It is well-known in the game of college football that you have an NFL quarterback, you have a chance. Fresno State has their NFL quarterback in Derek Carr and with an impressive 3-0 record, the Bulldogs have a very realistic chance to break into the BCS.
Right now Carr is completing 69% of his passes for 1121 yards, 12 touchdowns and only one interception. They scored 51 points on a Rutgers team that’s currently celebrating their victory over an improved Arkansas team, 41 points on Cal Poly and 41 points on Boise State. They probably would’ve scored 60 points on Colorado, but a massive flood there indefinitely postponed the game with a small chance of rescheduling.
Now not playing Colorado isn’t going to really effect their strength of schedule. They might as well be playing Colorado State twice. Their strength of schedule should be good enough — or at least better than Northern Illinois last year — if they were to play and beat Boise State again in the Mountain West Championship Game.
That win over the Broncos was a breakthrough for the Bulldogs, who if not for constantly losing to them likely would’ve been considered the premier BCS-buster. Fresno State played four BCS teams in four bowls (including Georgia Tech twice) from 2002-2007 and have won every time. But in the last decade, they were victorious over their rival only once. Even when they miraculously won in 2005, the Milk Can trophy wasn’t even ready.
“So that’s what that looks like huh?” head coach Tim DeRuyter said in the post-game press conference.
“I think in a lot of people mind’s this game is the measuring stick to see where you are in this conference and to get past that is huge.”
Wyoming looks to be their only real remaining possible pitfall this season. The Mountain West is going to be looked down on by the BCS voters (aka the national media) but if Boise State and Fresno State continue to run the table and set up a pivotal MWC Championship Game, Fresno State should have a chance to break into the BSC this year.