HOW THESE TEAMS GOT HERE:
Utah State: In its first season in the Mountain West, the Aggies finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak to finish the MWC conference slate with a 7-1 record. USU lost early season contests with Utah and USC by a combined seven points, preparing the Aggies for its Mountain West schedule. A convincing 35-7 win over Wyoming gave USU the Mountain Division championship and its berth in the first ever Mountain West Championship Game.
Fresno State: Fresno appeared ready to pull off an undefeated season before being upset by San Jose State in the regular season finale. The Bulldogs had won their first 10 games of the year while averaging 47.3 points per game and leading the country with 410.3 passing yards per game. Had Fresno State remained unbeaten, a shot at an at-large bid to a BCS bowl game was certainly possible.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: