Rejoice football fans! We're not going to have to watch multiple slaughters of mid-major teams in BCS bowl games this year with Fresno State's loss.
Fresno State had no business being in consideration for a BCS Bowl game this year. They haven't played anyone to justify their worth as the No. 16 team in the nation. Their 10-0 record was propped up by creampuffs that they struggled with.
This 62-52 loss to San Jose State just proves that they have too many holes to be in the BCS this season. Their defense had too much trouble playing anyone of substance, and their lack of a running game wouldn't give their defense any time to rest.
Throughout all of this, the biggest bright spot is Derek Carr. Without the potential Davey O'Brien winner, the Fresno State Bulldogs wouldn't be anywhere close to the 10-1 team that they are. They are lucky to have him and his ability to lead them to come-from-behind wins.
Fresno State Cost MWC a Ton Of Money By Losing to SJSU
College Football fans may celebrate the better competition in the BCS games, but the Mountain West Conference should be wholly agitated at the Bulldogs for preventing a massive wad of cash from coming its way with the loss to the Spartans.
According to CollegeFootballPoll.com, a BCS bowl would have paid the conference $18 million. Now?
Their six bowl tie-ins don't even total more than $4 million, with the highest being $1.1 million. So while Fresno State getting into a BCS bowl would still be a long shot, the fact that it is all but hopeless hurts quite a bit.
Fresno didn't deserve to be in a BCS bowl, but the conference should be mad it lost out on nearly $17 million it would have earned had Fresno gotten into a BCS Bowl.
|Fresno's Worst Games of 2013|
|Rutgers||5-5||W, 52-51 OT|
|Boise State||7-4||W, 41-40|
|San Diego State||7-4||W, 35-28 OT|
|San Jose State||6-6||L, 62-52|
They haven't beaten anyone of substance
Looking at the Bulldogs' record, 10-1 (7-1 MWC) looks pretty good. However, they haven't played anyone of substance. Outside of their eight conference games, the three nonconference matchups that they had were against Rutgers, Cal Poly and Idaho.
That's not even close to a murderer's row of teams. The biggest reason why their 10-1 looks weak, though, is the four games that their defense almost blew for them. First, the Bullldogs had a game that they almost blew against Hawaii where they were up by 39 pointss and allowed five straight touchdowns.
Then, against Rutgers, San Diego State and Boise State, they had leads of at least a touchdown. And against all of them, they allowed multiple touchdowns to either allow the team to tie or allow the team to pull ahead.
Derek Carr had to bail them out in order to win the game in the end with some precision passing. Against San Jose State, the magic ran out. The Heisman contender just didn't have enough time to bring them back.
Derek Carr is the saving grace
Speaking of Carr, he's the best player on the team by far. Not only has he been able to lead quite a few fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives, but he should at least be considered for the Davey O'Brien award for best quarterback in the country.
Despite the loss against San Jose State, Carr went 38-of-50 (76.0 percent) for 519 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. He showed that he has a rocket arm and NFL abilities despite his team losing the game.
On the season, Carr has thrown for 4,462 yards, 45 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Sure, he doesn't offer anything in the running game, but he's been able to provide the kind of offense that teams dream about from their quarterback.
Compare his stats to guys like Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston or even A.J. McCarron, and he is an obvious leader in all the major passing categories. If he can continue on this same projection, he could be the dark horse winner of the award.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.
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