Calling all Fresno State football fans, bandwagon fans, or the fans that have stumbled across Bulldog Stadium. Yes, you! What is it going to take for you to support and pack Bulldog Stadium? No, Derek Carr will not be there, but I can tell you who will. The First place Fresno State Bulldogs. What will it take to fill up Bulldog Stadium? A win versus an FBS opponent? Check! Back to back wins? Check! A winning streak? Check! How about having won more games this season, than the previous two years combined? Check! What about beating back to back Mountain West Conference champion San Diego State? Check! Last one, how about being undefeated at home and in Mountain West play? Check!
There is this old saying, that if you win, people will show up. Now, more than ever will that saying be put to the test. Fresno State (5-2, 4-0 MW) fresh off a beat down of in-state rival, and current two time defending Mountain West champion San Diego State (6-2, 2-2 MW) is now in the drivers seat to make a third conference championship appearance, and first since 2014. Not only do the Bulldogs have the inside track to come out of the western division, but also are in prime position to host the Mountain West championship game in December.
Fresno State is undefeated at home, and could really use that home field mystique it once had, that intimidating feeling it gave opponents, that hostel environment Bulldog Stadium was when visiting players walked up and down that ramp to a warm welcome and a lot of barking. What more does this Fresno State team have to do? One more win, and this 1-11 squad from last year, will become bowl eligible. One of the factors of being selected to a bowl is... you guessed it, attendance! But, that is beside the point. Fact is, these Bulldogs are exciting to watch on both sides of the ball. The offense is putting points up on the scoreboard. The defense is putting points up as well, but also playing tough, physical, shutout defense. As the Bulldogs have two, in three games.
Fresno State is averaging 48 points at Bulldog Stadium, They have done more than enough, to show you the casual fan, not the die hard, always there no matter what fans, but the casual fans that need to do their part and show up and support a great product. These last three games should all be sell-outs, and who knows, the way the Bulldogs are playing, there could possibly be a fourth game (Mountain West Championship) Fresno State is also sniffing around the Top 25.
October 23rd, 2016 Fresno State relieved then head coach Tim DeRuyter, and one year later the Bulldogs are in first place, in the hunt for a chance to be in the Mountain West title game, might also be ranked in a couple weeks, and again I ask where would you be starting this Saturday night when Fresno State faces off against UNLV? (2-5, 1-3 MW) November is fast approaching, and in college football the games you always remember are in November. These upcoming games will have a huge impact on what is in store, but up to this point the Bulldogs have done far more than enough to have Bulldog Stadium rocking again.
November 10, 2016 Fresno State hired its new head football coach in Jeff Tedford, November 11, 2017 Fresno State Plays at Hawaii, almost a year to the date, and the Bulldogs have a chance to clinch the western division with a win, and be at the Mountain West Conference championship game. But all of this happens this Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium with a win. The question remains the same. Where would you be?