The Boise State Broncos come to Fresno tonight. It's probably the biggest game at Bulldog Stadium since No. 10 Wisconsin visited the Bulldogs on September 13, 2008. Here's why:
Fresno State is ranked No. 25 by the Associated Press, and No. 27 in the Coaches' Poll. Win this game, and Fresno State will be firmly entrenched in both polls, a good precursor to a solid ranking to start the BCS standings in mid-October. Win this game, and Fresno State will be at least a 10-point favorite from now until the Mountain West title game. Win this game, and Fresno State will control its own destiny (as much as a non-automatic qualifier possibly can) to earning its first BCS bid, in the final year of the system.
The remaining schedule after tonight:
at San Diego State
vs. New Mexico
at San Jose State
It's all out there in front of Tim DeRuyter's team.
For what it's worth, Scott, Zach and the Pac-12 Networks' Bryan Fisher think Fresno pulls this one out, while Doug (18-for-20 in his Week 3 picks) sees Boise earning the win.
Here's the hype video Fresno State produced in advance of tonight's 6 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET) kick on ESPN.