Updated: Saturday, October 23, 2004 8:46 AM EDT
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Fresno St (3-2) at No. 16 Boise St (6-0)
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BOISE, Idaho (Ticker) -- What looked like a "BCS-buster" playoff game a few weeks ago has lost much of its luster.

Fresno State travels to Idaho to take on No. 16 Boise State in a Western Athletic Conference matchup that lacks the appeal it did before the Bulldogs' two-game losing streak.

Boise State (6-0, 3-0 WAC) enters the game with the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games as well as a national-best 22-game home win streak. The Broncos are one of seven undefeated ranked teams and are No. 14 in the first BCS poll released Monday.

The Broncos nearly were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten last week by Tulsa. Boise State scored the game's final 10 points with just under two minutes left to edge the Golden Hurricane, 45-42, and run its WAC winning streak to 21 games.

Quarterback Jared Zabransky ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and T.J Acree hauled in nine passes for 181 yards and two scores in the win.

Fresno State (3-2, 0-2) started the season with impressive road wins over Washington and Kansas State but has dropped consecutive WAC contests to Louisiana Tech and UTEP, including a 24-21 setback to the Miners last week.

Bryson Sumlin rushed for 160 yards and a TD against the Miners but it was not enough. The Bulldogs are looking to avoid their first three-game losing skid since the 1997 season, when they dropped their first three games.

The all-time series between the two schools is tied, 3-3, but Boise State has dominated recently, winning three in a row. The last time the Bulldogs visited Boise, in 2002, the Broncos handed them their worst under coach Pat Hill, 67-21.


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