College Football Picks: Boise State vs. Fresno State

Jeff Grant

Monday, September 16, 2013 2:28 PM GMT

The Boise State Broncos have enjoyed great success when playing on Friday over the years, which is important to consider when they take on the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Mountain West Conference matchup at Bulldog Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

On the right path

Boise State has picked up back-to-back victories since suffering a season-opening loss to the Washington Huskies, which includes a 42-20 blowout win over the Air Force Falcons as 23-point home favorites in Week 3.

The Broncos are 19-4 SU and 16-7 ATS when playing on Friday in their last 23 opportunities, while the Bulldogs have gone 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games in that situation. 

An unplanned bye week

Fresno State had its third game of the season postponed, as the Colorado Buffaloes have been dealing with major flood problems in the Boulder area. The Bulldogs will now start the year with three consecutive home games for the first time since 1986. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 1-2 SUATS after a week off, with the OVER going 2-1 in those three contests. 

Impressive numbers

College football handicappers will find the Broncos as an attractive road underdog, as they boast the nation’s best league winning percentage since 2000, while going 35-4 SU in non-Saturday games during the regular season. 

Boise State possesses a money-making 21-11-1 ATS record when getting points since 1992. 

Streaking at home 

Few teams have been better at home than the Bulldogs since the start of the 2012 campaign, as they’ve won their last eight games at this venue—averaging 48.3 points per game in the process.

Fresno State has scored 93 points and amassed 907 yards in its first two home games in 2013.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Broncos with their college football picks, as they’ve gone 7-0 SUATS in the last seven meetings in this series. 

College Football Pick: Boise State Broncos +4.5 at BetOnline