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Fresno has a tough non-conference slate of games against Cal, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Boise State, Nevada, Hawaii and San Diego State.
Those seven should all make bowl games outside of perhaps Ole Miss. They will be ‘dogs in every single one of those games, and after getting crushed by the Northern Illinois Huskies, it makes you think if Fresno State (don’t ever call them FSU) can get over the hump again.
Getting over the hump to me would mean winning their first ever WAC title! Also, it would be nice to see them crack the top 25 and challenge for a BCS at-large bid like so many so called "experts" predicted. The only problem is that they have only recorded one 10-plus win season. (Note: Fresno has not finished ahead of second in the WAC since ‘99.)
The running game has taken several steps back towards where it once was. Ryan Matthews carried this offense a few years ago, and if you want to go way back, that NFL bust QB by the name of David Carr once carried this program as well.
David was a stud in college and a flat out winner, as his younger brother Derek will now be taking over the starting gig. Ryan Colburn was the starter a year ago, netting 23 TD’s and 2,817 yards.