Enter the Warzone, conference title belting.
• Contrary to popular belief, Fresno State would not cost itself “millions of dollars” by winning the Mountain West Conference championship and knocking Boise State out of a major bowl.
The actual total is $166,666.67.
Of course, a Bulldogs victory would cost Boise State about $2.16 million. But they’d get to keep the Milk Can.
• Answer: They’ve won seven straight and just hung 50 points and 498 yards on the MW’s best defense.
Question: Why are the Broncos 191/2-point favorites against a team they beat 37-27 six weeks ago on the same field (and had them tied in the fourth quarter)?
• Fresno State hasn’t won at Bronco Stadium since 1984. Back when blue turf was a pigment of someone’s imagination.
• During Monday’s teleconference Boise State coach Bryan Harsin called the Mountain Division “one of the strongest in college football.”
Good manners prevented him from commenting on the West Division.
• Asked about Fresno State quarterback Brian Burrell, Harsin replied, “I think he’s playing better. I really do.”
Don’t go overboard, Coach.
• Broncos defensive coordinator Marcel Yates told the Idaho Statesman he would call anyone a liar who thought the Bulldogs were a 6-6 team after watching them on tape.
That goes for both the Nevada tape and the Wyoming tape.
• Fresno State beat six opponents that went a combined 31-42 and lost to six that went a combined 41-32.
Not perfect symmetry, but close enough for sports writing.
• Also on the teleconference MW Commissioner Craig Thompson made it clear Fresno State, even at 6-7, would get bowl priority over the league’s 7-5 teams.
Last week’s advice about not booking that trip to San Diego? Ignore button.
• For further proof that Bulldogs football and men’s basketball cannot experience simultaneous success we present to you ... November.
Scanned the rest of Fresno State’s nonconference schedule for games we’re absolutely certain the Bulldogs will win.
Came up with St. Katherine College. But not before looking up the Firebirds’ record (1-5).
• Now that the curtains have been pulled back on the Jim Harbaugh-Jed York silent feud, a reminder that Harbaugh has coached the 49ers to 48 victories (five postseason) in 33/4 seasons — compared to 46 victories in eight playoff-less seasons before that since York’s dad booted Steve Mariucci for reasons that made sense only to him.
• If the 49ers sever ties with Harbaugh, the Raiders are rumored to be a potential landing spot. Meaning Derek Carr could be his future quarterback.
So Sunday’s game should be considered an audition.
• Oakland was losing 45-0 to the Rams when coach Tony Sparano pulled Carr. Matt Schaub entered and threw a pick-six.
Because the universe must have its say.
• Sorry, A’s fans, you’re not allowed to have favorite players. Billy Beane has forbidden that.
• Makes no sense to trade a 28-year-old All-Star third baseman (Josh Donaldson) for a 24-year-old with potential who can’t stay on the field (Brett Lawrie).
Unless you’re a cheap organization.
• For no particular reason: Alex Blair
• The Warriors are arguably the NBA’s most entertaining team. Also, right now, arguably the best.
Wonder how long it takes before their games will be heard on Fresno radio airwaves.
• A pizza chain called WisePise has purchased the naming rights to New Mexico’s on-campus basketball arena that everyone calls The Pit.
And they’ll continue to, which makes us question the wisdom of WisePies.