BOISE -- The Boise State Broncos (4-1) will face the Fresno State Bulldogs (4-2) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. When it happens, you can expect legions of fans to crowd Bronco Stadium for what's expected to be a nail-biter.
That's because the Bulldogs could be the toughest team BSU has faced in 2012 so far. It's also because the Broncos are coming off a four-game winning streak this season, as well as an 11-year straight series of wins in October.
With so much at stake, Broncos Head Coach Chris Petersen says the key to Saturday's game play will be turnovers. That's because Fresno State is currently ranked no. 1 in the nation when it comes to forced turnovers. However, Boise State is following close behind, ranked no. 2.
Petersen also says Fresno State's star quarterback Derek Carr and talented crop of receivers will increase Saturday's game difficulty.
"This is going to be one of those games that's going to be a slugfest," Petersen said during Monday's news conference. "You aren't going to get a lot of easy plays on these guys."
On the Boise State side, Petersen says the Broncos are making offensive progress. On Monday, Coach Pete says he expects upstart running backs DJ Harper and Jay Ajayi to continue shining, along with Junior quarterback Joe Southwick.
But will that progress be enough to take down Fresno State?
Petersen says the outcome of Saturday's game will ultimately depend on the work ethic of his players. "We have two choices: get worse or get better," Petersen said. "You don't stay the same in this deal. As long as we stay relatively healthy and practice hard... we're in good shape."
The Broncos have won the last six meetings with Fresno State, including blow-out wins of more than 50 points in the last three of four games.
The cost of tickets for the game start at $31, and go up based on the section.
Tickets can be purchased at all Select-a-Seat outlets, or by calling the Boise State Ticket Office at 208-426-4737.
They can also be purchased online at IdahoTickets.com.
HOW TO WATCH ON TV
Viewers can tune into the NBC Sports Channel (NBCS) to see the game broadcast live at 1:30 p.m.
- Cable One: channel 326 and 408 in HD
- DirecTV: channel 603
- Dish: channel 159
In addition, KTVB will broadcast a live pregame show at Bronco Stadium starting at 12:30 p.m. You can expect a live interview with Coach Pete immediately after the game.
PARKING AND TAILGATING
Several large events are happening at BSU on Saturday including:
- Parent and Family Weekend
- “Dralion” by Cirque du Soleil, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Bronco football vs. Fresno State, 1:30 p.m.
- Bronco volleyball vs. Nevada, 7 p.m.
Paid parking lots at Boise State open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and cost approximately $10. A number of road closures this year could make some parking tricky.
See the university's full parking information here.
While general and reserved game day parking is available at BSU, thousands of cars typically cruise nearby neighborhoods, parks, and businesses to score open spots.
That's why Boise Police remind fans that state and city codes prohibit parking in the following areas:
- Within 30 feet of a stop sign or yield sign
- Within 20 feet of a crosswalk, marked or unmarked
- Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
- On a sidewalk
- On a yellow or red "no parking" curb
These laws apply to all motor vehicles, including motorcycles and scooters. Most parking violations carry ticket fines of approximately $47, and vehicles parked in hazardous areas risk being towed.
Additionally, BPD reminds fans that open containers of alcohol are prohibited in public areas, including parks, parking lots, and neighborhood streets. Police say they'll monitor for illegal alcohol use in neighborhoods surrounding Boise State, Julia Davis Park, and other areas.
SHUTTLE SERVICE TO BRONCO STADIUM
The Downtown Boise Association plans to offer free shuttle buses to Bronco Stadium. Shuttles run every 15 minutes for two hours prior to game time, and immediately after the game for one hour. For pickup and drop locations, see the Bronco Shuttle link on the association's web page.
STADIUM COLOR SCHEME
Fans are encouraged to wear a tri-color scheme on Saturday, including blue, orange, and white colors. For specific section information, see the 2012 color scheme schedule.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FROM BPD
However, BPD and Boise Parks and Rec. say towing will not happen until 2 a.m. for games that start after 7 p.m. during 2012's Bronco Football season.
Police also say alcohol and glass containers are prohibited in all parks, except for in designated park shelter areas by those with designated permits. Click here for more on Boise park safety regulations.
Police will post signs on the north and south sides of University Drive to restrict parking between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Vehicles may be ticketed and towed in these areas.
ADDITIONAL PARKING OPPORTUNITY
Fans can park at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front Street for each home game during the 2012-2013 football season at a cost of $5.00 per car. All parking revenue proceeds will directly benefit victims served at Faces Family Justice Center.