The Fresno State Bulldogs continued their march to a perfect season with a dominant win over the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday thanks to 527 yards and seven touchdowns from quarterback Derek Carr. Despite improving to 10-0 and clinching a spot in the Mountain West championship game, they lost ground in the latest BCS standings. Now with just two games to go in the 2013 season, are the Bulldogs going to be left out of the BCS party?
Ranked No. 16 in the latest standings, Fresno State fell one spot from last week’s standings and are now trailing the fellow BCS busting Northern Illinois Huskies for the automatic berth into the BCS. They are still ahead of the likely AAC champion, the Central Florida Knights however, so they still have hope to get into the party. That puts them in position to receive an automatic BCS bid in the final year of the system if they can somehow find a way back ahead of NIU.
Next week, Fresno State goes on the road to take on the San Jose State Spartans in the regular season finale for both programs. From there, the Bulldogs will go on to the first Mountain West Conference title game to take on the winner of the Mountain Division (currently led by the Utah State Aggies). Winning with “style” in emphatic fashion would certainly help to provide Fresno with a nice boost heading into the final BCS standings, but a loss from the Huskies may be necessary to get them into position to be this season’s BCS buster.
All season long, Carr and the Bulldogs have been one of the most exciting non-BCS conference teams to watch. But now they find themselves on the outside looking in as the season comes to a head. Can they find a way to get back into the BCS conversation and cash in on a big pay day against one of the “big boy” programs this January?