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2006 Fresno State Bulldogs Football Preview

Welcome to Maddux's 2006 Fresno State Bulldogs season preview. As usual we have taken the time to break down the team, while providing information about the university, and the 2006 Fresno State Bulldogs Football Schedule. If you are wagering on college football this season consider using Maddux Sports' College football picks for the added edge over the sportsbooks in 2006. In addition be sure to visit our college football odds line service for the upcoming season.

Coach: Pat Hill (10th year at Fresno State)
Team Name: Bulldogs
2005 Overall Record: 8-4
2005 WAC Record 6-2
Returning Starters: 14

Four successive loses, including a 24-31 Liberty Bowl beating by Tulsa, diminished the Bulldogs prior regular season success, including 13 weeks ranked in the top 25. This year the team fields two sophomore quarterbacks.

Tom Brandstater with 13 attempts, 6 completions, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception, has the most experience and will most likely get the start. Junior running back Dwayne Wright, who missed all of 2005 and most of 2004 with a knee injury, is healthy and ready to replicate his 2003 season, when he gained 1,038 yards and scored 3 TDs.

Two senior wide receivers, Joe Fernandez (46 REC, 561 YDS, 8 TDs) and Paul Williams, bring sure hands to the offensive equation. The frontline will provide sound protection.

Although the defense has lost Garrett McIntyre on the line and Richard Marshall at corner, they still have a bunch of talent and plenty of veteran presence. MLB Dwayne Andrews took down offensive players a total of 71 times, while defensive end Tyler Clutts caught quarterbacks 7 times behind the line of scrimmage. Senior CB Marcus McCauley provides excellent coverage and leadership for the secondary.

Fresno State could contend for the conference crown and should find a bowl berth. It’s possible they can beat rival Boise State. Upsets against Oregon and LSU would probably make the team perfect for the season, but that will be tough to do.

Fresno State Bulldogs 2006 Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Sep 1
Nevada
Home
Sep 9
Oregon
Home
Sep 16
Washington
Road
Sep 30
Colorado State
Home
Oct 7
Utah State
Road
Oct 14
Hawaii
Home
Oct 21
LSU
Road
Nov 1
Boise State
Road
Nov 11
New Mexico State
Home
Nov 18
Idaho
Home
Nov 24
La Tech
Road
Dec 2
San Jose State
Road

 

For more data on the 2006 Fresno State football program, view the Bulldogs team website or check out some more schools below.

 

2006 Non BCS Team Previews

There are always a few teams not in the major BCS conferences that are major BCS bowl game contenders or popular teams to write about it. We have listed 12 of those teams below. For teams other than these contenders check out the main 2006 college football preview section of Maddux Sports.

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