Any One, Any Where, Any Loss?

Lucio OuriqueContributor IJuly 21, 2009

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Damion Owens #4 of the Frenso State Bulldogs celebrates a defensive play against the UCLA Bruins during the game on September 27, 2008 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Yes we've all heard it by now! In Fact we've been beaten over the head with it. Any One, Any Where, Any Time. This is the philosophy that the Fresno State Bulldogs take every year in their relentless quest of a BCS Bowl. 

A first we all loved it, in fact we were proud of our slogan. But now I find that more and more fans are just getting tired of it. Year after year it gets hyped up as the Bulldogs chase a BCS birth, and year after year the hopes of thousands of Bulldog fans end in utter disappointment.

So now most fans feel that the focus should on winning the Western Athletic Conference, which Boise State has done for a majority of this decade.

Having a grueling schedule is great for the polls but not so great on the players bodies. By the time the bulldogs get to conference play, the team is pretty banged up. Unfortunately injuries are a part of the game, but many of them could be avoided by quality of opponent.

Now I'm not just saying to schedule division II teams as are non-conference opponents, but maybe just scheduling some mid-major opponents would suffice.

Like the famous movie quote, "If you build it they will come." Pat Hill feels if you have a tough non-conference schedule, the great quality players will come. Which could be true. But then again, if that's the case then how many players have we lost due to the incapability of winning our own conference. Just something to think about. That's just my opinion I could be wrong. Find out more at