Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Fresno State season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Fresno State Bulldogs
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
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Jeff Tedford just ruined it for everyone else.
It’s supposed to take a recruiting cycle to get the right pieces in place. There’s realistically needs to be a five-year plan to make a woeful program good. There needs to be an understanding when it comes to needing time to start winning.
Not at Fresno State.
Any new head coach who takes over a 1-11 team that scored 212 points and failed to beat an FBS team isn’t supposed to win ten games and play for a conference title the next season.
Lane Kiffin might have done big things right away at Florida Atlantic, Bill Clark took UAB from nothing to something, and Scott Frost – even though there was a ton of talent in place – took UCF from winless to self-proclaimed national champion in two years. But what Tedford did was phenomenal.
It wasn’t just that Fresno State won more games in one season than it did in the previous three seasons; it’s that it seemed to do everything right.
The line play was fantastic. The team led the Mountain West in fewest turnovers, there weren’t a lot of penalties, and the defense became a brick wall as the season went on.
That was good. Now, with just about everyone back, Fresno State has to do it again, and even better.
The offense that scored 168 more points than the previous year’s version should be even more explosive now that Tedford – a brilliant offensive mind – gets to tinker.
Marcus McMaryion is a veteran quarterback getting back a slew of fantastic targets, led by all-star KeeSean Johnson and Jamire Jordan. Best of all, the running game that was okay last season should do far more, with some changing around of the All-Mountain West parts of the line to try creating more home runs.
The Mountain West’s best defense at getting into the backfield loses the ends, but gets back everyone else.
The secondary is loaded with all-star talent, starting with the safety tandem of Juju Hughes and Mike Bell. and Jeffrey Allison and the linebacking corps will be fantastic again.
And then there’s Tedford, who has found something big in his second act as a college football head man.
He might have set the bar way too high way too early, but Fresno State fans aren’t going to complain.