Sept. 15, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team is nationally ranked for the first time since 2008, entering this week's USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 25.
Fresno State (2-0) received 75 points in the USA Today Coaches Poll to climb into the top 25. The Bulldogs were last nationally ranked in the Sept. 28 poll back in 2008 following a 3-1 start to the season. The 'Dogs were No. 21 in the Coaches Poll that week and No. 22 in the Associated Press poll, which are considered the two official top 25 polls in the FBS.
The Bulldogs trail No. 24 Michigan State (131 points) and No. 23 Arizona State (176 points) as the two teams closest to Fresno State. Just outside of the top 25 was Nebraska (55 points), Wisconsin (53 points) and Texas Tech (49 points).
Fresno State hosts Boise State, who received five points in the Coaches Poll, on Friday at 6 p.m. in a game televised nationally on ESPN.
This is the first season since 2005 that the Bulldogs enter the game against Boise State with a better record and a higher national ranking than the Broncos. That coincidentally is also the last time Fresno State defeated Boise State, winning 27-7 at home.
The game is the Mountain West opener for the Bulldogs and matches the leagues two preseason divisional favorites up against one another. Tickets for the showdown are still available through the Bulldog Ticket office.
"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football tickets are still available and can be purchased online at gobulldogs.com, over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647) or in person at the Bulldog Ticket Office located at Bulldog Stadium. The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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