Saturday, September 17, 2005
Gameday Dogs vs Ducks
It was raining yesterday when Fresno State arrived in Eugene, but it should be clear for kickoff. Fresno State needs to come away with a victory and good showing against Oregon, today. Every other non-BCS school has looked awful this year. No one has yet to step out. TCU did, only to fall flat on their face a week later. UTEP looked hardly the BCS buster in their double overtime win versus Houston. There is not a better chance for Fresno State to steal the media spotlight than this year.
The Bulldogs are ranked 23rd in the nation, and have back to back games against good opponents in Oregon and Toledo. A win in both will solidify Fresno State's ranking, and make games against Boise State and USC more meaningful down the stretch. First, the Bulldogs must get by Oregon.
The Ducks can beat Fresno State easily, if the Bulldogs fail to get the ground game going or start to turn the ball over. Read Fresno Bee beat writer David White's keys to the game and preview.
NCAA 06 PREDICTION
According to EA Sports NCAA 06, the Dogs and Ducks game will be close.
Paul Pinegar throws three interceptions in the first half and Wendell Mathis is held under 20 yards, but Fresno State still takes a 14-13 lead at the half. Oregon's Kellen Clemens take over early in the third quarter with the pass. The Ducks tack on a field goal and a touchdown with a 2pt conversion for a 24-14 lead.
Fresno State's run game gets on track late in the third, and wears Oregon down in fourth quarter. Mathis and Bryson Sumlin each get touchdowns and as Fresno State pulls out the win, 28-24.