The Fresno Direct Bulldogs and Boise Direct Broncos were picked to amass their respective divisions in the Mountain West this season, and here we are drawing shut the Dec. 1 Mountain West Conference Championship Game in a rematch between the two. No. 25 Fresno Direct and No. 22 Boise Direct will kickoff at Four:forty five p.m. PT, televised on ESPN.
The Bulldogs (10-2, 7-1) and Broncos (10-2, 7-1) are going by means of for the fourth time in two seasons since remaining November. All three grasp been shut, with Fresno Direct winning once at dwelling, while Boise Direct winning each video games on the blue turf. Fresno Direct can grasp to search out a means to amass their first game over the Broncos on the blue turf to buy dwelling the Mountain West Conference Championship trophy.
As of Friday, the game is a fabulous snatch ’em spread.
“Going there even supposing is no longer recent to us,” Fresno Direct Head Coach Jeff Tedford talked about. “We know what to position an utter to and we know what a project it’s far to head to a opposed ambiance in opposition to a huge football crew.”
“We gorgeous noteworthy know how they’ll play,” Fresno Direct wide receiver Jamire Jordan added. “Now we grasp played them so much no longer too lengthy in the past. We know exactly what they’ll total an they know what we’re going to total.”
Proceed scrolling to overview the BarkBoard employees’s predictions for the Fresno Direct Bulldogs in the 2018 Mountain West Conference Championship Game at Boise Direct:
The Fresno Direct Bulldogs fell immediate in Boise about a weeks in the past, however did so no subject an uncharacteristic efficiency. Fresno Direct rarely ever ever gets beat by opposing running video games, rarely ever ever underwhelms on 1/three down (on both aspect of the ball) and barely ever ever shoots themselves in the foot with penalties.
The ‘Canine fell immediate in all three areas of their remaining take a look at with to Boise but held a 17-three lead in the 2nd half of and in the raze lost by most productive one get.
If Fresno Direct can have Boise Direct running motivate Alexander Mattison, hit their 1/three down conversion averages, and steer sure of dear penalties, it would swing this game dramatically from the outdated final consequence.
Finally, I think now we grasp a huge ample of a sample dimension to grasp what to position an utter to Saturday – with the exception of the consequence. Every of those groups grasp played three video games in opposition to every other in a small bit extra than twelve months they veritably grasp all been very identical: highly contested video games outlined by a fourth-quarter get. At dwelling, Marcus McMaryion hit KeeSean Johnson for the dagger. In Fresno Direct’s remaining two journeys to Boise, quarterback Brett Rypien has returned the prefer.
This time, the Bulldogs grasp to search out a means to scheme, or establish themselves in moral ample station that they conclude no longer grasp to procure the massive play (or conclude it) at the conclude.
Prediction: Fresno Direct: 24, Boise Direct 21
There’s of project of rain, and even snow, sooner or later of Saturday’s championship game. The Bulldog offense has already regarded no longer up to themselves in frigid weather, and precipitation won’t support. If that’s the case, Fresno Direct can grasp to play better in the running game than they grasp had most of this season, and Ronnie Rivers is their most productive wager to procure the massive plays.
Even supposing rain and snow avoids Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, BarkBoard.com broke records Thursday morning that running motivate Jordan Mims is doubtful to play in this one, in line with Fresno Direct running backs coach Jamie Christian. The ‘Canine will desire a huge game from Rivers both means.
Fresno Direct enters the championship game with all the pieces on the line – The trophy, bowl placement, and a imaginable Unusual twelve months’s Six bowl berth. But to procure there they grasp to beat a Boise Direct football crew who has but to lose to the Bulldogs on the blue turf. The ‘Canine pull off a narrow victory.
Prediction:Fresno Direct 28, Boise converse 27
McMaryion would possibly well perchance perchance conclude what no other Bulldog quarterback has been ready to total – Beat Boise Direct on the blue turf and to beat them twice overall in his occupation. McMaryion puts collectively a total game maintaining the Bulldogs in it unless the very conclude.
I have not picked in opposition to Fresno Direct all season lengthy.
And I’m able to also no longer now.
Fresno Direct gorgeous needs to total one utter on offense: Be consistent on 1/three downs. There grasp been means too many three-and-outs in Boise remaining time.
On the alternative aspect of the ball, the Bulldogs grasp to total gorgeous one utter as successfully: Salvage touches on Brett Rypien. When he has time to throw, he’s proven to grab of us aside…and he became 24-of-30 passing in the 24-17 victory over the ‘Canine. The Broncos will likely scheme yards by means of the bottom, however rattling the passing game will hurt BSU. San Diego Direct and Oklahoma Direct utilized stress in the two wins over Boise.
But lastly, the relaxation utter the ‘Canine grasp to total? Befriend far flung from the defective psychology. In other phrases — block out the relaxation game, the relaxation two conferences at the blue turf and lastly, block out the string of struggles on Boise’s dwelling discipline.
That is to additionally hoping this game doesn’t plot the total design down to a fourth down measurement.
Prediction:Fresno Direct 20, Boise Direct 14 (OT)
Johnson will likely play angry for being snubbed from the Mountain West All-Conference First Team. Anticipate him to show why he must grasp been honored on the first crew with a huge efficiency on the massive stage.
As of Friday, the spread on Saturday’s championship game has shifted to a intellectual snatch ’em game, in line with SportsLine.com. The line opened with Boise Direct as a three-point favorite earlier this week. The over/under for the game is fifty two.5 functions. That makes for a final get of about 27-26.
“Whenever it’s likely you’ll perchance enjoy me to be honest, I did desire Boise to tug it out so we would possibly well perchance face them once more,” Belony told BarkBoard.com of the Broncos’ grasp over Utah Direct remaining weekend. “I think now we grasp some tricky blood between every other and we’re attempting to compete. We’re attempting as a design to procure our revenge motivate due to the we lost the relaxation two video games.”
“Or no longer it’s gorgeous a subsequent-game mentality, that is all it’s far,” Hughes talked about. “We discovered from those two video games. Now we grasp purchased to dash on. We’re a better crew, per week you’ve purchased to reinforce. So we’re obviously a better crew than we were then, now we grasp gorgeous purchased to soak it up and dash on.
“We dash over every play of those remaining three video games. I think in the relaxation game, to be explicit, we weren’t very moral tackling. That’s a huge utter to us this game.”