Fresno State 0-9 in Boise Feeling The Blue
The Fresno State football team hates the blue field of Albertson's stadium and with just cause. The Bulldogs are 0-9 in games on the blue field including a 28-17 loss earlier this year.
Saturday they get another shot to remove the goose egg when they face Boise State for the Mountain West title and maybe much more.
At 1:30 p.m. tomorrow UCF, ranked 8th in the college football playoff poll plays Memphis and does so without their starting quarterback McKenzie Milton. UCF beat Memphis 31-30 earlier this year with Milton as Memphis blew a 30-3 lead. Even with the game at Central Florida you have to believe Memphis has a shot to pull off the upset.
If Memphis wins the next highest rated Group of 5 team is Boise State at 23rd, the next is Fresno State at 25th. So if UCF falls from the New Years Six bowl consideration it will be the Boise State-Fresno State winner who rises to a major bowl.
As has been noted this will be the broncos and Bulldogs 4th meeting in 372 days, the shortest period of time to collide that many times in NCAA history.
The total score of the previous three games is 59-58 Fresno State while the broncos have out gained the Bulldogs by about 100 yards in total offense. BSU is favored by 2 1/2 points Saturday. Get the picture? This will be a heavyweight fight and since the UCF game will be over by the time BSU and Fresno kickoff at 5:45 p.m. both teams will know just how the stakes have risen.
Still, only 25,000 fans are expected Saturday compared to the 35,000 who showed up for the Utah State game a week ago that began at 8:15 p.m. and went to midnight.
Hard to understand how if Bronco is really a nation, why they can't fill 36,000 seats!
BSU's next stop could be LSU in the Fiesta Bowl...or the Las Vegas Bowl in two weeks. The difference could well come down to the 12th man tomorrow night.
The Boise State crowd currently leads the nation in forcing "false start" calls against opponents including back to back calls against Utah State last week.
That might well be the support BSU needs to climb to back to back Mountain West Championships.