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MWC Matchups: Boise, Fresno Play For Poll Position

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Boise State must go to Fresno State this season in a Mountain Division showdown that likely will determine which team will play in the inaugural MWC championship game. Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images.
Boise State must go to Fresno State this season in a Mountain Division showdown that likely will determine which team will play in the inaugural MWC championship game. Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images.

Friday

Who: Boise State (2-1, 1-0 MWC) at Fresno State (2-0, 0-0 MWC)

When: 6 p.m. PT 

Where: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif.

On The Air: ESPN

On The Board: FSU by 3.5

On The Line: Fresno opens their MWC schedule with their biggest game of the year. If the Bulldogs want to prove they’re for real, they need to beat BSU at home. If FSU pulls off the win, they have the inside track to the MWC championship. 

Saturday

Who: Wyoming (2-1, 0-0 MWC) at Air Force (1-2, 0-2 MWC)

When: 8:15 p.m. MT 

Where: Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colo.

On The Air: ESPNU

On The Board: Wyoming by 4.5

On The Line: The Cowboys have outscored their last two opponents 77-17, so they’re clearly clicking on offense. Air Force has dropped their first two MWC games already and another loss will effectively take away any hopes of contending in the Mountain Division. 

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Who: Colorado State (1-2, 0-0 MWC) at Alabama (2-0, 1-0 SEC)

When: 6 p.m. CT 

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

On The Air: ESPN 2

On The Board: Alabama by 39.5

On The Line: The Rams finally got in the win column with a 34-17 victory over FCS opponent Cal Poly last week. The thrill of that win should be short-lived however, as the Jim McElwain returns to his old stomping grounds in Tuscaloosa to face the Crimson Tide. CSU needs to hope for a major letdown from Alabama, who is coming off an emotional win over Texas A&M. 

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Who: Utah State (2-1, 1-0 MWC) at USC (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12)

When: 12:30 p.m. PT 

Where: L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

On The Air: ABC/ESPN2

On The Board: USC by 6.5

On The Line: The Aggies head to Southern California to face a Trojans squad that has struggled to start the year. Even with USC not playing to expectations, this would be a signature win for USU. This is a winnable game that would bring instant credibility to the Aggies in their first season in the MWC. 

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Who: Hawaii (0-2, 0-0 MWC) at Nevada (1-2, 0-0 MWC)

When: 5:05 p.m. PT 

Where: Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nev.

On The Air: Mountain West Digital Network

On The Board: Nevada by 10

On The Line: Nevada finally gets a bit of a breather against the Rainbow Warriors after games against UCLA and Florida State. Despite the brutal opening schedule, the Wolf Pack can get back to .500 with a win against lowly Hawaii and start their MWC schedule off on the right foot. 

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Who: Oregon State (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) at San Diego State (0-2, 0-0 MWC)

When: 4:30 p.m. PT 

Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

On The Air: CBS Sports Network

On The Board: OSU by 9.5

On The Line: Oregon State has rebounded a little bit after a shocking loss in the season opener. The Aztecs still are looking to get their feet under them. If they can’t manage to keep it close against the Beavers, we may have to write them off as a bad team this year. 

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Who: San Jose State (1-1, 0-0 MWC) at Minnesota (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

When: 11 a.m. CT 

Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

On The Air: ESPN

On The Board: Minnesota by 3.5

On The Line: Don’t let the Golden Gophers' record fool you. They haven’t really played anyone yet. The Spartans are coming off a tough loss to Stanford, but can get a big non-conference win by beating a Big Ten team at home.

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Who: Western Illinois (2-1, 0-0 MVC) at UNLV (1-2, 0-0 MWC)

When: 6 p.m. PT 

Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

On The Air: None

On The Board: UNLV by 12.5

On The Line: Don’t pencil in UNLV for a winning streak just yet. Western Illinois went to Minnesota last week and only lost by 17. The Runnin’ Rebels lost to the same Golden Gophers squad by 28 to open the season.