After weeks of hearing how good they would be this season, the Fresno State Bulldogs went out and proved to America that they are in fact a legit contender to make a BCS run.
The Bulldogs overcame a sluggish start to win 24-7 over Big East stronghold Rutgers. Despite the Scarlet Knights' loss of Ray Rice to the NFL, they still have experienced quarterback Mike Teel.
Teel and Co. were shutout by the Bulldogs through three quarters though, en route to being upset.
Head coach Pat Hill has already proclaimed the 2008-2009 squad one of the finest in recent memory, and they might just show the rest of the nation what they can do this year.
With an experienced senior quarterback in Tom Brandstater running the offense along with running back sensation Mathews, the Bulldogs believe they can put up enough points to compete in all of their games.
Despite the fact that defense has never seemed to be the calling of Pat Hill-coached teams at Fresno, the D looked spectacular against Rutgers, and is poised to have a wonderful season.
Many experts said in the preseason that Fresno State had a very realistic shot at capturing a BCS bid and running the table. Although it may be early, the first of four potential tests have already been averted.
The Bulldogs take on No. 13 Wisconsin next week, which should be a very intense battle. Both teams have ample running ability, the Bulldogs with Ryan Mathews and the Badgers with big, bruising back, P.J. Hill.
If Fresno State can beat the Badgers at home, their third test sits just two weeks later with a road contest against the UCLA Bruins.
Although it is quite far in the future, if the Bulldogs win out, they will face a tough final game on the road at Boise State on the infamous "Blue Turf".
If the Bulldogs can get a key win over the Badgers this upcoming weekend, they very well could be the Boise State Broncos of 2006-2007.