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Nov. 20, 2017

Fresno State Up Next

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9-2, 7-0 MW
No. 25/24 Boise State at Fresno State
Saturday, Nov. 25 | 1:30 p.m. MT
Bulldog Stadium | Fresno, Calif.
Broadcast: CBS Sports Network
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BOISE, Idaho - Having already clinched the Mountain Division, the Boise State football team will travel to Fresno, Calif., to square off against Fresno State, which has clinched the West Division, in a preview of next week’s Mountain West Championship Game.

The Broncos (9-2, 7-0 MW) and Bulldogs (8-3, 6-1 MW) are slated to close the regular season Saturday (Nov. 25) with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT at Bulldog Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.

Boise State rejoined the national rankings this past week, checking in at No. 25 in both the College Football Playoff and Associated Press Polls, and No. 24 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

MW CHAMPIONSHIP: Boise State will make its second appearance in the MW Championship Game next week, and first since winning the league title – against Fresno State – in 2014. The Broncos finished a game back of Air Force in the Mountain Division standings in 2015, and tied for first place last year but lost the tiebreaker to Wyoming. The 2014 league championship was the Broncos’ second as a member of the MW, having also tied for the league title in 2012.

THE SERIES: Boise State and Fresno State, which played each year from 2001-14, haven’t squared off since the 2014 MW Championship game (Dec. 6, 2014), a 28-14 Bronco win. Following a two-season hiatus, the schools will square off in back-to-back weeks. Boise State is 13-5 all-time against Fresno State, and the Broncos have won 13 of the 15 meetings since joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2001. The Broncos are 5-4 when playing in Fresno, but dropped the last road game 41-40, Sept. 20, 2013.

MOUNTAIN DIVISION CHAMPIONS: Boise State clinched the Mountain Division hours prior to Saturday’s kickoff against Air Force, as Fresno State’s victory at Wyoming eliminated the Cowboys from contention. The Broncos, however, punctuated their fi rst division title since 2014 by routing Air Force, 44-19, Saturday night.

Saturday’s outcomes set up a rare situation where Boise State and Fresno State will now face off in consecutive weeks, beginning with this Saturday’s (Nov. 25) regular-season finale and followed by Dec. 2’s Mountain West Championship Game.

The last time two programs faced each other in the regular-season finale followed by a conference championship game was in 2012, when Stanford and UCLA played in back-to-back weeks. Stanford defeated UCLA, 35-17, at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 24, then beat the Bruins, 27-24, in the Pac-12 Champion-ship Game at Stanford Stadium on Nov. 30.

FILL MY EYES WITH THAT DOUBLE VISION: Playing Fresno State in each of the next two weeks is not the first time that Boise State has faced the same opponent twice in the same season. In fact, the Broncos and Bulldogs faced each other twice in 2014, with Boise State winning the regular-season matchup (37-27, Oct. 14) and the Mountain West Championship Game (28-14, Dec. 6).

This year will mark the third time in which Boise State has played an opponent twice in the same season. Along with facing Fresno State twice in 2014, the Broncos faced Nevada twice in 1990. That year, the Broncos defeated the Wolf Pack, 30-14, in Boise (Nov. 10) before falling in the return game in Reno, 59-52 in triple overtime, in the NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals.

AN UNBEATEN CONFERENCE SEASON ON TAP?: Saturday night’s victory over Air Force improved Boise State to 7-0 in Mountain West play. With one regular-season game remaining, the Broncos have a shot at the program’s first unbeaten conference season since going 8-0 en route to the WAC title in 2009. Since joining the FBS in 1996, Boise State has finished unbeaten in conference play seven times: once in the Big West (2000), and six times in the WAC (2002-04, 2006, 2008-09).

BEST IN THE…WEST?: Heading into Saturday’s contest at Fresno State, Boise State has won 12-straight games against Mountain West West Division opponents. The Broncos are 2-0 against the West this season, beating then-No. 19/18 San Diego State, 31-14, on Oct. 14, and defeating Nevada, 41-14, on Nov. 4 in Boise. The last time the Broncos lost to a team from the West was a 34-31 overtime defeat at San Diego State on Nov. 23, 2013.


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