Just like BYU was always the hated team in the old Western Athletic Conference, the Bulldogs are fast becoming the program its peers love to hate in the new much weaker WAC.
San Jose State and Hawaii have no love lost for Fresno State, and Boise State fans may praise the Bulldogs publicly and on message boards, but how can a true Donkey fan root for their biggest rival? The WAC should have a "one for all, all for one" motto in order to compete with the MWC. However, there has to be at least one team everyone wants to beat and humiliate, and that team just happens to be Fresno State.
That is why I am expecting New Mexico State to come in Saturday and try to lay the lumber to Fresno State. It's no secret Aggie Head Coach Hal Mumme shows little class and if given the chance he will do his best to run up the score to embarrass Pat Hill and his program. Dan Hawkins did it quite well in Boise State's 67-21 win in 2002. June Jones could have laid a 100 spot the 'Dogs this season, but felt 68 was enough embarrassment already.
With the Bulldogs season spiraling out of control, at least three of the remaining team's will be out to whip Fresno State. Mumme's Aggies, because he has no class. Idaho's Dennis Erickson has never won in Fresno and remember his 2001 Beavers were pasted by Hill's Bulldogs. And the one school that hates Fresno more than Hawaii, San Jose State. The Spartans will make up for 15 years of frustration December 2.
Hill guarantees four wins in the last four games, but in my opinion these last four will be some tough games to win. How much motivation do the Bulldogs have left? They will play four teams they are expected to beat, and three will have a personal vendetta to beat Fresno State. The fourth, Louisiana Tech, has beaten the Bulldogs the last two years. The Bulldogs must dig deep if they expect to win. They are clearly more talented, but this year the talent has not equaled wins. This is a team that is desperate for a win, but I don't expect another until next season against Sacramento State.
Pat Hill and his Bulldogs used to be the hunters and now they are the hunted. It's apparent, its a role they're not prepared to handle.