short.
Fresno State 19, Boise State 21