Who: Fresno State Bulldogs (3-2) at CSU Rams (2-3)
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
Line: Rams by 6 1/2
What: Rams look to right ship and exact revenge against the
Bulldogs, who won at Hughes 27-24 in overtime in 2001.
CSU: Van Pelt seems to be struggling, but he is known for having
big games when people are down on him. Holland has looked great in
relief of Van Pelt, so the position still looks strong. Van Pelt
has thrown for 1,323 yards and nine touchdowns but has been
picked-off six times. Holland has thrown two touchdowns and has yet
to throw a pick.
The duo of Pittman and David Anderson is lethal. Both receivers
pile on the yards, 1,009 between the two, as well as the
receptions, 55, but a third receiver has to replace the loss of
Dreessen this week. That receiver should be Eric Hill. He has the
talent and needs to be given the opportunity to use it.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs’ passing game will get a huge lift if
Pinegar is sharp in his return. Senior Jeff Grady hasn’t looked
good but has gotten the job done in Pinegar’s absence. He has
thrown for 870 yards with four touchdowns and six
Look for them to try to test the shaky CSU defensive backs.
Bernard Berrian is a stud, but with Berrian drawing all of the
attention of other defenses, Marque Davis, twin brother of Rodney
Davis, has come up big for the Bulldogs. He has caught 13 balls for
CSU: The Rams’ running game has been non-existent in the team’s
back-to-back defeats, and it needs to get on track. Last week
Houston did gain 72 yards, but it came on 28 carries. The backs
need to hold on to the ball if they have any chance of winning this
Fresno State: The emergence of Wright has been a huge plus for
this team. Bryson Sumlin is a hard-nosed runner with four
touchdowns to his credit. Rodney Davis hasn’t found his groove yet,
but he did run for 1,586 yards last year.
Advantage: Fresno State
CSU: Possibly the Rams strongest unit of the whole team, the
front seven has played solid football all year. Patrick Goodpaster
has turned in some solid games, and even though Pauly is lost for
the season, the ‘backers still will play strong. The Rams’
secondary has had a rollercoaster ride of a season, but improvement
has been seen. Safety Bennie Mastropaolo is playing well, and
Dexter Wynn is solid.
Fresno State: Middle linebacker Marc Dailey returned against
Portland State and should help firm-up a young defense that is
allowing 427.0 yards per game, but the Bulldogs have faced many
talented offenses including Oregon State, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
With 10 interceptions, and only one team (Oklahoma) throwing for
more than 300 yards against them, the defensive backs are playing
CSU: The Rams’ kicking game can be shaky at times, but overall
has been decent.
Fresno State: Returned a kick-off for a touchdown last week
against Portland State, and have a decent kicking game.
Advantage: Fresno State