They’re Flipin’ In Fresno

Everybody will argue that the Mountain West Conference is not worthy of national recognition in football based on what some guy sitting in a dark office at BCS headquarters says because that’s what his computer told him...

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Fresno State

Fresno State Bulldogs fans react during a game at Bulldog Stadium.  Fresno State is ranked 17th in the BCS poll at 7-0 and 3-0 in the MWC.  Bulldogs fans have plenty to be excited about entering October.  (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports) Everybody will argue that the Mountain West Conference is not worthy of national recognition in football based on what some guy sitting in a dark office at BCS headquarters says because that’s what his computer told him after he punched in the numbers. The BCS granted the AAC, formerly the Big East, an automatic bid in 2013 but let’s face it, the AAC has that automatic bid because Louisville was supposed to be the darlings of 2013, right?  It’s top secret stuff so we may never know.  The AAC has 5 teams above .500 while the Mountain West has 7.  By the end of the regular season there’s a possibility Louisville might not even be in the votes column. Saturday night the 17th-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs showed their resilience on the road against a very feisty, possibly under-rated, San Diego State (3-4, 2-1) squad at Qualcomm Stadium.  Yet, when the BCS poll came out on Monday the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0) found themselves just one step up at number 16 with eggs across the board in the loss columns.

NCAA Football: Fresno State at San Diego State
Fresno State Bulldogs players run to celebrate with fans following a 35-28 overtime win against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

“It was a heavyweight fight,” said Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter to Christopher Livingston of The Collegian at Fresno State. “Both teams were landing haymakers on each other. Luckily, we caught the last one.”

Florida State jumped from number 5 to number 2 after dominating then-No. 3 Clemson in week 7.  It’s still uncertain to how the “computer” figured FSU was better than Ohio State or Oregon which have been undefeated for 2 years and will probably stay that way based on their schedules for the remainder of 2013.  Florida State still has to beat number 10 Miami (5-0, 3-0) before it’s all said and done. Yes, Fresno State plays in the Mountain West.  Yes, the Big 10, SEC, and ACC are far superior overall to the MWC.  Yes, Fresno State is from Fresno, California and that has not been exactly a hot spot for college football in past years.  But it’s about time people look on a map because Fresno, California is on the brink of becoming a much bigger place by January. Forget the BCS poll right now, Fresno.  Forget about all the negative garbage coming out of the East and Mid-West.  Paint your faces red and blue and get the signs out because by week 12 the Dogs will be popping up on the screen during the BCS selection show.  One bit of advice, just keep playing Bulldog football and everything will work out fine. Wait, Fresno State doesn’t play anybody…that again?  Somebody please pass the…

NCAA Football: Fresno State at San Diego State
Senior quarterback sensation, Derek Carr, has 2,574 yards passing, 25 TD’s, and only 4 interceptions and there’s still 4 games left on the schedule. Carr’s rating is 148.8, while Stanford’s Kevin Hogan’s rating is 150.5 and Stanford is back at number 5 this week. That would constitute at least one vote for the Heisman.
Christopher (Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Derek Carr has thrown for more yards than Alabama’s AJ McCarron (1,862), Oregon’s Heisman candidate, Marcus Mariota (2,228), and Florida State’s Jameis Winston (2,177). Carr has also thrown for more touchdown’s (25) than all three of those quarterbacks. Fresno State boasts one of the nation’s best receivers in Davante Adams who has hooked up with Carr 72 times for 804 yards and 13 touchdowns.  The Bulldogs’ running game isn’t too shabby either.  Marteze Waller and Josh Quezada (BYU transfer) have combined on the ground for 803 yards and 8 touchdowns. Rutgers came into Fresno in week 1 as a favorite to rival Louisville in the AAC and left with a big fat 0 in the win column.  They haven’t been the only ones to leave the beautiful city of Fresno with a loss, I can think of 4 teams this year.  The fact the Bulldogs are pulling out tighter wins then a pair of Wranglers on a 300 pound cowboy just shows their tenacity and will to win.

Fresno State Bulldogs wide receiver Isaiah Burse (1) runs down the field against the UNLV Rebels during the first quarter at Bulldog Stadium. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)
Fresno State Bulldogs wide receiver Isaiah Burse (1) runs down the field against the UNLV Rebels during the first quarter at Bulldog Stadium. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

If there’s one concern for Fresno State it’s their defense.  The Fresno State defense is giving up 29.9 points per game and ranked 81st.  Oh well, when you have an offense that can put up 2 for every 1 who cares, right?  A win is a win and who cares how you achieve it.  After all, they do play in the Mountain West Conference, and for you people east of the Mississippi, the requirement to play football in the MWC is the amount of points you score in a single game.

Tim DeRuyter only knows success at Fresno State.  The second-year coach is 14-4 and his winning percentage is .778.  I believe it was Urban Meyer who took Utah to their first BCS game in only his second year.  It’s safe to say that Utah won that game.  Didn’t Utah play in the Mountain West that season? If you want to see straight up offense and nail-biting finishes then Fresno State is by far a Hollywood blockbuster with 4 stars. I wouldn’t count the Bulldogs out just yet based on the way they have finished and who they’ve beat.  Style points count it seems and Fresno State has more style than Eddie Bauer. Start paying attention to the Mountain West and Fresno State.  Hey, the Bulldogs aren’t the only team in the MWC playing good football right now and San Jose State (4-3, 3-1) will get the last chance to crash Fresno’s party on November 29th in San Jose and the Spartans are right behind the Dogs in the Western Division.  That game could not only decide the fate of Fresno State in the BCS but also knock the Bulldogs off the podium in the MWC.  That game will be one to watch out West. If the Fresno State Bulldogs and Derek Carr end the season perfect, and it’s looking that way, then the BCS certainly can’t justify leaving Tim DeRuyter’s bunch out of the mix.  Can they?  NIU made it in in last season with a loss and you’d have to say the MWC is better than the MAC. Beware of the Dogs !  They will bite.

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