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Boise State has won four straight games and has its most completing outing of the season last week as the Broncos would like to build on that Saturday vs. dangerous Fresno State. BSU is a 7.5-point WagerWeb.com favorite.
The Broncos (4-1, 1-0 Mountain West) scored a season high in points in beating Southern Miss 40-14 a week ago. QB Joe Southwick threw three touchdown passes in his best game and finished 17-of-26 passing for 201 yards with an interception.
Boise State’s 5-1 edge in turnovers came one week after coach Chris Peterson’s team used three New Mexico fumbles to survive a 32-29 scare. D.J. Harper led the Broncos in rushing with 14 carries for 51 yards, including touchdown runs of 11 and 19 yards. BSU is now ranked in both polls for the first time since the opening week of the season.
Fresno State (4-2, 2-0) has won two straight and enters off a 28-7 win at Colorado State. — Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes, including two to Davante Adams, and Fresno State shut down Colorado State until the final moments.
Safety Phillip Thomas forced a fumble and had his NCAA-leading sixth interception of the season, and Robbie Rouse added 124 yards rushing on 26 carries for Fresno State.
Fresno State’s seven points allowed at Colorado State marked the first time in the last 36 games that the ‘Dogs held a team to under 10 points.
The Bulldog defense is allowing just 338.5 yards and 23.3 points per game this season. Fresno State continues to lead the nation with 18 turnovers gained this year. Boise State is tied for second with 17 takeaways
Boise State is 10-4 all-time against Fresno State, including victories in each of the last six meetings. The Broncos have won the last two meetings by a combined 101 points, and have posted victories of at least 50 points in three of the last four. Boise State knocked off the Bulldogs 61-10 in 2008, 51-0 in 2010 and 57-7 in 2011.
Boise State is 6-1 at home in the series — with the only loss coming in 1984 (37-21) — and 9-1 in conference games against the Bulldogs. The schools were league rivals in the Western Athletic Conference from 2001-10.
WagerWeb.com trends: Favorite is 11-1 ATS in their last 12 meetings. Bulldogs are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 meetings. Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Boise State.