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2018 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

The 2018 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented California State University, Fresno in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs were led by second-year head coach Jeff Tedford and played their home games at Bulldog Stadium. They were a member of the Mountain West Conference in the West Division. They finished the season 12–2, 7–1 in Mountain West play to be champions of the West Division. They represented the West Division in the Mountain West Championship Game where they defeated Boise State to become Mountain West champions. They were invited to the Las Vegas Bowl where they defeated Arizona State. Their 12 wins are the most wins in a single season in school history.

2018 Fresno State Bulldogs football
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Mountain West champion
MW West Division champion
Las Vegas Bowl champion
ConferenceMountain West Conference
DivisionWest Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 18
APNo. 18
2018 record12–2 (7–1 MW)
Head coachJeff Tedford (2nd as HC, 8th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorKalen DeBoer (2nd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorBert Watts (1st as DC 2nd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumBulldog Stadium
(Capacity: 41,031)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 23 Boise State x   7 1         10 3  
No. 22 Utah State   7 1         11 2  
Wyoming   4 4         6 6  
Air Force   3 5         5 7  
Colorado State   2 6         3 9  
New Mexico   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 18 Fresno State x$   7 1         12 2  
Nevada   5 3         8 5  
Hawaii   5 3         8 6  
San Diego State   4 4         7 6  
UNLV   2 6         4 8  
San Jose State   1 7         1 11  
Championship: Fresno State 19, Boise State 16 (OT)
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Bulldogs finished the 2017 season 10–4, 7–1 in Mountain West play to win the West Division. They lost to Mountain Division champion Boise State in the Mountain West Championship Game. They were invited to the Hawaii Bowl where they defeated Houston. They became only the second team in college football history to win ten games the year after they lost ten or more games (1–11 in 2016).

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

RecruitsEdit

The Bulldogs signed a total of 17 recruits.[1]

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Chuck Bednarik Award[2] Jeffrey Allison LB JR
Maxwell Award[3] Marcus McMaryion QB SR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[4] KeeSean Johnson WR SR
John Mackey Award[5] Jared Rice TE JR
Butkus Award[6] Jeffrey Allison LB JR
Wuerffel Trophy[7] Marcus McMaryion QB SR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[8] Marcus McMaryion QB SR

Mountain West media daysEdit

During the Mountain West media days held July 24–25 at the Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip, the Bulldogs were predicted as favorites to win the West Division title.[9]

Media pollEdit

West Division
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Fresno State 126 (16)
2 San Diego State 116 (6)
3 UNLV 78
4 Nevada 72
5 Hawaii 45
6 San Jose State 25

Preseason All-Mountain West TeamEdit

The Bulldogs had two players selected to the preseason all-Mountain West team.[10]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 p.m.Idaho*StadiumW 79–1331,170
September 84:30 p.m.at Minnesota*FS1L 14–2138,280
September 157:30 p.m.at UCLA*FS1W 38–1460,867
September 297:30 p.m.Toledo*
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Fresno, CA
ESPNUW 49–2733,401
October 67:30 p.m.at NevadaESPNUW 21–315,367
October 137:30 p.m.Wyoming
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Fresno, CA
ESPNUW 27–328,501
October 204:30 p.m.at New MexicoESPNUW 38–716,708
October 277:30 p.m.Hawaii 
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Fresno, CA (rivalry)
ESPN2W 50–2033,659
November 37:30 p.m.at UNLVNo. 20CBSSNW 48–315,276
November 97:15 p.m.at Boise StateNo. 16ESPN2L 17–2433,118
November 177:30 p.m.San Diego State
CBSSNW 23–1436,123
November 244:00 p.m.San Jose State
ESPNUW 31–1326,162
December 14:45 p.m.at No. 19 Boise StateNo. 25
ESPNW 19–16 OT23,662
December 1512:30 p.m.vs. Arizona State*No. 19
ABCW 31–20 37,146
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Sources: [11][12][13][14]

