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5 Reasons Why Fresno State Football Should Be Taken Seriously

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5 Reasons Why Fresno State Football Should Be Taken Seriously

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The Fresno State Bulldogs are for real. They have acclimated to the Mountain West Conference well and show no signs of slowing down, especially with an explosive offense that averages 384 passing yards per game.

Just two years ago, the Bulldogs were just another Division-I collegiate football team. In fact, they were one of the worst teams in the land. With a laughable 4-9 record, the Bulldogs seemed like they were going to go nowhere. Their only wins of the 2011 season came against subpar teams in North Dakota, Utah State, Idaho and Hawaii. That’s nothing to be proud of.

However, the tides have changed this season. After improving to 9-4 in 2012, the team looked like they were going to turn the program around.

They did just that.

2013 has been nothing short of successful for the Bulldogs. They’re unbeaten so far this year and are 9-0 for just the third time in school history. This team is special, no doubt about it. While this unprecedented success can be stemmed from a talented offense and a stingy defense, the Bulldogs’ head coach should be at the center of attention.

In his second year as the head coach at Fresno State, Tim DeRuyter has revolutionized this once-lowly program and has turned it into a powerhouse. While the Bulldogs are not quite at the elite status that Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State enjoy, there’s no telling how good this Fresno State team could be in the next few years.

Here are five primary reasons why the Bulldogs should be taken seriously this season.

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5. Davante Adams

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Davante Adams, Fresno State's standout wide receiver, leads the nation with 15 touchdown receptions and averages 10 catches per game. Like Ejiro Ederaine, Adams is only a sophomore. Adams is a matchup nightmare for cornerbacks, as he measures 6-foot-2 and weighs a sturdy 216 pounds. Good luck shutting him down.

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4. Defensive Pressure

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In only nine games, the Fresno State defense has applied insurmountable pressure to opposing quarterbacks. The Bulldogs are ninth in the nation with 28 sacks, averaging about three sacks per game. The defense is led by outside linebacker Ejiro Ederaine, who’s just a sophomore. Ederaine leads the team in sacks with nine, which ranks sixth in the nation.

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3. Dominant Offensive Line

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In nine games this season, the Fresno State Bulldogs have only allowed eight sacks. The offensive line is anchored by tackle Austin Wentworth. The 6-foot-5 behemoth entered his senior season this year with 30 starts. Wentworth is the 17th overall tackle prospect in next year’s NFL draft, according to CBS Sports.

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2. Scoring in Bunches

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The Fresno State Bulldogs have beaten every opponent this season by two touchdowns or more, with the exception of Boise State and Rutgers. Against the Idaho Vandals, Fresno State put up 734 yards of offense and forced five turnovers. Idaho hasn’t allowed over 600 yards in any other game this season. Fresno State is just that good.

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1. Derek Carr

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Need I say more? Derek Carr, a redshirt senior, is third in nation in passing (3,421) and is responsible for 32 passing touchdowns. Carr is an offensive machine and is sure to be a first or second round pick in this year’s NFL draft.