The Fresno State Bulldogs host the Boise State Broncos on Friday night in a primetime kickoff. The Western Athletic Conference matchup should continue to serve as a Bronco springboard in their search for perfection. Bronco fans should feel confident in knowing that their side has scored 191 points in their last four meetings over their WAC rivals. Fresno State is coming off of a heartbreaking 35-34 loss at the hands of conference rivals Nevada. The Broncos are coming off of a walloping of Idaho in a game where Boise State dropped 52 points on the road. If anything then game should be plenty exciting and feature a host of points, highlights and big plays.
It has been exactly the kind of season that Boise State coach Chris Peterson envisioned. His Bronco team is still undefeated and the chance to play for a national championship still remains. If that is to continue then a win against Fresno State is an absolute must. Of course, it helps that Fresno State is having a difficult time tackling and keeping opposing offenses out of the end zone. The Bulldogs rank 79th nationally in scoring defense. It should ease any Bronco fears that their high-powered offensive attack should go against a lax defense. Quarterback Kellen Moore may not find the kind of offensive success that he did last week but he should have ample time to throw. The Boise State run game should get a huge boost as they go up against one of the worst run defenses in the country. It is right to bet on Boise State to move the ball and tack on a bunch of points. If fans are looking for a statistic to back up a Boise State favoritism then look no further than Fresno State’s recent history on Friday nights: 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Friday games.
The Fresno State Bulldogs have a good scoring offense. But will it matter? They will be going up against one of the most vicious and overpowering pass rushes in the country. What certainly won’t help is that Fresno has a trio of lineman who are questionable with injuries. It isn’t something you want to have when you are going up against the nations #2 ranked scoring defense as well as the #2 ranked run defense. For those that have had the benefit of watching Boise State it becomes quite apparent how dominant their pass rush is. If Fresno State is to have any chance of winning then they will have to offer protection for quarterbacks and running backs (in the run game) throughout.
Fresno State vs. Boise State Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Fresno State +32.5
@ Boise State -32.5
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Fresno State vs Boise State Betting Predictions:
Game Total Prediction (Top Play) – It wouldn’t be a huge shock to see Fresno State score a few points. It would be a shock to see the Bulldogs prevent Boise State corm doing whatever they want. With the way Boise scores and the way Fresno State can score we will go with the over.
Spread Prediction – It can’t be very often where anyone would back a team with such a large spread. But, the kind of difference between these two teams cannot be overstated. Boise State is a powerhouse while the Bulldogs see their season heading in another direction. Boise State’s offensive prowess should be too much for the Bulldogs to contain. The Broncos are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games.