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Fresno State-San Diego State Preview Capsule

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The Associated Press | October 24, 2013 12:36 PM EST | AP


No. 15 Fresno State (6-0, 3-0 MWC) at San Diego State (3-3, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Fresno State by 9 1/2.

Series record: San Diego State 27-21-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Both teams shared a portion of the Mountain West Conference title last season and enter this game as the only MWC squads without a conference loss. The Bulldogs, in their second year in the conference, are attempting to remain unbeaten and get QB Derek Carr more exposure as a Heisman Trophy candidate before a national TV audience.

KEY MATCHUP

Carr is the nation's second-leading passer with 379.8 passing yards per game and the Aztecs will be tested in mounting a pass rush to offset that because of how quickly Carr gets rid of the ball; he's been sacked but three times. The Aztecs' pass defense has been wobbly, allowing more than 280 yards per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Fresno State: WR Davante Adams has been a favorite target for Carr and has earned MWC Offensive Player of the Week honor the past two weeks. He tied a school and MWC record Saturday with four touchdown catches against UNLV.

San Diego State: RB Donnel Pumphrey is making his mark as a freshman as he continues to get more playing time. Pumphrey became the first SDSU freshman since Marshall Faulk to rush for at least 100 yards in three consecutive games.

FACTS & FIGURES

The composite score in the 52 meetings is SDSU 1,092, Fresno State, 1,091. ... Of the 123 teams at the FBS level, only 27 enter play this week with unbeaten conference records, with Fresno State and SDSU being among them. ...SDSU has won nine consecutive MWC games and sixth straight in October. ... Fresno State has allowed but three sacks all season, ranking second nationally. ... Fresno State's 1,372 yards of offense in the last two games is the most in school history in consecutive outings. ... The Aztecs lost 23 straight games to ranked teams from Sept. 13, 1997 through Nov. 21, 1999. Under coach Rocky Long, SDSU has gone 2-5 in its last seven contests against Top 25 opponents. ... Fresno State has won 11 straight regular-season games, and scored more than 40 points in 10 of them.