SAN JOSE STATE VS. FRESNO STATE

RECORDS: San Jose State 5-6, 4-3 MWC, Fresno State 10-0, 7-0

KICKOFF: 12:30 p.m., Spartan Stadium

TV: CBS Sports Network

RADIO: 1590, 90.5

SERIES HISTORY: Fresno State leads 38-34-3. The Spartans won the last meeting 27-24 in 2011 to snap a four-game losing streak. The Bulldogs have won 16 of the past 18 meetings.

STORYLINE: Fresno State is fighting for a berth in a BCS bowl game and SJSU is still fighting to get bowl eligible, something that seemed likely to happen when it needed to win only one of its final four games. Now the Spartans have to pull the upset against their longest-standing rivals and beat a ranked team for the first time since 2000.

INJURY UPDATE: San Jose State -- WR Noel Grigsby (knee), RB Tyler Ervin (ankle), DT Tony Popovich (shoulder), LB Vince Buhagiar (shoulder), LB Derek Muaava (knee), LB Ryan Goforth (shoulder), TE Andrew Vollert (shoulder), OL David Catalano (foot) and TE Max Miller (back) are out, OL Ryan Jones (foot) is questionable. Fresno State -- RB Dontel James (toe), CB L.J. Jones (knee), DB Rodney Matthews (knee) and DB Sean Alston (shoulder) are out.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Fresno State's passing game vs. SJSU's secondary. The Bulldogs have the nation's second-rated passing offense, averaging nearly 400 yards through the air. The Spartans counter with a decent passing defense that is third in the Mountain West in yards allowed per game and interceptions. If ball-hawk Bené Benwikere can force a turnover or two, SJSU has a chance at the upset.


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STATS THAT MATTER: Fresno State has three receivers in the top 25 in receptions per game in Davante Adams (10.0), Josh Harper (7.8) and Isaiah Burse (6.7). All will likely have 1,000 receiving yards by the end of the season. Fresno State's Derek Carr is 52 passing yards from a second-straight 4,000-yard season, and SJSU's David Fales is 358 from the same accomplishment, which has been done only 12 times in Football Bowl Subdivision history.

-- JIMMY DURKIN