By Jim Cawley Fresno State football is going to be back in the top four, with a win against UC Davis in the Big East Championship on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (11-4, 6-3 MW) are one game behind the Rams (11.5-3, 7-2), who will meet again on Saturday at the University of Arizona Stadium (3:30 p.m., ESPN).
But they have a tough task to meet.
Fresno State’s opponents this weekend are ranked 11th and 16th in the league standings.
The schedule has a total of 17 games, including five matchups in conference play.
Fresno is the only team in the MW to have played fewer than eight games this season, a total that includes losses at Arizona State, San Diego State and UC Irvine.
It is the first time Fresno State has not been to the top-four for a full season since 2011.
This season the Bulldogs have lost six of their last seven games.
Fresno has played in all but one game this season and has only been to one bowl game this year.
The 2017 season was the Bulldogs first full season in the conference.
Fresno was in the midst of a five-game winning streak before losing to UC Davis.
The Bulldogs are 1-1 all-time against the Aggies, with Fresno playing in the last meeting of the season, in the Las Vegas Bowl, in 2016.