The Fresno State Bulldogs have been perfect this season and at 9-0 rank No. 15 in the latest BCS standings. Despite their spotless record and inside track to bust the BCS in 2013, though, Fresno State isn’t getting a lot of respect around the country. That’s because Fresno has been pushed the limit more than any of the other teams with perfect records this season and pushed by teams with less than impressive resumes.
To date, Fresno State has played the 121st ranked strength of schedule in college football this season and will finish with the 124th ranked S.O.S. which takes some of the polish off their spotless record. On top of that, they have failed to beat a team with a winning record by more than seven points. They escaped against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4) by a point in overtime, the Boise State Broncos (7-3) by a point as well and squeaked past the San Diego State Aztecs (6-4) by seven in overtime. Against the winless Hawaii Warriors, the Bulldogs just barely got off the island with a win, withstanding a late rally to win by five.
Their average margin of victory this season has gotten a major boost with Fresno State bullying some of the lesser teams on their roster. The Bulldogs have beaten four FBS teams by at least 18 points this season but those four teams have a combined record of just 14-27. Their biggest blowout of the year came against the 1-9 Idaho Vandals when Fresno State ran away with the game and won by 47. Against the moderately good teams on their schedule (and Hawaii), it has been tight.
But Fresno State continues to get the job done as one of the most clutch teams in the country on drives that matter most. At the end of the day, all that matters is the number in win column. As long as the Bulldogs keep coming out ahead at the end of the game, they’ll stay on track to bust the BCS in 2013.