Fresno State vs Boise State: Broncos Win Makes Them Team to Beat in MWC

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIOctober 13, 2012

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 13:  Joe Southwick #16 of the Boise State Broncos look for a receiver against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Bronco Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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The No. 24-ranked Boise State Broncos beat Fresno State 20-10. It was the first conference loss for Fresno State, bringing their conference record 2-1. Boise State's conference record is now 2-0.

The Mountain West Conference is a three-team league at the top. Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada lead the way. 

Nevada has a great run game, rushing for 278.5 yards per game. That's seventh-best in the nation. They have the 15th-ranked offense in the country.

Fresno State has the 13th-ranked passing offense in the nation, throwing for 315.5 yards per game. Fresno has the 20th-ranked offense overall.

Boise State is not an offensive team. They score 26.6 yards per game, which is the 76th-best in the country. They rush for 152 yards per game, and throw for only 226.

But if offense wins games, then defenses win championships. Boise State has the 16th-ranked defense in the nation, giving up only 15.6 points per game.

They held Fresno State to 10 points. Before this, the lowest amount the Bulldogs have scored in a game was 25, and that was against No. 4 Oregon.

Nevada, by comparison, can't stop anyone. They gave up 42 points to UNLV and 34 points to Northwestern State. UNLV averages 25 points per game, which is 82nd in the nation. Northwestern State's only other big time opponent played this year was Texas Tech and they lost 44-6. 

You cannot compete with the big boys if you can't stop anyone. Nevada would not do well on a national scale. Fresno State has struggled against ranked teams. 

So it's Boise that should take the MWC. Despite the fact that they lost to Michigan State, despite the fact that they put up only seven points against BYU, despite the fact they barely held on against New Mexico, it is Boise, the always resilient Boise State who will take the MWC crown. 

No, they're not as good as their Fiesta Bowl days. They don't have Jared Zabransky or Ian Johnson. They don't have Titus Young or Doug Martin. Yet, they find a way to get it done. 

Their complete dominance over the high-flying Fresno State bulldogs puts all MWC teams on notice: The Broncos aren't going anywhere.