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Fresno State @ San Jose State

Current Records: Fresno State 8-3; San Jose State 5-6

What to Know

The Fresno State Bulldogs have enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they must head out on the road. Fresno State and the San Jose State Spartans will face off in a Mountain West battle at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday at CEFCU Stadium. The Bulldogs should still be riding high after a big victory, while SJSU will be looking to right the ship.

When you finish with 203 more yards than your opponent like Fresno State did two weeks ago, a favorable outcome is almost sure to follow. They took their matchup against the New Mexico Lobos by a conclusive 34-7 score. The game was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 24 to nothing. Fresno State QB Jake Haener was slinging it as he passed for three TDs and 300 yards on 31 attempts.

Meanwhile, SJSU might not have won anyway, but with 95 yards lost due to penalties, they really shot themselves in the foot two weeks ago. Things couldn’t have gone much worse for them as they lost 48-17 to the Utah State Aggies. QB Nick Starkel had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he threw one interception and fumbled the ball once with only 138 yards passing.

Fresno State is the favorite in this one, with an expected 7-point margin of victory. The odds have been favorable for them against the spread on the road this season, even if it’s been tough sledding overall. They are 4-1 ATS in away games but only 6-4 all in all.

The Bulldogs’ win brought them up to 8-3 while the Spartans’ defeat pulled them down to 5-6. A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Fresno State is stumbling into the contest…



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