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Bulldogs, back in CFP rankings, could be playing for more than Mountain West title

In title matchup, Bulldogs focused on slowing Boise State run game

The Fresno State Bulldogs get another shot at the Boise State Broncos – and winning a Mountain West Conference championship – Saturday Dec. 1, 2018 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. To get it done, they need to do better against the Broncos' run game.
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The Fresno State Bulldogs get another shot at the Boise State Broncos – and winning a Mountain West Conference championship – Saturday Dec. 1, 2018 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. To get it done, they need to do better against the Broncos' run game.

Fresno State is back in the College Football Playoff rankings, coming in on Tuesday at No. 25, and headed to a Mountain West Conference championship game matchup at Boise State.

The Bulldogs (10-2, 7-1 in the MW) were No. 23 in the first two CFP rankings, out Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, but were dropped after a Nov. 9 loss at Boise State. They also are No. 25 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 23 in the Coaches Poll.

Fresno State football coach Jeff Teford praises the Boise State Broncos and about the challenges the Bulldogs face in their Mountain West Conference championship game this Saturday in Boise.

The Broncos (10-2, 7-1) are No. 22 and Central Florida (11-0) is No. 8 — they are the only other Group of Five other conference teams in the rankings.

The gruesome knee injury suffered by Golden Knights’ quarterback McKenzie Milton did not impact their ranking. Central Florida moved up one spot from last week, and remains the favorite to secure the spot in a New Years Six bowl game that goes to the highest ranked champion from the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West or Sun Belt.

Central Florida will play Memphis on Saturday in their conference championship game, with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

Fresno State football coach Jeff Tedford talks about preparing his team for the upcoming Mountain West Conference championship game against Boise State this Saturday.

The Golden Knights outscored South Florida 28-10 after the injury to Milton, and also beat East Carolina with backup quarterback Darriel Mack Jr.

Mack this season has completed 21 of 43 passes (48.8 percent) for 174 yards. He has not thrown a touchdown pass or an interception.

But if Memphis pulls off an upset — it is a 3-point underdog — the Bulldogs and Broncos likely will be playing for that New Years Six bowl spot along with a Mountain West championship.

The Tigers, who finished 8-4 and 5-3 in conference play including a 31-30 loss to Central Florida on Oct. 13, are not in the CFP rankings.

Jeff Tedford, the second-year coach of the Bulldogs football team, discusses how expectations were different during his first season last year and how the team now has "a target on your chest."

The CFP rankings

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Notre Dame

4. Georgia

5. Oklahoma

6. Ohio State

7. Michigan

8. Central Florida

9. Florida

10. LSU

11. Washington

12. Penn State

13. Washington State

14. Texas

15. Kentucky

16. West Virginia

17. Utah

18. Mississippi State

19. Texas A&M

20. Syracuse

21. Northwestern

22. Boise State

23. Iowa State

24. Missouri

25. Fresno State

Robert Kuwada: @rkuwada

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