Game summariesEdit

IdahoEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
11–4 2013 W 61–14
Idaho Vandals at Fresno State Bulldogs
1 2 34Total
Vandals 6 0 7013
Bulldogs 16 28 142179

at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California

Junior defensive back Jaron Bryant was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week after returning two blocked field goals for touchdowns.[17]

at MinnesotaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Fresno State Bulldogs at Minnesota Golden Gophers
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 0 0 7714
Golden Gophers 7 3 01121

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

at UCLAEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–6 2008 W 36–31
Fresno State Bulldogs at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 13 3 15738
Bruins 0 7 7014

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

ToledoEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2016 L 17–52
Toledo Rockets at Fresno State Bulldogs
1 2 34Total
Rockets 7 6 01427
Bulldogs 7 21 21049

at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California

at NevadaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
28–20–1 2017 W 41–21
Fresno State Bulldogs at Nevada Wolf Pack
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 0 7 7721
Wolf Pack 0 3 003

at Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nevada

WyomingEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–5 2017 W 13–7
Wyoming Cowboys at Fresno State Bulldogs
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 0 003
Bulldogs 6 7 14027

at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California

at New MexicoEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
12–4 2017 W 38–0
Fresno State Bulldogs at New Mexico Lobos
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 10 14 14038
Lobos 0 7 007

at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

HawaiiEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
27–22–1 2017 W 31–21
51st rivalry meeting: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Fresno State Bulldogs
1 2 34Total
Rainbow Warriors 3 10 0720
Bulldogs 14 23 10350

at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California

at UNLVEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–6 2017 L 16–26
No. 20 Fresno State Bulldogs at UNLV Rebels
1 2 34Total
No. 20 Bulldogs 7 10 171448
Rebels 0 0 033

at Sam Boyd Stadium, Whitney, Nevada

at Boise StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–14 2017 L 14–17
Battle for the Milk Can: No. 16 Fresno State Bulldogs at Boise State Broncos
1 2 34Total
No. 16 Bulldogs 0 10 7017
Broncos 3 0 71424

at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

San Diego StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
24–29–4 2017 W 27–3
Battle for the Old Oil Can: San Diego State Aztecs at Fresno State Bulldogs
1 2 34Total
Aztecs 7 7 0014
Bulldogs 7 3 7623

at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California

San Jose StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
41–37–3 2017 W 27–10
Battle for the Valley Trophy: San Jose State Spartans at Fresno State Bulldogs
1 2 34Total
Spartans 0 0 01313
Bulldogs 0 3 141431

at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California

at Boise State (Mountain West Championship Game)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–15 November 9, 2018 L 14–24
Mountain West Championship Game: No. 25 Fresno State Bulldogs at No. 19 Boise State Broncos
1 2 34OTTotal
No. 25 Bulldogs 7 3 30619
No. 19 Broncos 7 0 06316

at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

vs. Arizona State (Las Vegas Bowl)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 1941 L 7–26
Las Vegas Bowl: No. 19 Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Arizona State Sun Devils
1 2 34Total
No. 19 Bulldogs 10 7 7731
Sun Devils 7 10 3020

at Sam Boyd Stadium, Whitney, Nevada

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 20 16 RV RV 25 19 18 
Coaches RV RV NR RV NR RV RV RV RV 23 17 RV 23 23 21 18 
CFP Not released 23 23 NR NR 25 21 Not released

HonorsEdit

Mountain WestEdit

Team Player Position Year
First Christian Cronk OL SR
First Mykal Walker DL JR
First Jeff Allison LB JR
First Tank Kelly DB SR
Second KeeSean Johnson WR SR
Second Jared Rice TE JR
Second Micah St. Andrew OL SR
Second Juju Hughes DB JR
Second Mike Bell DB JR
Second Blake Cusick P JR
Honorable Jason Bryant DB JR
Honorable Jasad Haynes DL JR
Honorable George Helmuth LB SR
Honorable Marcus McMaryion QB SR

Jeff Allison is the defensive player of the year in the Mountain West Conference.

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Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
6 174 KeeSean Johnson WR Arizona Cardinals

ReferencesEdit

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