Breaking Down the Fresno State Bulldogs Win Total
2020-05-03 15:00:00 EDT
The Fresno State Bulldogs are projected to be in the mix for a potential bowl berth in the 2020 college football season, and possibly more.
Fresno State had a pretty difficult football season in 2019. The Bulldogs went 4-8 overall and 2-6 in a tough Mountain West, finishing in last place in the West Division. In 2020, Fresno State will try to reestablish themselves in the conference and make a play for a bowl game if all goes well. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Let’s take a closer look at Fresno State’s current status and break down their chances at hitting seven wins this season.
Last season was a major step backward for the Bulldogs, as they had gone 12-2 overall and 7-1 in Mountain West play in 2018, winning the division, the conference championship and eventually getting a win over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl. The down 2019 campaign led to the resignation of head coach Jeff Tedford, who was replaced by Kalen DeBoer, who himself is in his third overall season with the team.
The good news is that DeBoer and his crew have some pretty solid playmakers returning this season, and if all goes well Fresno State should be able to do some damage offensively. Running back Ronnie Rivers returns for his senior season, and he’ll open up a lot of room for the quarterback—likely Jake Haener—to work the field with a deep crew of receivers. One storyline Fresno State is probably going to deal with this year is the health of their offensive line. Nine different players made at least one start there last year, so some consistency with avoiding the injury bug would go a long way toward the Bulldogs’ success.
Looking at Fresno State’s schedule, we’ll likely have a good idea of the team’s identity early on in the season. The Bulldogs have two tough matchups (at Colorado and Air Force) sandwiched around the open week, then have to travel to Colorado State and Texas A&M. The Nevada game looms large in late October, and San Diego State should be a potent team this year as well. Needless to say, none of those outings will be easy.
Pick: I’m going with the over here. Overall, I’m optimistic about Fresno State’s chances; they’ve got a pretty good returning roster and an experienced coaching staff that should help the team reach its potential. There are some severely intimidating games on the schedule, but there are also a lot of wins to be had. I like the Bulldogs to improve over last season and reach the 7-to-8 win mark in 2020.
2020 Fresno State Bulldogs Football Schedule
Day, Date Opponent
Saturday, September 5 Idaho State
Saturday, September 12 at Colorado
Saturday, September 19 OPEN
Saturday, September 26 Air Force
Saturday, October 3 at Colorado State
Saturday, October 10 at Texas A&M
Saturday, October 17 New Mexico State
Saturday, October 24 at Nevada
Saturday, October 31 Hawaii
Saturday, November 7 at UNLV
Saturday, November 14 at Utah State
Saturday, November 21 San Diego State
Saturday, November 28 San Jose State
Saturday, December 5 MWC Championship