Fresno State had quite a productive week off, moving up four spots in the AP poll despite not playing a game.
The 17th-ranked Bulldogs benefited in the polls from a weekend of upsets that also served as a cautionary lesson on how easily a team can slip up if it loses focus.
Fresno State (5-0, 2-0 Mountain West) takes that lesson into Saturday night's meeting against UNLV (4-2, 2-0).
Coach Tim DeRuyter said his team's position in the AP poll puts a target on them for teams that hope to use a win over a ranked team to make their season.
The Rebels come into this meeting with a four-game winning streak that is their longest since 2000.