The Fresno State Bulldogs have at all times performed on the moot, that we are going to play anyone, anyplace. Fresno State was as soon as one of the vital feared mid-major group in faculty soccer, however their WAC convention rival, Boise State has taken over that supremacy. The Bulldogs completed 8-5 on School Soccer Picks in 2009, however misplaced to Wyoming 35-28 within the New Mexico Bowl. The bulldogs went 7-5 in opposition to the unfold, going over the betting odds whole 6 instances and underneath 6 instances. Fresno State will play 7 houses video games for the primary time since 1994, often the Bulldogs are creating alternatives in assertion video games in opposition to excessive profile packages. In 2010 the Bulldogs will journey to Ole Miss and host Cincinnati and Illinois. Fresno State must change Ryan Mathews, who was a 1st spherical draft decide, however they return seven starters on offense and eight on protection.
The Fresno State offense ranked seventeenth total within the FBS, averaging 430.5 yards per sport, the working sport was practically superior, with 228.9 per contest, that was eighth nationally, the passing sport struggled, averaging a bit over 201 yards per sport and that was 79th within the nation, the Bulldogs offense averaged 33.8 factors per contest and that was good for 14th within the nation. Nearly as good because the offense was, the protection was equally as unhealthy, giving up 413.7 yards per sport, 214 of these got here on the bottom, as opponents ran the ball down the Bulldogs throat, Fresno State additionally gave up 28.4 factors per contest and that was 84th within the nation.
Robbie Rouse returns at working again this season, he gained 479 yards in 2009, scored 4 touchdowns, whereas averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Michael Harris and A.J. Ellis spherical out the working again trio. The important thing to the offense will likely be quarterback Ryan Colburn, he threw 7 interceptions in his first 4 video games however reduce down on the turnovers because the season progressed. Jamel Hamler emerged over the second half of the season and needs to be the go to man in 2010. Devon Wylie and A.J. Johnson also needs to contribute. The offensive line will likely be led by guard Andrew Jackson, one of many prime lineman within the Western Athletic Convention. He leads a bunch that return all 5 starters kind final season, Fresno State is not going to miss a beat working the soccer.
Fresno State hopes final season’s expertise pays off. The protection couldn’t cease the run, particularly late within the season. Three lineman return from that unit, Chris Carter accounted for five of the 11 sacks final season. Linebacker Ben Jacobs led the group in tackles, and is the protection’s prime playmaker, forcing three fumbles in a sport in opposition to Louisiana Tech final season. The Bulldogs can even have to search out replacements for robust security Moses Harris and cornerback A.J. Jefferson. The Bulldogs might make it attention-grabbing within the WAC this season.