Saturday, September 09, 2006
What a Day for Football in Fresno
Tonight Oregon will step into Bulldog stadium to take on our Fresno State Bulldogs. Anyone who truly pays attention to the Oregon-Fresno State series knows these games tend to come down to whomever has the ball last. The last four times these two teams have played Oregon has come away the winner, but not once has it been by more than four points. Fresno State tends to have a team that matches up well against Oregon and tonight's team is no different. After reviewing each teams offenses, defenses, and special teams I found Oregon to hold a slight edge overall. However, many Fresno fans do not agree that Oregon's special teams are on the same level as ours. If I gave the special teams edge to Fresno then I would have said that both Fresno and Oregon are technically equal.
Tonight's game is going to be played in absolutely perfect football weather. In a city where 100 degrees has been the norm for over two months tonight's forecast is for clear skies with a temperature of 80 degrees at kickoff. By halftime the temperature should be down in the mid 70's. As Fresno State football fans we could not ask for more in one of our most important home games to date. Oregon comes in ranked #20, something the Bulldogs do not get to experience often. Teams from BCS conferences do not come into Fresno ranked to play the Bulldogs. Just ask those who have tried to win in Fresno from BCS conferences. Oregon State and Cal will tell you first hand how hard it is to win in Bulldog stadium. Tonight will be no different as Oregon will have to play a great game to beat the Bulldogs. However, don't get me wrong because Fresno will have to play near flawless to win the game as well.
Overall regardless of what happens Bulldog fans are in for a treat as overflow tickets have been sold out as well as all stadium tickets for tonights game. Tonight's game has actually been sold out since Wednesday, something we dont see in Fresno too often. The only thing I can say is Go Dogs, give it your all and you will have 43,000 fans behind you tonight at Bulldog Stadium.
Boise beats Oregon State - On a side note we should all be happy that Boise spanked Oregon State. Not only did this game expose Oregon State for the fraud of a PAC-10 school that it is, but it showed Boise can play and rip into a BCS school just as any other big name school can. This weekend is a big weekend for WAC schools. Here is hoping we can hold our own against the PAC-10. Other games between WAC and PAC-10 schools today are:
Nevada @ Arizona State
Idaho @ Washington State
Stanford @ San Jose State
Keep your fingers crossed that another school aside Boise can knock off a PAC-10 school. We don't want to be the doormats for these BCS conferences forever. The only way to knock that generalization about our conference is to win these important OOC games.