Every college football season there is a team that comes out of nowhere into the BCS bowl talk at the end of the season. Recently, it’s been teams like the Boise State Broncos and the Northern Illinois Huskies, but this season it looks like it’s going to be the 5–0 Fresno State Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs rolled over the Idaho Vandals 61–14, but their wins have not all been against weak opposition. Rutgers is a team that’s a lot better than many give credit, and they defeated Boise State in a 41–40 thriller that was back and forth for the entire game.
Fresno State just looks like they want to win every game. They don’t have the talent level of some of the major NCAA programs, but they clearly have much more heart. Quarterback Derek Carr is already nearing 2000 yards in just the fifth game of the season, and the Bulldogs’ defense continues to come up with crucial play after play after play late in games.
Fresno State has a relatively easy schedule to finish out this season. The Bulldogs have two tough games left against Nevada and San Jose State, but there are not any ranked teams or many great teams on their schedule anymore. If Carr can continue to be successful and the defense can continue to make huge stops, there is no doubt that they can finish the season undefeated.
With a little luck, some of the top NCAA teams from AQ conferences could drop a game or two and let Fresno State sneak into the BCS bowl talk.