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Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum enters the stadium before NCAA football against the San Jose State Spartans in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.


THE BASICS


BYU (2-7) at Fresno State (5-3)

Saturday, 8:45 p.m. MDT

Bulldog Stadium (41,031)

FieldTurf

Fresno, California

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM Weather: Partly cloudy, temperatures in the high 50s at kickoff


THE STAKES


For Fresno State ... The Bulldogs were having a special season before stubbing their toe last week at home against UNLV. FSU is looking for a bounce-back win.

For BYU ... The Cougars finally snapped their seven-game losing streak last week against San Jose State. Can they put together back-to-back wins?


THE TRENDS


For Fresno State ... The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-11 season in 2016. They’ve already won five games this season and are looking to become bowl eligible this week.

For BYU ... The Cougars haven’t won back-to-back regular-season games in almost one year. Their last road victory was at Cincinnati on Nov. 5, 2016.


THE EDGE


Fresno State will win if ... The Bulldogs they win the turnover battle and shut down BYU’s run game.

BYU will win if ... The Cougars play aggressive, are efficient on third down opportunities and avoid big mistakes.


PLAYER TO WATCH


Jordan Mims, Fresno State running back: The freshman has rushed 81 times for 403 yards and three touchdowns. The Cougars will need to wrap up on him.


KEY MATCHUP


BYU's run game vs. Fresno State’s front seven: The Cougars could be short-handed at running back if KJ Hall isn’t available. Ula Tolutau may not be available. Squally Canada, Brayden El-Bakri and Riley Burt could get most of the carries Saturday.


QUOTABLE


“It’s a matter of getting back now. It’s going to sting for a little while, but you have to let it go. It has to resonate with what it takes to win a football game.” — Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford on his team’s loss last week against UNLV.

“From an offense, defense and special teams standpoint, they are the most sound football team that we’ve faced.” — BYU assistant head coach Ed Lamb.


NEXT UP


BYU travels to UNLV next Friday, while Fresno State visits Hawaii next Saturday.


BYU SCHEDULE


(All times Mountain) Date Opponent Time/result

Aug. 26 Portland State W, 20-6

Sept. 2 vs. Louisiana State L, 27-0

Sept. 9 Utah L, 19-13

Sept. 16 Wisconsin L, 40-6

Sept. 29 at Utah State L, 40-24

Oct. 6 Boise State L, 24-7

Oct. 14 at Mississippi State L, 35-10

Oct. 21 at East Carolina L, 33-17

Oct. 28 San Jose State W, 40-21

Nov. 4 at Fresno State 8:45 p.m.

Nov. 10 at UNLV 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 18 UMass 1 p.m.

Nov. 25 at Hawaii 7 p.m.