Boise State (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) and Fresno State may not be the biggest rivalry in college football, but it’s certainly an intense one.
The Broncos travel to Bulldog Stadium this Friday with the hope of bringing the victory and the Milk Can back home.
With the rivalry dating back to 2001 when Boise State joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the Broncos upset the undefeated Bulldogs 35-30 in their home stadium. Ranked eighth and having star quarterback David Carr — 2002 NFL Draft first overall pick — on their team at the time, Fresno State then saw who their true rivals were.
Since then, it’s been an exciting match-up for both sides. The two teams have met up every year after, with the Broncos controlling the series winning with an average at 48-17.
However, it wasn’t until 2005 that the Milk Can trophy was created.
Fresno State gave Boise State their only loss in the series winning 27-7 that year. The Milk Can was first presented on-field in 2006 when Boise State beat Fresno State 45-21.
After that, Boise State has been the victor of every single game. Their largest win, and only shutout, was in 2010 with a 51-0 victory.
Redshirt senior wide receiver Matt Miller has put a premium on preparing for Fresno State this year and knows that a familiar foe will be fighting hard for the win.
“They are a physical bunch of guys,” Miller said. “A lot of the same guys that we played against last year so we’re kind of familiar with the personnel.”
Familiar they are, playing a total of 14 games so far in this series against the Bulldogs.
Head coach Chris Petersen, however, doesn’t seem all that concerned with the rivalry.
“For coaches, there’s just so much urgency on taking the next step,” Petersen said. “We know Fresno’s got a heck of a team. There’s no question about it, but we’re so much a work in progress, all these weeks seem the same to me.”
The players’ opinion may differ with Petersen when relating to the rivalry.
“It’s always a big game. It’s always a battle,” Miller said. “(There’s) a great atmosphere down in Fresno and it’s going to be a lot