Tech has lost four straight and five of their last six. Their last win was a 45-7 blowout of New Mexico State back on October 17.
For Fresno State, this is a must win game, especially with a road game against Illinois looming next weekend. They need a victory to not only ensure a bowl game at the end of the year but to prove that their 52-14 lopsided loss to Nevada was a fluke.
But they'll have to do that without their best player. Running back Ryan Mathews who will sit out this afternoon's game with a concussion he suffered last weekend against Nevada.
That will put the running game on the shoulders of running backs Lonyae Miller and freshman speedster Robbie Rouse. But not only do these two guys have to pick up the slack left by the absence of Mathews, but quarterback Ryan Colburn will need to make plays with his arm.
Todd's Keys to the game
Todd's Prediction: Fresno State 31, Louisiana Tech 17
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