Fresno State's Scheduling Suprises
I have to say when I first heard about Fresno State taking on Texas A&M I was not the happiest of fans. I thought the Cincinatti game was a much better fit with respect to the players and the level we are on right now. However, I never thought 2007 would be the season to make a run in the first place so I guess playing this game is not going to be nearly as horrifying as I first thought it to be. I compare this game to the one David Carr went through when the Dogs traveled to play a decent Ohio State team in 2000 and were handled by the Buckeyes. If Fresno State cannot handle the atmosphere of the twelth man (pictured left) then that is fine, it will be an experience that will only help the Dogs in the years to come. I had originally thought that 2008 would be the year to make a run at the BCS but the schedule seems to be shaping up to be very tough to do so. With three out of four OOC games on the road against K-State, UCLA, and Toledo the Dogs are going to have to play their "A" game every week. Not to mention their lone home OOC game will be against the Badgers of Wisconsin.
I am not going to be negative about these two games. I feel like Fresno State will not win the game at A&M however I do feel that they will gain vauable experience as a young team. By playing this game it is going to help the Dogs go on the road in 2008 and handle the crowd pressure that they have not experienced lately. Yes in 2005 they went to USC and last year they went to LSU but the LSU game was over before it started and the USC game was as much a home game as any other game has been for the Dogs. You have to continue to give the admimistration credit for scheduling games with large tier schools year after year. My only question overall is: Are we ever going to be able to acquire the status of a team who garners a one for one deal? We are going to play both of these games without a return trip from either team which bothers me. I feel like the least UCLA could do is give us a 2 for 1 by filling their 2008 OOC for them. Sometimes the price you have to pay as a mid-major is just not worth all of the problems you end up with.
In the end Fresno State will continue to schedule teams that are of BCS caliber. As long as Pat Hill is our coach we will play the toughest schedule in the WAC. I just hope that Hill does not fron-load the schedule again because if he does the Dogs are going to be worn out by the time WAC play starts and we all know what that means: two losses to teams the Dogs should beat.