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Idaho State football hosting rare ranked matchup in Pocatello

Idaho State will host Portland State in a rare matchup of ranked teams at Holt Arena on Saturday.

The Bengals, ranked 23rd in the STATS Football Championship Subdivision top 25, take on the 24th-ranked Vikings in a 4:05 p.m. kickoff. The Vikings knocked off Washington State in their opener, while the Bengals rolled to a 55-0 rout of Division II Black Hills State, their first shutout in 10 years.

“Our offensive line will have to rise to the challenge against a defensive front that took apart a Pac-12 offensive front,” Idaho State coach Mike Kramer said.

Kramer said his line will be ready, calling them “alpha dogs” after racking up 710 yards on offense, the second-most in a single game in school history.

Last season, Idaho State beat Portland State 31-13. The Vikings are ranked for the first time during a season since the first week of the 2007 campaign — they were ranked in the final postseason poll in 2011. Portland State has not beat a ranked team since 2008, a losing streak of 21 straight, while the Bengals have one ranked win since 2005.

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