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Game Day Guide: Boise State hosts Fresno State on The Blue

Everything Bronco Nation needs to know ahead of Saturday's battle for the Milk Can at Albertsons Stadium between the Boise State Broncos and Fresno State Bulldogs.

Zack Armstrong

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Published: 5:38 PM MDT October 4, 2022
Updated: 5:01 PM MDT October 8, 2022

Back in the dog days of the 2022 summer, Boise State and Fresno State were picked as the heavy favorites to represent their respective divisions in the Mountain West Conference Championship game. 

Headlined by their veteran starting quarterbacks, the Broncos and Bulldogs took the cake with Hank Bachmeier and Jake Haener returning behind center. Fast forward three months and Saturday's battle for the Milk Can brings an entirely different outlook for the conference's heavyweight powers. 

According to 247Sports publisher Jackson Moore, Fresno State head coach confirmed the Bulldogs will be without their star quarterback in the City of Trees. Haener's high-ankle sprain held him out of last week's contest again UConn, which the Bulldogs lost 19-14. 

As for the boys in blue and orange, Bronco Nation is well aware of the changes to Boise State's offense, and quarterback position, since the media selected the Broncos as the Mountain Division favorite for the 10th-straight season. 

Two big changes to the Boise State offense paid off last Friday night as the Broncos posted 35 unanswered points to come from behind and beat San Diego State at Albertsons Stadium.

The second-half effort led by the Broncos' three-headed monster of quarterback Taylen Green and running backs George Holani and Ashton Jeanty revamped Boise State's season heading into a highly-contested conference matchup with Fresno State and a string of Mountain West matchups. 

The Boise State defense only allowed 26 net yards on 37 plays over the final three quarters against the Aztecs, totaling a whopping 0.7 yards per play on offense for San Diego State.

Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 7:45 p.m. MT on Fox Sports 1. Bronco Nation's vocal south end zone crowd contributed to seven San Diego State false starts last week. 

Another monstrous Albertsons Stadium crowd could pay dividends for a red-hot Boise State defense against Fresno State, especially with backup quarterback Logan Fife expected to start on The Blue.

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