More than just a win at stake for Boise State

ccripe@idahostatesman.comSeptember 20, 2013 

There’s a lot on the line Friday night when the Boise State and Fresno State football teams clash at Bulldog Stadium.

Just not a conference championship.

The Broncos and Bulldogs play in separate divisions of the Mountain West this year. This game counts in the standings but likely will have little impact on either team’s chances of reaching the conference championship game.

The winner still probably needs to go 5-0 within its division. The loser almost certainly does.

What is at stake?

The Milk Can: The traveling trophy has been in the Broncos’ hands since 2006, the first time it was awarded at a game (the trophy was made in 2005 but wasn’t at the game). “The honor to bring that home and have your name placed on that milk jug is something special,” Boise State defensive end Kharyee Marshall said.

Bowl Championship Series: Fresno State would become a leading contender for a BCS berth if it beats Boise State.

Home-field advantage: Boise State and Fresno State are the favorites to reach the first Mountain West championship game. If that happens, the team with the highest BCS ranking will play at home. The winner of this game would hold an edge with poll voters. “There’s no doubt we’d want that here,” Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr said.

Top 25 rankings: Fresno State likely will be ranked in both polls if it beats Boise State. The Broncos have finished in the Top 25 for five straight years and can get back on that track with a win. “If we want to do the things we want to do this year,” wide receiver Kirby Moore said, “we need to have a good game on Friday.”

More on Friday's game between Boise State and Fresno State

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Game breakdown

Fresno State players to watch

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