Broncos, Bulldogs Battle For MW Crown
Dec. 1, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - After winning the Mountain West's Mountain Division, the Boise State football team will host West Division champion Fresno State in the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship, Saturday (Dec. 6).
Kickoff between the Broncos (10-2, 7-1) and Bulldogs (6-6, 5-3) is slated for 8 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by CBS.
Boise State is ranked No. 22 in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Polls this week.
CFP POLL: The Broncos checked in at No. 23 in the College Football Playoff Poll Nov. 25, the team's first appearance in the new ranking system. Thus far this season only three Group of Five schools has been ranked in the poll, and Boise State is the only team to post a win the week after joining the rankings.
A DOZEN YEARS IN THE RANKINGS: Boise State checked in at No. 25 in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Polls, Nov. 23. It was the first time this season the Broncos were ranked. Boise State has been ranked for at least one week in both the AP and Coaches Polls in each of the 13 seasons.
SUCCESS WHEN RANKED: Boise State has an all-time record of 89-11 (.890) when ranked in the top 25 of the AP and/or Coaches Polls. A complete breakdown of every game played while ranked can be found on page 29.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE: For the first time since 2008, Boise State opened a season unranked in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Polls.
The Broncos had opened each of the last five seasons ranked in each preseason poll:
2009 - 14 (AP) / 16 (Coaches)
Prior to this season's debut polls, the Broncos had been one of only 11 schools to start each of the last five seasons ranked in the Coaches Poll, and one of 12 schools to open each of the last five seasons ranked in the AP Poll.
WINNING STREAKS: The Broncos are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, tied for the third-longest in the country.
Only Florida State (28) and Ohio State (10) boast longer streaks nationally. Alabama, Oregon and Wisconsin have each also won seven-straight.
Additionally, the Broncos boast the fourth-longest winning streak at home (13). Only Alabama (16), Baylor (15) and Florida State (14) have a longer streak at home.
BOWL-ELIGIBLE OPPONENTS: The Broncos' road to 10-2 this season has been no easy path. When Boise State squares off against Fresno State in the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship, it will be the team's 10th game played against a team that is currently bowl-eligible - tied for the most in the country. Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Syracuse are the only other schools in the country to face 10 bowl-eligible teams this season.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER: Boise State was perfect in November for the first time since 2009. The Broncos, 4-0 in November in 2014, lost once during the month each of the last four years. The losses in 2010 and 2011 cost Boise State an opportunity to play in a BCS game, the loss in 2012 cost the Broncos an outright MW Championship and the loss in 2013 prevented Boise State from playing in the inaugural MW Championship Game.
ANOTHER 10-WIN SEASON: After winning just eight games last season, the Broncos have once against reached the 10-win mark, the eighth time in nine seasons and the 13th time in 16 seasons.
TWICE IN ONE SEASON: For just the second time in school history, Boise State will face an opponent twice in a single season. Th e Broncos defeated Fresno State 37-27 earlier this year, and will host the Bulldogs in Saturday's 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship.
In 1990, Boise State defeated Nevada 30-14 at home (Nov. 10) before falling to the Wolf Pack 59-52 in triple overtime of the NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals. The playoff game was held in Reno, Nev., thus this year will mark the first time in school history Boise State has hosted an opponent twice in the same season.
RED ZONE SCORING: Boise State has scored in each of its last 42 red zone opportunities, of which 34 have been touchdowns. Following its loss to Air Force (Sept. 27), the Broncos ranked 112th nationally (.708), but have climbed all the way to 17th this week. On the season, Boise State is 59-of-66 (.894) inside the red zone.
PILING UP YARDS: The Broncos rank eighth nationally in total off ense, putting up an average of 512.1 yards per game. Of the yardage, 288.5 yards per game are coming through the air, the 18th-best mark in the country. Boise State ranks 26th in rushing (223.6).
The Broncos gained 676 yards against Colorado State (Sept. 6), 658 yards against New Mexico (Nov. 8) and 637 yards against BYU (Oct. 24) - the fi ft h-, seventh- and 11th-best marks all-time, respectively.
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